How to identify a font in PDF [Windows, Mac]

Tashreef Shareef
by Tashreef Shareef
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  • In this article, we explore offline and online tools to help you identify fonts in PDF.
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A good font can improve the reader experience, and some fonts are just too eye-catchy. If you ever came across a PDF file with excellent font and wondered how to identify a font in PDF, this is the article you need.

There are a few ways to identify a font in PDF. You can either use the offline PDF programs like the Adobe Acrobat Reader or use web apps to identify fonts in a PDF file.

In this article, we explore how to identify a font in a PDF file. These tools are compatible with both Mac and Windows computers.


How to identify fonts from scanned PDF?

Adobe Acrobat Reader is a popular PDF reader available on multiple platforms. Apart from allowing you to read and edit the PDF documents, it comes with some nifty not so known features.

One such feature is the ability to detect PDF file fonts. Here is how to do it.

  1. Launch Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Click on File and select Open.
  3. Once you have the PDF file opened, right-click on the document.
  4. Select Properties.
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  5. In the Properties window, open the Fonts.

The Fonts will display all the details about the font used in the PDF document. If there is more than one font, it should display all the fonts in a list with font type and encoding.

That said, if you want to identify the font of a string of text then you will need Acrobat Document Reader Pro, which is a premium tool. If you have the Pro version installed, then go to Tool > Content > Edit Document Text.

Next, select the text that you want to identify the font for and select Properties again to access the fonts tab.

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Easily identify fonts from your PDF files by using the versatile Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Don’t want to download a PDF reader app just to identify a font? MyFonts is an online font for instant font identification powered by the world’s largest font collection website MonoType.

  1. Open the MyFonts page.
  2. Drag and drop the PNG or JPG file.
  3. If you have a PDF file, take a screenshot, save it as PNG, and then upload the file.
  4. Next, you need to select the text to identify using the crop tool.
  5. Click the Arrow icon to identify the selected font.
  6. WhatTheFont will display a list of matching fonts after scanning its collection.

Depending on the font type, you may have to purchase it before you can use it in your document.

⇒ Use MyFonts

Artwork Font Finder is similar to WhatTheFont; however, it allows you to upload PDF documents instead of an image to identify the font.

  1. Visit the Artwork Font Finder page.
  2. Click on Upload PDF.
  3. Select and upload your PDF.
  4. Artwork Font Finder will show the font-related information on the right pane.

Apart from identifying fonts, it can also help you find color information as well as measurement for the page.

⇒ Use Artwork Font Finder

PDF-Xchange Editor is a feature-rich PDF reader available for the Windows platform. It is a premium tool and comes in two versions PDF-Xchange Editor and PDF-Xchange Editor Plus.

If you have the PDF-Xchange Editor installed, here is how to identify fonts using the same.

  1. Open the PDF file in the editor.
  2. Right-click on the document and select Select Tool.
  3. Select the text and right-click again to select Text Properties.
  4. Open the Formatting tab to view the font type and other details.

⇒ Get PDF-Xchange Editor

Knowing what fonts are used in a document can help you make your documents better. You can identify the font in PDF using the tools listed in this article.

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