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I find it convenient to use Google Fonts on the websites I build.

Quite often I need to find the closest Google Font to a specific commercial font to match a client requirement.

This type of question is fairly common for specific fonts such as Helvetica Neue Equivalent on Google Fonts? but is there an online tool where I can show an example of a commercial font by uploading an image and then have the tool display the three closest Google Fonts?

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In a lot of cases, this would be somewhat subjective. Also note that not all brand guidelines would be OK with choosing a typeface that's "close but not quite" –  DA01 Jan 17 at 16:30
    
Thanks @DA01, it doesn't have to be perfect. I am mostly working for small businesses rather than big brands and they are generally pretty happy to avoid paying for a commercial font if there is something similar for free. –  Neil Robertson Jan 18 at 1:41
    
for a specific answer, Roboto sans is a good google font to replace Helvetica, it's been accused of being a "Helvetica ripoff." as far as the more general area of any other fonts, the tools referenced in the answers below will be your best bet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roboto google.com/fonts/specimen/Roboto –  BrianC May 27 at 15:57

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Here are two links.. i found these useful to find the fonts.. but you have to select font's image of reasonable size.

  1. http://www.whatfontis.com/
  2. http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

I hope this will help you

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The problem with WhatTheFont is that it only works for fonts that MyFonts can sell. Since the fonts on Google Fonts are mostly released under the SIL Open Font License, I don't think there will be much (any?) overlap there. For example, WhatTheFont is clueless at recognizing Ubuntu: i.stack.imgur.com/apjeN.png –  JohnB Jan 17 at 15:33
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What Font is is a better tool for this case, though in my experience the results are always less focused than WhatTheFont. It did recognize Ubuntu (albeit the wrong weight), and the advantage is you can ask it to display only free fonts or free alternative fonts –  JohnB Jan 17 at 15:40
    
Thanks @JohnB. These are both great tools especially whatfontis.com where you can limit results to non-commercial fonts. Ideally I'd like to limit results to Google Fonts only as (apart from a few standard fonts), only Google Fonts are available in the tools I use. I could add alternative font tools but this would add an unwanted and unnecessary overhead to the website. –  Neil Robertson Jan 18 at 2:17

Try this one (allthough it is not yet complete for all the Google fonts):

http://joelcrawfordsmith.com/new/

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The first thing to say, is that I want to be honest and I'm affiliate to the software I present bellow (I'm the software designer/programmer of this font identification engine) and I'm really proud about it :)

It's not an online service but a software application that runs on your Mac or Windows PC: http://www.findmyfont.com

It takes as input a Text image and identifies the font of any letters you select, by examining both your local fonts (installed or stored in a folder) and also querying the Find my Font online font database (currently about 125.000 fonts).

The reason I decided to post a message here, is that Find my Font has many advantages over the traditional WhatTheFont and WhatFontIs services, especially considering Google Web Fonts matching. Nothing is actually free on free services, everything has it's price when it comes to performance or final results.

WhatTheFont identifies only the fonts they sell (and most of the time they can't even accurately identify their own fonts). There is no reason ever to add Google Web Fonts on their database. In fact I think they wish that Google Fonts never existed.

WhatFontIs has a lot of free & commercial fonts in their database, but it's not their primary concern to add & update free fonts, as their main income comes from affiliation sales of commercial fonts from MyFonts.com (the owner of WhatTheFont service), fonts.com and other commercial font resellers. More than this, it will not tell you that the free font they identified belong to Google Fonts.

FindMyFont is not a "free service". You can download the 30-days-trial but if you really like it you have to buy the Pro edition (once). What you get in exchange for this (non-free service) is that we have no affiliation ties, so we can focus to offer you the best service:

a) The current online database of Find my Font contains all Google Fonts published until now. They are stored in a special group and the App always let you know that the font you identified belong to Google Fonts.

b) The same thing applies to other free/fremium/commercial fonts sources as our online database contains the complete collection of Dafont.com, OPTI Fonts, etc. as well as more than 300 commercial foundries.

c) If you want to find a Google Web Font which is a good substitute of a commercial font, there is no reason to create any images: Find my Font has a special function to select a font of your computer, type the letters you want and find all similar fonts (including Google Fonts).

d) If you want to focus your results only on Google Fonts, you can download the whole Google Fonts set on your computer, let Find my Font know where these fonts are, and find an equivalent / similar font within seconds (the local font identification speed is about 5 million fonts / minute).

More than that, the matching algorithm of Find my Font is superior in many ways to WhatTheFont and WhatFontIs: You can use images with text as small as 20 pixels high, it accurately matches both the font-family and the weight, it can match samples artificially italicized / emboldened / expanded / condensed and many more.

I declared off-course that all above info comes from a person affiliate to (and very proud of) the software presented here. Too good to be true? You can always try it yourself by downloading the 30-days-free trial:

http://www.findmyfont.com/index.php/download/download-free-edition

You will love it!

Regards

Fivos

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