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How to find open source alternatives to commercial fonts?


Question

What is the best way to find an open source alternative to a commercial font? I was thinking as some service as alternativeto.net or a whatthefont.com that would spit out fonts that are similar to the one uploaded.

For example: What is the open source font that looks most similar to Scala Sans? (see picture) What would be the criteria and tools to identify similarity?enter image description here

2013/03/14
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3/14/2013 2:28:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Whatfontis.com is an alternative to whatthefont.com, but you have the option to just display free fonts.

However, when uploading my example, I could not find anything suitable.

A manually found alternative, in my opinion, would be Source Sans Pro, Semibold. As the width differs, I tweaked kerning manually:

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2013/03/14
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3/14/2013 7:05:00 PM