Questions tagged [kerning]

Questions about the adjustment of spacing between font glyphs to achieve a visually pleasant arrangement.

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Kerning feedback on logo

I'm kerning this simple 'logo' for an online magazine/blog and since I'm not completely sure if I've 'got it' I would appreciate some help from any kern masters here. I've zoomed out and flipped it ...
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How to export font with “Kern Tables” and not “GPOS Tables” using fontforge?

Font Kerning is not supported on the platform (Unity) when it is in "GPOS Tables" rather it supports "Kern Tables". I have a font in which I've added kerning by classes in Lockups and in matrix window ...
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No effect of kerning pairs :(

My issue is that kerning doesn't seem to have any effect! It is very similar to this question, however the answer which helped that guy didn't help me :( Here is what's going on: I added a lookup ...
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Illustrator point vs area type: inconsistent bitmap font character spacing

I have a nagging issue with Illustrator CS (both 2018 and 2019) and bitmap fonts. Briefly, character spacing is wonky (some letter pairs too loose or too tight) when text is in area type but alright ...
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EB Garamond is available in a few places, but includes different things in each. Which way is best to go?

I have been trying EB Garamond for the time being, but I'm confused as to why there are a couple different sets: Google Fonts and Adobe: Contains Regular, Medium, SemiBold, ExtraBold with their ...
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The logic of kerning subtables

Referring to this thread: The logic of kerning classes, I considered various lookups of some fonts (Adobe Premiere, Minion, EBGaramond...) to understand better the way of build them and the relative ...
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The logic of kerning classes

I am a beginner with FontForge and I would like to know: Whit is the best logic to create classes. I mean: I have to kern, say, VA but Va too. Obviously, I have to kern a lot of other glyphs with a. ...
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Is that a good kerning?

What do you think of this kerning? What adjustments should I make?
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What's the origin of “Kern, Baby, Kern.”?

On many blogs and typo-webpages, tutorials etc. I keep seeing variations of this phrase "Kern, Baby, Kern." I have searched for it and found many more occurrences, so it must be a profound truth or a ...
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Online radio logo feedback request (Part 2)

After gathering valuable feedback, I worked on a second version for the logo of my online radio station that plays indie music without commercial interruptions. I wanted to come up with an original ...
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Online radio logo feedback request

I'm working on a new logo concept for my online radio station and would like to receive feedback about the following: Is the kerning/spacing appropriate? Do you find the symbol appealing, unique and ...
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Can't get my cursive font to connect fluidly (FontForge)

I've made a cursive, Arabic-esque font in FontForge and everything works great, but the letters don't quite connect right, there's almost always a little gap. I've tried messing with kerning and ...
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Software with automatic kerning?

I'm working on a logotype in Sketch and has set some text in Futura. Unfortunately the kerning looks quite bad and I'm not skilled enough to correct it manually using the character spacing property in ...
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Kerning Problems in Illustrator. Other Letter Pairs Affected

I've been having some issues kerning in Illustrator. When I position the text cursor between the pair of letters and kern that letter pair via option+ left arrow , other letters spacing further down ...
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Is the kerning on my logo correct?

I've been kerning this logo and I'd love input from those well versed on the subject. I'm particularly interested with the space around the "f", but also appreciate any other kerning input or advice. ...
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Testing font file for errors in Linux [closed]

I've produced this font and for some strange reason the kerning table only works partially on one of my Linux boxes. It works on 2 other Linux boxes for some reason. I'm wondering if there is a way to ...
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Hoefler text, capital and apostrophe

Consider the following snippets featuring the kerning between L' and the following word expérience, which is a common occurrence in French, for several classic fonts, as well as the relatively new ...
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Inconsistent kernings shown in metrics view in FontForge

I am working to modify an existing font (Sacramento, under SIL OFL license), and wish to adjust kernings after having made a few stylistic changes. I thought I had found the proper way to do it (...
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How to import an SVG image and set the SVG width as the gliph advance?

I use Inkscape to draw one SVG file per letter and FontForge to integrate it. For this, I follow this guide of FontForge documentation. In the SVG file, I use the right border to indicate a character’...
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Kerning Hebrew diacritics in InDesign

In Hebrew, there are some diacritics which occasionally need to be combined. However, a frequent result is that they will all be centered, leading to a stack of characters which need to be re-kerned. ...
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Kerning and alternates with “ti”

So I'm familiar with some kerning/alternates used with certain letter combinations, like "fi" being combined so the top of the f hangs down into the dot of the i. What about "ti" in a serif font? ...
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Adobe InDesign/Typesetting: No kerning possible for first letter in indented line?

In Adobe InDesign, I have setup a paragraph style for a sub-headline which has the headline as well as the first line of the following paragraph indented. In some instances, the sub-headline runs over ...
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Why Roboto kerning doesn't work properly on web?

