Join Nigel French for an in-depth discussion in this video Letter spacing, part of InDesign: Typography Part 1.
- [Voiceover] In the previous movie, we saw letter spacing,…tracking, and kerning all apply to a passage of text,…and in this movie, I'd like to take a step back,…and look at just letter spacing in isolation.…Letter spacing plays a big role in determining…the density, or color, of your type.…Most of the time, you do not need to adjust it,…but if you do prefer your type to be…slightly tighter or slightly looser,…then the place to go…is the justification dialogue box.…
This can also be incorporated…into a paragraph style definition,…and I'll be talking about paragraph styles…in part two of this title.…But here, I'm comparing the normal, that is,…word spacing of 100%,…letter spacing of zero,…with a slightly exaggerated, tight letter spacing,…and a slightly exaggerated, loose letter spacing.…I should say that if you do want your type…tighter or looser, you don't have to make it…quite as tight or quite as loose as I'm making it here,…but let's just have a look at what these values are.…
For the tight,…I'm using a word spacing amount of 75%…
- 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
Graphic Design Foundations: Typographywith Ina Saltz2h 23m Beginner
InDesign: Layout and Compositionwith 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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