Learn common scenarios for tracking.
- [Voiceover] As I mentioned in an earlier movie…my personal preference is to set my type density,…the tightness or looseness of the type,…using letter spacing…and then use tracking just to make a few…cosmetic adjustments on top of that if necessary.…So that's what I'm going to do here.…In the text on the right…I'm going to make a few tracking adjustments,…so that we can compare to the unchanged text…on the left.…First of all let me mention that I have changed…the letter spacing for both passages of text,…so my starting point is to change the letter spacing…and I'm working with 95% word spacing…and minus one letter spacing.…
I have also applied optical automatic kerning…to both passages.…Now I'm going to select by three clicks…for the headline…and I would like to give this more of a sense of importance…and just make it look more fitting for the document…by loosely spacing the characters.…So I'm going to come to the tracking drop down…and choose the maximum amount,…although you can add more manually,…but the maximum amount available on the scale…
- 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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