The Art of Kerning

Alexander
Alexander
Oct 31, 2017 · 8 min read
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To kern or not to kern?

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“Em” is a square with the width of capital M.
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Some examples from Gravit’s web font library.
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All desktop versions of Gravit Designer are packed with two collections of fonts.
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Leading (linespacing)
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Use the input field dialog to adjust the leading (line spacing).

Leading, pronounced “led-ing”, derives from the days when type was set by hand and typesetters used thin strips of lead to space apart the rows of letters.

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Tracking is a process of adjusting letter-spacing in whole words.
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Widow: a very short line at the end of a paragraph or column.
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Tracking words with word spacing in Gravit Designer.
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Tracking in Gravit Designer
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Kerning in Gravit Designer.
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Pairs, that require kerning at larger sizes. Source: vitorials.net.
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The space only curves around rounded shapes.
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A pair of straight-sided letters requires more space.
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Kerning using group of three in Gravit Designer
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Flip upside-down
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Use “Flip Vertical” to flip the word upside-down.
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Kern.js will help you to handle kerning online.
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“Kern me” is a free online game, where you can practice kerning.
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