Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Kerning, part of InDesign Typography Part 1.
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- [Voiceover] Thus far, we've looked at letter spacing…and we've looked at tracking.…And now drilling down, we come to the most local…or the most granular of the three, kerning.…Automatic kerning will address most of your issues…with body text.…But for display type, you may need to adjust the space…between characters to give the appearance…of equal, optimal spacing.…So it's very important to keep in mind…that manual kerning really only becomes an issue…when you're working with larger type.…
I'm going to zoom in here on these three words.…So in the first example, I've turned kerning off altogether…which is not something that you would typically do.…But just to make the point that with certain…letter combinations, the letters are going…to look further apart.…The second example has automatic optical kerning applied.…And in the third example, which admittedly is…a bit too tight, I've actually put my cursor…between the letter pairs and added some manual kerning.…
And I'm doing this by placing my cursor…between the pairs and using the keyboard shortcut option…
- Creating a typographic workspace
- Understanding the anatomy and terminology of type
- Choosing typefaces
- Sizing and scaling type
- Formatting characters
- Adjusting leading (aka line spacing)
- Tracking and kerning
- Using the Glyphs panel
- Adding special characters: dashes, quotes, ellipses, and more
- Using OpenType features like ligatures and fractions
Skill Level Intermediate
Layout and Composition with InDesignwith Nigel French1h 27m Appropriate for all
1. Choosing and Combining Typefaces
2. Character Formatting
3. Leading (Line Spacing)
4. Letter Spacing, Tracking, and Kerning
5. Small and Important Details
6. OpenType features
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