Typesetting Tips in After Effects: Tracking and Kerning


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Tracking and kerning

In this movie, I am going to cover tracking and kerning. I have created some titles to play with. The first is Baskerville Italic, second is Birch, and the third is Copperplate. I will select the Copperplate, and there is an option in the Character panel to increase and decrease tracking. When I increase tracking, extra space is added between all of the characters evenly. You will also find a condensed font like Birch can also be more readable when some space is added between the characters.

On the other hand, a font like this Italic font can look a little strange if you increase tracking too much, and that also goes for calligraphic or scripted fonts. And I think that's because when you're handwriting, you generally don't leave big spaces between all the characters. So when you are increasing tracking, I would take into account whether you are really helping to make it more readable. Sometimes with scripted fonts, it looks better if the letters are closer together, so I am goin...

Tracking and kerning
Video duration: 4m 56s 3h 48m Beginner Updated Nov 20, 2012

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Tracking and kerning provides you with in-depth training on Video. Taught by Chris Meyer and Trish Meyer as part of the After Effects Apprentice 06: Type and Music

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