Look at InDesign's methods of automatic kerning.
- [Voiceover] When it comes to automatic kerning,…you have two options, metrics and optical.…There's no right answer here, the best option…is the one you like the best.…But, here is the difference between them.…Metrics kerning will use the metrics values…that part of the font, the kerning pairs…that are created by the type designer.…Optical will disregard those and in design…will adjust the spacing between the letters…according to the shapes of the letters.…
Now, there's now way of knowing which…is going to look best without trying them out.…And here I have two identical passages,…one with metrics on the left and on the right with optical.…And there's very little difference between them,…but there is a slight difference.…Sometimes the difference will be noticeable and…that is when there are very few kerning pairs in the font.…So, if you're working with a cheaper font…or a lower quality font, chances are it won't…have as many kerning pairs as a good quality font.…
And in that case, optical kerning might be your best 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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