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Kerning and Tracking

In today’s lesson, I learned about kerning and tracking and their unique attributes.

Before kerning
After kerning

Kerning is the process of adding or subtracting space between specific pairs of characters while tracking is the process of loosening or tightening the spacing between the characters in selected text or an entire block of text.

To work with these options, first have the cursor in the text. Then with the Character Panel open, adjust the kerning. Notice the difference in the distance between characters in the text. To change the distance between text, highlight the text and adjust the tracking.

You can also control the kerning’s algorithm to adjust spacing. By default, it is set on Auto, which is the value of kerning that the type designer included with the font. In the drop down menu in kerning, select Optical. To contrast, the tracking drop down menu includes a range of set numbers.


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