Kerning has its own limited window—a two-column, text-based affair that shows pairs of letters and how much space is being taken away or added. This section will use this simple window to talk more broadly about kerning and kerning groups.
- [Instructor] Kerning is the adjustment of space…between pairs of letters.…Common kerning pairs include problem combinations…like the cap T and lowercase o,…and the cap T and lowercase a.…Kerning pairs can number in the hundreds…or sometimes thousands,…so Glyphs' app has a dedicated palette…for tracking and editing them.…The kerning palette is accessed from the Window menu…or by typing command + option + k.…The palette contains a list…of all the kerning pairs in the font,…and since this font has no kerning, the palette is empty,…but if I kern this T and o in the edit window,…you'll see the pair appear in the kerning palette.…
So I'll place the cursor between the two letters,…and down here I'll type in a value.…Let's try negative 100, nice and tight.…Conversely, changes in the kerning palette are reflected…in the Edit window.…So if I type negative 80 up here,…you'll see it reflected down here in the edit window.…To turn off Kerning preview in the Edit window,…you can click down here,…and to turn it back on.…Kerning a font can be time consuming and difficult…
- Measuring type
- Classifying type
- Using the Glyphs app tools, windows, layers, palettes, and menus
- Working with Glyphs app scripts
- Drawing letterforms and characters
- Using filters
- Creating punctuation and reference marks
- Deploying OpenType ligatures and stylistic sets
- Fitting and kerning
- Exporting and testing fonts
- Setting up masters and instances for a font family
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1. An Introduction to Type Design
2. The Glyphs Workspace
3. Drawing Glyphs
4. Completing a Basic Glyphs Set
5. OpenType Features
6. Fitting and Kerning
7. Exporting and Testing
Font file types3m 56s
8. Multiple Masters
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