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This tool can identify printed fonts in seconds


Identify real-life fonts with the help of Spector

One of the chores in the life of a designer is identifying a font. With so many subtle variations – including handwriting fonts and cursive fonts – it's no easy feat. However with the help of Spector, recognising fonts could be set to become a whole lot easier.

A prototype student-made device, Spector appears too good to be true. Capable of snapping a photo of text and cross-referencing the font's shape, weight and kerning with information on a typography database, Spector acts like a real-life eyedropper tool. But for words.

Although it's still in its early stages, Spector can identify several different font families and ever detect CMYK/RGB colours. At the moment it is not for sale, but if Spector ever becomes capable of identifying any font and colour, it's bound to become a must-have tool for typographers and graphic designers.

Source: The Next Web

Dom Carter
Dom Carter is Creative Bloq's staff writer, news finder, and all round design fan. You'll usually find him drooling over screen prints and coveting more notebooks than is practical.