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How To Get "Close" ....FAST!

Discussion in 'Fonts and Typography' started by Geary, Dec 13, 2006.

  1. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    My question is what do you guys know about finding a font that's "close enough" in the fastest way possible. In other words, you know the drill, the customer wants some lettering like TODAY and you thumb through your fonts....find out you don't have it...then they say "oh, just get close". Following you are stuck trying to find the one that's closest and in the most expeditious way possible.

    Is there a font site, a program, or a method that digitally finds the closest thing to the font you know you want?

    Thanks for any suggestions! :thankyou:

    ~Gear
     
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  2. mladams7259

    mladams7259 Very Active Member

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    Are you talking about something like whatthefont.com ?
     
  3. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Perhaps. I don't know.....do they have a feature that allows you to enter a font name and search for the closest one to it (without it actually being THE font)?

    ~Gear
     
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    mladams7259 Very Active Member

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    The Vector Doctor Very Active Member

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    Well at whatthefont, it often gives you several choices when you upload a sample, especially when it cannot find a match

    Then there's always signs101
     
  6. jeffr0wland

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    I think the company is smart designs, but I believe they have a really good font reconition pug in for corel. I saw it demostrated at a show and it was pretty impressive.
     
  7. Che

    Che New Member

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    YES I have a program called The FONT THING and it helps to find fonts in a very fast way I have over 3,000 fonts on my computer and can find a match within 5 minutes. I can sell you a copy.
     
  8. GB2

    GB2 Very Active Member

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    I have good success with the font recognition feature of my ImagaroZ. It searches a database of nearly 40,000 fonts plus every font that you have installed. Also, it has a feature that will recognize fonts that have been distorted and it happens to be an excellent vector tracing program. If you like it, let me know and I'll tell you how to get a good deal on it!
     
  9. Mike Paul

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    Someone posted a link here to a free site about a week or two ago that did that. I believe it was Doug if memory serves me right...:rolleyes:
     
  10. Fred Weiss

    Fred Weiss Merchant Member

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    You're talking about FontExpert which i have discussed here many times. It is a free standing program with a database of font images for comparison. It has nothing to do with CorelDRAW.

    FontExpert really only matches fonts exactly. Once it misses, it tends to come up with some very strange suggestions.

    To find something close you should organize your font library into categories that make sense to you ... or use published classifications. then you can use TypoGraf, Font Navigator, the Font Thing or any number of available font management applications that will allow you to browse through uninstalled fonts.
     
  11. slappy

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    wait a minute.......isn't that freeware....i mean freeware is free right?[​IMG][​IMG]
    http://www.download.com/The-Font-Thing/3000-2316_4-1519711.html
     
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  12. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Thanks EVERYONE. (except for the guy trying to sell me something that's not his to sell) :tongue:

    You all are great! Thanks Fred....again, you are a treasure chest of knowledge and help! :thumb:

    Respect,
    ~Geary
     
  13. Buddy

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    The Font Thing is FREE.....don't pay anyone for it.

    We got your back Geary !!

    BUDDY
     
  14. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Thanks Buddy!

    Now, if you could point me to a version for MAC..... you'd have something that I would even PAY for!!! LOL....hahahahahahaha :tongue:

    ~Gear
     
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  15. slappy

    slappy Very Active Member

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    i posted a link for you above
     
  16. Mike Paul

    Mike Paul Major Contributor

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  17. Replicator

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    I have found that with ACDSee 9 PhotoManager you can browse through all
    of your fonts at one time like looking in a folder of pictures, it works flawlessly !
     
  18. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member

    Thank you sweetie....however, this old man is on a Mac....and I don't have the "IntelMac" yet. (Santa's on his way :wink: )

    ~Gear
     
  19. slappy

    slappy Very Active Member

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    well i hope you've been good[​IMG]
     
  20. Geary

    Geary Very Active Member


    Cool deal. Thanks Doc! :wink:

    ~Gear
     
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