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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.

7 comments

  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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