Join Ina Saltz for an in-depth discussion in this video Tracking and leading, part of Graphic Design Foundations: Typography.
If kerning is the manual adjustment of spacing between two specific letters, how does it…relate to tracking and leading?…Tracking is an overall adjustment of space applied equally to a word, a line, or a passage of text.…Leading is the space between lines measured from the baseline to baseline.…Tracking and leading can both affect the overall typographic color or tonal weight of the page…and its legibility. First, let's look at tracking.…
Tracking can have a dramatic effect on the number of characters per line and the legibility of the text.…We only want to make minimal adjustments in order to improve the appearance of the text.…It's like the story of Goldilocks who tasted the porridge in the home of the three bears.…The first bowl of porridge was too hot. The second bowl of porridge was too cold.…The third bowl of porridge was just right.…Why am I my telling you this fairytale, because we want to see spacing that is just right.…
If we add too much space to a paragraph or a line of text, it will look loose and be hard to read.…
- What is typography?
- Differentiating type characteristics
- Using ornamental and decorative type
- Combining typefaces
- Using contrast and scale
- Kerning and kerning pairs
- Choosing the optimum line length
- Aligning and spacing characters, words, and paragraphs
- Understanding factors affecting legibility
- Working with three-dimensional type
- Putting type in motion
Skill Level Beginner
1. Typographic Differentiation
2. The Language of Type
3. Spacing and Alignment
4. Touching on Type Design
5. Legibility and Readability
6. Typographic Composition
Contrast and scale4m 54s
7. Thinking with Type
8. Specialized Uses
Working with numbers2m 10s
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