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Font identifier + Free fonts

By PhilGreg

2 years ago


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#1 2 years ago

Hi,
I'll be beginning to try and redo the apron on my DE Slap Shot. I've found web sites that will identify the fonts, but they're commercial and I've found websites with free fonts but no identifier.

Do you guys know of a free font DB that also has a decent identifier (i.e. you upload a picture and it suggests fonts).

Cheers!

#2 2 years ago

Here's two I've used in the past:

https://www.fontsquirrel.com/matcherator
https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

Looks like there's a whole bunch more since the last time I checked:

https://www.google.com/search?q=font+identify

#3 2 years ago

Thanks. The identify tools do work well, but they all point to paying fonts - I've got a few different ones on there and I'd rather not pay >100$ worth of fonts...

#4 2 years ago

You could always pay a graphic artist to do the work for you. Nobody likes to pay for artwork, but that's what we do for a living.

#5 2 years ago

I'll tell you an evil hack. On many sites (e.g., https://www.linotype.com/) you can type your own text and get a high DPI sample. Screenshot the letters you need and auto-trace them to vectorize. I'd buy the font if it wasn't just a one-off for a few letters. If you are obsessive like me you will also want to tweak individual letters to match what may now be unobtainable fonts in old machines.

It would be great for someone to keep a Google Sheets reference of which font matches for different machines!

#6 2 years ago
Quoted from jibmums:

You could always pay a graphic artist to do the work for you. Nobody likes to pay for artwork, but that's what we do for a living.

I have paid for artwork in the past repeatedly and I don't have any issues with budgeting for that in the context of a full project.
In this case I'm redoing a one-off part for a low value pinball machine and paying full commercial fee for fonts I'll be using once with only a few letters isn't an option to me if there are free alternatives - if I can't use an identifier I'll just stroll through the available free fonts to find something good enough.
I also want to do it myself because I do enjoy doing that and I'm more interested in the restoration process than I am owning the restored machine at the end of the day.

#7 2 years ago

Got a photo of what the font looks like?

#8 2 years ago

Are you talking about the vintage hockey type game depicting two skaters at each end and just the name at each player's end? I did a graphic for a Slap shot not too long ago. Maybe it's the same game. Nevermind just look at the reference not the same game.

#9 2 years ago

The flyer for this game is horrifying https://www.ipdb.org/showpic.pl?id=5792&picno=53228

#11 2 years ago
Quoted from ForceFlow:

Here's two I've used in the past:
https://www.fontsquirrel.com/matcherator
https://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/
Looks like there's a whole bunch more since the last time I checked:
https://www.google.com/search?q=font+identify

Quoted from PhilGreg:

Thanks. The identify tools do work well, but they all point to paying fonts - I've got a few different ones on there and I'd rather not pay >100$ worth of fonts...

Use the ID tools then head over to DaFont (https://www.dafont.com) or 1001 Free Fonts (https://www.1001freefonts.com/) and find something comparable. I do GA work all of the time, and honestly have never paid for a font the hundreds of times I've needed something outside of my collection. You can almost always find something exact to what you are looking for, and if not you can get close then use a little Photoshop magic to get even closer.

I'm happy to discuss further and maybe help out (for free), so just PM me if you're interested.

#12 2 years ago

Here's what the apron looks like.
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I previously redid the marquee from scratch as well, but I scanned the letters on the side of the machine to do it:
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Thanks for the tips folks, I'll let you know how that turns out!

#13 2 years ago
Quoted from PhilGreg:

Here's what the apron looks like.
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I previously redid the marquee from scratch as well, but I scanned the letters on the side of the machine to do it:
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Thanks for the tips folks, I'll let you know how that turns out!

I'll do the bottom apron for you. should take me another 30 minutes.

#14 2 years ago

Here all vectorized for you at the link (top marquee only). Sample in JPEG below. In order to do the apron that would easily take about 3 hours.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=129IdaNsD2PeVbuouHXH6cuamXGlxc6B6
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#15 2 years ago

Wow, thanks man!
I had already done this one though (SLAP SHOT), the pic is the drawing I did from photographs + scans of the side of the machine.
As for the other one, it's part of the fun for me so I don't mind tackling it myself.
I might have a harder time with the drawings but a friend of mine is a professional artist and may help me out if need be.

#16 2 years ago

If you used scans you might want to grab the vector file and have your friend finish it off they will end up much higher res with no moire or artifacts

1 week later
#17 2 years ago

Sorry, I hadn't checked back on the thread... So I'm very slowly advancing on this using dr_nybble 's hack.
I'm doing a little bit here and there on lunch breaks at work - I'll be repainting the cabinet over the summer and hopefully be done with the apron by fall...

As for the Slap Shot marquee, yes I do have a vector version of it. What I posted here is just a screenshot I took - the actual printed version is clean as a whistle.

Cheers!

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