I have a web site that is using the Adobe Source Sans Pro font.

On the website I would like to create a logo using this or a similar font but I would like to have it so there is almost no spacing between the characters. Is there a way that I can do this just with css or would I have to use another font?

If I need to use another font can anyone suggest an open source / free to use font that I could use for this.

Thank you very much.

2 Answers 2


There is a CSS property you could use: letter-spacing, which can also have negative values.

p {
    /* 16 * 0.0625 = 1px */
    letter-spacing: 0.0625em;

The letter-spacing property controls the amount of space between each letter in a given element or block of text. Values supported by letter-spacing include font-relative values (em, rem), parent-relative values (percentage), absolute values (px) and the normal property, which resets to the font's default.

More info: CSS Tricks on letter spacing

If you only want to do this for the logo, you could have each letter in a separate span, and then apply a negative margin to the spans.

Something like:

span.letters {
   display: inline-block;
   margin-left: -3px;

Regarding the font choice, you could try with Open Sans.

  • Thanks. I will try that. Do you think there's any difference between Open Sans and Source Sans Pro? I was really not sure what to use so picked the latter. But is one larger than the other or are there any other differences you know about?
    – Richard A
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 11:26
  • I tried your suggestion but it seems like there is always a minimum space between the letters and even putting the spacing at 0.0 will not change that.
    – Richard A
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 11:33
  • You can also use negative values in letter-spacing!
    – Yisela
    Commented Mar 17, 2015 at 11:59

You can use negative letter-spacing to achieve that effect.

See this example on codepen.

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