Once your font is properly fit—and only after you're completely certain about that fit—you can turn your attention to spacing the pairs of letters that still need help. A well-fit font requires relatively little kerning. Again, a good text for testing kerning is a necessity. Kerning should be done quickly and consistently. Grouping letters into kerning classes will help on both counts.
- [Instructor] Your fit is finally perfect.…It's rational, even, and complete.…Now it's time to address those irrational combinations.…First, round up the usual suspects.…Here are some of the pairs handed down…to us from the days of metal and photo typesetting.…If you want to keep your kerning to a minimum,…and you should, address these pairs and call it a day.…But if you must persist, and I'm guessing you will,…keep these as your guiding principles.…
Kern completely or not at all.…Once you begin kerning beyond the historic pairs,…don't leave the job half-done.…If you decide you must kern the lowercased pairs…like V and period, then you must address…F and period, R and period, W and period, and so on.…Be consistent.…If you can't kern in one sitting,…you're kerning too much.…Of course, your first kerning job…will take more time than every one after,…but kerning should not be a multi-day affair.…
Don't kern pairs in isolation.…The AV combination rarely, if ever, exists in isolation.…It does show up in avenue and pavement, however.…
- Why study typography?
- What makes a typeface great?
- Stroke angle, weight, and contrast
- Shape variations
- Finding good models
- Typeface vs. lettering
- Drawing the basic glyphs
- Producing a functioning font
- Printing, critiquing, and revising
Skill Level Beginner
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
Allan Haley on the Evolution of Typeface Designwith Kristin Ellison1h 38m Intermediate
Creating a Hand-Drawn Type Portraitwith Von Glitschka1h 31m Intermediate
1. What Makes a Typeface Great?
2. What Makes a Great Typeface?
4. Drawing the Basic Glyphs
5. Producing a Functioning Font
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