How to use Photoshop’s ‘Match Font’ feature


Art editor Luke O’Neill runs through how to use the new Match Font feature in Photoshop.

Designers and creatives from all fields are like magpies in their appetite for collecting bright and shiny things. We’ve probably all got an Instagram account, Pinterest and Tumblr for documenting and showcasing the things we see and the pictures that we take. If you’re anything like me, then collecting type samples probably forms part of that exercise, with the intention of digging out that font that you’ve seen either online or out in the wild that would be perfect for a project that you’re working on.

With the new addition of the Match Font feature in the latest version of Photoshop, Adobe has taken the leg work out of the laborious task of scouring font book, your type client, or online foundries to get the closest match to the typography sample you’ve seen. With Match Font, Photoshop will analyze the type specimen and suggest the nearest match from your licensed fonts and also make suggestions for fonts that can be licensed that match the specimen.

Over the next five steps I’ll explain how to use the Match Font feature, how to get the best results from it, and also some considerations that will help achieve a better match.

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