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Question about unknown fonts used

Nov 25, 2013 8:26 AM

I inherited an AI file that I need to work with. The main project is text and I can't (or don't know how) to identify the existing font.


So my question is, is it possible that the file creator made up the font in Illustrator? I tried the find font tool, and also when I try to import the file into photoshop it opens as a flattened image. So that doesn't help me.

How would I know if they did in fact create the font?

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    Nov 25, 2013 9:04 AM   in reply to f8saysso

    Can you post the file on a file sharing site for us to look at? When you open the file do you get a Find Missing Font dialog? If you can highlight the text then the name should appear in the Character panel. What does it say?

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    Nov 25, 2013 10:02 AM   in reply to f8saysso

    Are you trying to edit this text or just retain the appearance of the existing text without having the actual font? You can't create a complete font in Illustrator that I'm aware of. I have seen many designers stylize text in obscure or uncommon fonts which makes font matching problematic. Have you tried exporting some text ad PNG and run it through What the Font on the My Fonts site? If the automatic font matching engine isn't working for you, you can submit a font image to the experts on My Fonts and see what they can come up with.

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    Nov 25, 2013 10:14 AM   in reply to Windsor Whiner

    To add to what WW said, above; there are three font search engines I use regularly:


    What the Font:








    What Font Is:




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    Nov 25, 2013 11:10 AM   in reply to f8saysso



    What happens if you select some of the text with the normal Selection Tool?


    1) Do you see the letters as paths or text (on the artboard and in the Layers palette)?

    2) Does anything appear in the Font window of the Character palette?

    3) What appears to be there according to the Document Info palette?

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    Nov 26, 2013 2:07 AM   in reply to f8saysso

    For my part you are welcome, f8saysso.


    Some of us are, I think. And the same to you, if you are.

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