You’ve decided.. You’re going to try using non-default fonts like Arial, Times New Roman and Comic Sans ( Blech! ) for your presentations.
Now you have a new problem… You’re unsure where to start. You have that ‘A-Hah’ moment and decide to trawl SlideShare for some inspiration.
Lucky you, you find a presentation design style you’d really love to emulate, but you don’t know how.
I empathize with your problem completely, so here’s a mini-guide on how to find the name of that elusive, sexy font.
Method 1: PDF Properties
The steps and rationale for this are simple:
- Download the deck you like off SlideShare ( if the author has been nice enough to allow it ).
- Open up the PDF file in Adobe Reader ( IMPORTANT because this doesn’t work on Mac’s Preview ).
- Click on File>Properties and click on the ‘Font’ tab.
- Therein lies your answer!
Note: This method only works if the author has embedded the font file into the pdf when exporting. In some ( very rare ) cases, the author may export slides as images instead. In that case, you’re out of luck.
Method 2: WhatTheFont
This is a superb service used when you want to find the name of the font off almost ANY picture. ( This works best if you don’t have PDF access ).
- Screenshot the portion of the typeface you want to identify.
- Upload to web service.
- Identify the relevant letters that correspond with the word.
- Walah! Magic.
Note: This method is excellent but may not be fool-proof. There are instances where the fonts are not identified correctly, but the services typically finds a really close match as a result.
And there you have it! Now you can emulate the designs of your favourite presentation designers, no-holds-barred.
Please use with care and avoid plagiarising the work of others.