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How can I copy fonts from images in Gimp 2.8.0? I'm using/running the Windows version of Gimp.

I have dozens of images that I'd like to copy fonts from just to experiment/tinker with.

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What kind of images? What do you mean by "copy"? You want to take the pixels of the text in the raster image and somehow transform those into a useable font file? Please edit your question to be more clear. You don't have to provide all your dozens of images; one example is better than none... –  iglvzx Aug 5 '12 at 0:57
    
All sorts of images mainly in common formats like jpg/jpeg/jpg. What do you mean by "raster"? –  Chris0089 Aug 5 '12 at 1:00
    
See: Raster Graphics - Wikipedia –  iglvzx Aug 5 '12 at 1:05
    
I added a hyperlink pertaining to a sample image. –  Chris0089 Aug 5 '12 at 1:06
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@Xavierjazz This is not spam. Just a poor question stemmed from naïveté. –  iglvzx Aug 5 '12 at 1:22
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It's not automated processes, but you may be able to convert the letters in the image to a font if you proceed as follows:

  • Remove unnecessary regions of the image
  • Convert the image to grayscale
  • Clean up the image by applying suitable filters
  • Copy each letter to a vector graphics programme (such as inkscape)
  • Use the trace bitmap function to generate a vector representation of the letter
  • Copy or import your vectorized graphic into a font-creating program such as fontforge.

How-tos on the subject can be found here or here.

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Simply put: you can't. The image file, being raster, is just a collection of pixels with colors: it has no information about which fonts are used.

What you could try is a service like WhatTheFont, which (claims to) be able to identify which font is used in a text. But (as noted in a comment), for better results, the background behind the text needs to be (mostly) the same color.

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One thing about WhatTheFont is that the background behind the text needs to be mostly the same color. –  iglvzx Aug 5 '12 at 1:15
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