Join Julieanne Kost for an in-depth discussion in this video Using leading, kerning, and tracking, part of Photoshop CC 2018 Essential Training: Design.
- [Instructor] In the next few minutes, we're going to take a look at the leading, kerning, and tracking options in Photoshop. In order to select the type tool, I'll tap the t key, and let's zoom in a little bit more on this type. I'll use Command + just to make sure that we can see it, and then hold down the space bar to reposition it in the image area. Now I want to add to this headline type, so I'll position my cursor to the right of the s in seas, tap the return key, and then type in "looks can be deceiving".
Now in order to quickly select everything on that line of type, I will triple click in it, and then I need to change the font size. Now I can do that using the options in the options bar, but we also want to access the other options on the character panel. Under the type menu, I can access the character in the paragraph panel, or we can click the icon here on the options bar. We could even use the properties panel, and then click advanced in order to display the character and paragraph panel.
So in the character and paragraph panel, whenever you see an icon, you can click on that icon and then drag to the left or drag to the right, in order to decrease or increase the option that you click on. You can also enter in a specific point size, or you can use the downward pointing area in order to select a point size. If I want to change the distance between the two lines of text, I'll change the leading. I'll click on the icon. If I drag to the left, you can see it gets closer, and if I drag to the right, I'm adding additional space.
I'll go ahead and set that to about maybe 36 or so. If I want to change the spacing between every single character that I have selected, then I'll choose the tracking option. The tracking is right below the leading. If you click and drag to the left, we can watch as the letters get closer together or are spaced farther apart. If I just want to change the spacing between two letters, then I'll change the kerning. I need to click in between the two characters that I want to change the spacing, and then click and drag on the kerning icon in order to set them closer together, or drag to make them further apart.
I'll go ahead and click and set that back to metrics, and then triple click to select all of the type, and then change the tracking down to maybe something like 50 points. Now I want to make my type face smaller, so I'll click and drag to the left and as it gets smaller, I can see that there's a little bit too much leading, so I'll decrease that as well. For more precision, I can also use my arrow keys. So I'll click in the text entry area next to the tracking, and if I use my up arrow, it will increase the tracking.
My down arrow will decrease the tracking. If I add the shift key to that, it will increase or decrease in larger increments, so I just want to increase that a little bit, and as soon as I like the results, I'll click on the check mark in order to apply those changes. All right, before we wrap up, let's just add a small drop shadow. I'll click on the effects icon, choose drop shadow, and then just click reset to default, and click okay to get a little bit of separation between the text and the photograph, then I'll choose file and save as.
I'll append this with an 02, saving it to the same folder as a Photoshop document with layers, so that we can use it in the next video. And there you go, a quick overview of using leading, kerning, and tracking in Photoshop.
Photoshop CC boasts tools and features for making tonal and color adjustments, applying effects and treatments to type and graphics, and distorting, filtering, and layering elements—all while maintaining the highest-quality output. In this course, Julieanne demonstrates how to efficiently perform common design tasks, including editing images, drawing shapes, and working with type and fonts. Along the way, she shares the secrets of nondestructive editing using Smart Objects, and helps you master features such as layers, filters, blending modes, typography, custom brushes, vector masks, and much more—increasing your productivity every step of the way.
- Working with Smart Objects
- Linked vs. embedded Smart Objects
- Creative transformations and warping
- Essential filters for designers
- Emulating traditional drawing techniques
- Working with shape and fill layers
- Pen tool basics
- Applying layer effects and styles
- Type essentials
- Creative brush techniques
- Working with libraries and artboards
- Exporting files and sharing images