Provide an automated routine to identify fonts that were converted to outlines, or that are in a bitmap format.
We have started working on the tech that allows us to enable the following:
- Ability to convert the outlined/expanded text back to live text.
- Ability to lock objects to a character/glyph of a live text, allowing users to change the text (properties) while the object stays locked into the character.
As we work through the complexities of handling different font families, font size, and other font properties, we would love to meet with you and share our thinking around it and understand :
- Your use cases and workflows that this feature will help you with.
- What is most essential for you.
- The workarounds that you currently use to achieve this.
If you are interested, please pick a time slot that works for you using this link. https://calendly.com/meetai/60min?month=2023-01
I think first step and easiest, that while outlining text Illustrator should keep the text information somewhere, to then switch back or even for information only.
Alan Sawyers commented
Once a design has been created, and you have outlined the text without saving an editable version, you would click on the outlined text and ask Illustrator to detect what font is being used. This would apply to fonts you have installed, and Adobe Fonts available to you.
Convert outline text to editable text
Jhonathan Angus commented
This would be great for designs with no style guide where the text has been expanded or converted to outlines.
We could group the letter shapes or select all of them and [Right Click] > Identify font. Illustrator would then compare the shapes to a font database, Google fonts, etc. to provide a list of the most similar fonts, or the "exact match" if it knows for sure.
Deena Rafid commented
I was thinking if I had a tool to pull a color out of a ready picture.
Why don't I have a tool to pull the font type out of a ready-made image?
Like if i see a nice font type in a photo or post or etc
And i want to use it in my work but i don't know the name of it
I need i tool the help me pick up the type of font
Yeah, some collaboration with WhatTheFont or WhatFontIs could be useful.
Meanwhile you can you their app or website.
Ray Cabarga commented
Select outlined type or a photo of a typeface (rasterized type and the app matches it to the nearest similar font in the library. It could offer several options but it will never say "sorry no similar font found." You could even draw a character and it would find the closest font to it.
This is valuable to anyone in production who is asked to make changes to outlined or rasterized type or when the client doesn't provide the font name (which they never do) or the client says "can you use Buscemi Bold and you don't have it. it will find something close enough. I worked in an art department where we spent several hours per week trying to match fonts. This feature would have saved a lot of time.
alex fernihough commented
When converting customer-supplied logos into vector artwork I often need to match their fonts (sometimes easier than others). I use the website WhatTheFont which does a good job, a feature like this would be very useful within illustrator. Select the area of an image click "find font" and illustrator suggests what it thinks are the correct fonts, either within your own font list, Adobe Fonts or other external websites.
Christopher Clinton commented
This is a great idea!