Kern, Baby, Kern

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THE SPACES BETWEEN LETTERS are as important as the letters themselves. Kerningand its cousin trackingare ways of adjusting the space between characters to create a better fit, and thus a better rhythm, to your type. It's this steady rhythm that makes your type readable.

We need kerning because certain letter shapes don't fit well together. Sometimes it's necessary to adjust the space between letters to achieve the appearance of even spacing.


A surefire way to raise the hackles of a purist typographer is to use the terms kerning and tracking interchangeably. While closely related, they are distinct. Kerning refers to adjusting the space between a pair of characters. Tracking means adjusting the space across a range of text.

When to Kern

Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology

Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects

InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French © 2008-2020.
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