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Design Terms : Kerning

Let’s head back to last week’s Design Term, widows + orphans. I mentioned one way to fix the problem of widows and orphans would be to adjust the space between the letters or words. Which leads us to today’s term: ‘Kerning’. Kerning is adjusting the spacing between letters or characters. Let’s face it, no font is perfect (maybe some…). So sometimes, it’s necessary to do a little tweaking to individual space between each letter. Or other times it might be visually appealing to adjust the letter spacing as a whole. To kern your word or an individual space in Creative Suite, highlight your text or place your cursor between a specific letter, and using your Apple keyboard, press option and the left/right arrow key, depending on which way you would like to move the letters.


  1. May 16, 2013

    Great post! Quick and easy to understand for those who aren’t too familiar with kerning. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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  2. May 18, 2013

    I love your blog and this series. Thank you!

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  3. June 19, 2013

    keming: the result of improper kerning.

    Saw that joke on pinterest and it made me laugh. Love this series!

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  4. February 14, 2016

    Actually she got hold of a toothbrush I bghurot back from the dentist one day, and I let her chew on it a bit. She took the initial interest so we got her one in her size, and now she brushes her teeth with Scott every single morning! So maybe let him think it’s a toy first?

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  5. April 14, 2016

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