I'm looking for a font that reminds of a captcha without being too difficult to read. It has to be available from google web fonts though.

Does anyone have any good tips?

Edit: It doesn't have to have a real captcha functionality. I'm making a game where a font like this would fit very well.

So basically, a font that reminds the user of a captcha, without being exhaustive to read over long periods. And available on google-fonts.

  • you can use normal font (but not too normal :), make the letter distance less than 0, but greater than half the width (otherwise will over-overlap), and highlight(or whiten) the overlap area. Very difficult for program to analysis. – Eric Yin Mar 25 '12 at 22:24
  • plus.. move letter up/down randomly – Eric Yin Mar 25 '12 at 22:26
  • The captcha function is not really what I'm after, I just want to recreate the look of a captcha in the most simple way, the readers are going to be humans anyway and its not to test them really. – justanotherhobbyist Mar 25 '12 at 22:31
  • they why you need a captcha, to scare robots away? Use font like Cooper, Chiller, easy to find. Or use Giddyup Std but may need license fee. Or new facebook font. Email me if you need the font file eric#ericyin[dot]com – Eric Yin Mar 26 '12 at 0:02
  • never said I wanted a captcha, I want a font reminding of a captcha. Big difference. :) I'll check out those fonts. – justanotherhobbyist Mar 26 '12 at 1:25

I'm not sure what you mean by "captcha-like", since there are plenty of different looking CAPTCHAs out there. If you want something like the barely readable scanned text from reCAPTCHA, you could try some "old typewriter" fonts, like Mom's Typewriter by Christoph Mueller, which I found here on fontsquirrel.com by Googling for "rough typewriter font":


Of course, you could also just find some crappy scanned old documents and make your own font in FontForge — after all, it's not like the result needs to be of particularly high quality.

  • Yeah that typewriter would do the trick, if I mix upper and lower case and placing the letters a little random. Thx. – justanotherhobbyist Mar 26 '12 at 12:51
  • Thought I should update and tell u the font worked perfect. Thx for the help. – justanotherhobbyist Mar 28 '12 at 11:23
  • The thing about reCaptcha is: the images are scans from old books where the OCR could not read them. With reCaptcha it presents one which it knows and one it doesn't and rates your success on the one it doesn't know against your success on the one it knows. Anyway, if you want a font like on recapthca, open an old book. – horatio Mar 28 '12 at 14:20

Captcha Like font + Only from Google Web fonts = no such thing.

A font like that has incredibly limited usefulness, and even though Google fonts has some odd choices in its collection, I don't see why they'd have any interest in adding a novelty font such as that to the collection.

  • ..Of course there is Captcha-Like font there, exactly in which "Mom's Typewriter" has been written above. And I don't think Google Fonts will not want to keep a font like this when it has other odd ones! This is one of the various styles and one needs it at times. – Carol Hardin Mar 28 '12 at 10:57

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