detect the font that was used in an image

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I'm working in a system that is hosted in the cloud.  In the Font section, I would like to be able to select text and have snagit detect the type of font that is being used and match this font including size and color. 
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I am SO with you.  In fact I raised this idea while ago and then underwent an education process in how technically difficult that is.  Even the OCR behind "Grab text" stumbles on a straight conversion.  To identify the exact font and size would be extremely difficult.

But, OH, how I long for what you requested!!!!!!!!!!!!
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What you can do until such time as SnagIt might have this feature is to trim the image to the text and try uploading it to And once uploaded, they take a guess at what font was used to create the text.

Cheers... Rick :)
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This would be cool to have not only in Snagit but Camtasia too.

Of course its not a reality yet so we have to consider the options.

As Rick Stone post points to there are online sources that you can upload a image and the service will give you some suggestions as to what may have been used.

I know of NO service or software that can exactly match a font so "this is close" is the best you can expect.

Here are a few places to try.

Click on the Image to go to the site.




Do you have a problem or maybe custom font that is hard to identify?

Post it to the Typeface topic on Quora where a font expert may be able to help.

Lastly if you have a newer version of Photoshop (not sure when this was first offered)

You can use the rectangle marquee tool to select some text and then go to Type menu > Match font

Photoshop will try to match the font used with what is installed on your computer.
If you are signed in to the creative cloud also Photoshop will also try to find/sync the font from typekit.

This is Photoshop 19

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