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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
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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
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