Recently, I was sent a PDF of a marketing poster which a client had asked me to turn into a HTML email. The design firm who had produced the poster had used a non web standard font (i.e. not Arial, Verdana or the like) but I still wanted to use it as my primary typeface in my font stack (the CSS font-family rule) and allow the typeface to degrade for those users who didn't have it installed on their system. The problem was that I didn't recognise the font!
Having exhausted all other avenues, I turned to our team of web designers here at Deep Blue Sky, who promptly showed me the following technique to extract font information from a PDF:
- Open your PDF.
- Go to TOOLS -> Advanced Editing and select the "TouchUp Text Tool".
- Click on the text that you wish to extract the typeface from and a bounding box should appear.
- Highlight a portion of the text and right click to bring up a menu. Select "Properties".
- Information about your font should be displayed under the "Text" tab, including the font name. Easy!
The one issue with this technique is that - to the best of my knowledge - you need to have Adobe Acrobat Professional (I used Version 8.1.2) to use the advanced editing functionality.If hope you find this useful, and if you do be sure to comment.