I'm trying to fix this problem with Roboto regular kerning, but it doesn't work. Does anyone know where is the problem? Why font isn't the same as in my Adobe programs?
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Wrong font behaviour in Inkscape

I used Fira Sans font (free Google font) and got this: Manual kerns are clear, although if I add 0.01 px of Horizontal kerning to "r" then it looks like it should. There is no such problem with other ...
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Kerning doesn't work in Illustrator [closed]

I created a custom font, and wanted to use it in Illustrator. However, some of the kerning was not working. Most of the kerning works, but there are some that doesn't. I've tried the font on MS Word ...
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Kerning in FontForge does not seem to have any effect

I am trying to add kerning data to my font. I have manually kerned each letter pair in the “Kern Pair Closeup” window, like this: But these settings do not seem to export once the TTF is generated. ...
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Custom kerning of an existing typeface?

I'm a designer working with developers to create a mobile app. A central part of the app involves showing the number "100" as a central element of focus. Unfortunately, the font we're using has ...
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Proper use of ligature and kerning [duplicate]

I had a disagreement about the correct use of a ligature and kerning in a headline and would appreciate any help in seeking insight on the issue. The issue is with the "f" and "t". One side believes ...
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What is a polynomial kerning table?

From Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographic Style: Names like T.V.R. Murti and T.R.V Murti, for example, pose microscopic typographic problems that no binomial kerning table can solve. ...
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Is kerning also applied when there is a space between characters?

The Wikipedia article stats that kerning is the process of adjusting the spacing between characters in a proportional font, usually to achieve a visually pleasing result. For intance when we look ...
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What are some common kerning pairs?

Setting up good kerning is one of the most important parts of designing a typeface. Cheap or free fonts often have bad or non existent kerning and it gets incredibly tedious having to manually kern ...
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Kerning Approach for Letters with Large Spaces

Is there a specific approach to kerning letters with large spaces (apologies if there's a technical term for this)? For example, the 'T' and 'Y' below both have large amounts of space either side of ...
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Is kerning lacking in the Gentium font?

I seem to recall from my reading (a while back) that kerning was a problem for the Gentium font in accented Latin characters. Is this still the case? And why would the kerning be different for ...
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Photoshop tracking and kerning: what do the number values mean?

Working on a site design where I'm trying to translate a tracking value of "100" to the CSS letter-spacing property. When I specify a tracking value of "100", what am I saying? Definitely doesn't ...
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Looking for feedback on kerning and custom type treatment

Working on a logo wordmark for a pasta fast food chain. They wanted something very simple and typographic. There will be a little grunge treatment after this but i first want to get the kerning and ...
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Ideal letter spacing on signage – tight or loose?

Now I’m not sure if large signs should be kerned like normal sized type on a page. If they need a bit of tweaking, should you tighten the kerning and tracking or loosen it? I know generally small ...
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How can I condense a Source Sans Pro font so the characters almost touch when 30px size?

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 ...
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Is this bad kerning, or is there a space missing?

Is the space (or lack thereof) between "Date" and "in" bad kerning? What can I implement to make that more readable?
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Critique: logo design for an engineering company that makes machinery

I'm designing a logo for a new company that will build plastic manufacturing machinery - a fairly small-sized low-tech industry where stability, solid engineering, and even country of manufacturer is ...
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Please check my kerning for this logo

could you please check the kerning for this logo? I'm a UI designer not a graphic designer. I have no confidence with kerning/letter spacing but I have to do this nonetheless. If this is not the best ...
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How to apply horizontal kerning to all letters in the word at once without adjusting the spacing for each letter?

I am trying to increase the spacing between letters in a word in Inkscape (version 0.48) by using horizontal kerning. I am not able to select the entire word and apply the kerning value at once. I ...
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Tracking in relation to kerning

I understand tracking relates to all pairs and word spaces while kerning relates to specific pairs. I’m wondering about how tracking is related to kerning: Is tracking added to kerning linearly, ...
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How to fix this kerning pair

How do I fix a font with a problematic kerning pair. The problematic pair is capital T preceded by a space, when set in Helvetica Neue 55, and with kerning set to 'Metrics', using InDesign. The ...
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From optical to manual kerning (critique)

I'm working in Illustrator. The default letter-spacing (Auto) doesn't look very good. I think changing kerning to Optical is already an improvement. That said I still think there are a few issues. ...
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Why do I need to adjust kerning? Shouldn't the foundry already have done that?

I'm new in graphic design and am learning type design now. I'm learning about kerning now and it all makes sense except I'm wondering why the kerning wouldn't be built into the font style already. I'...
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Font with equal spacing between letters

I am just beginning to learn about fonts and typography so pardon if my question seems naive. I really like the look of Futura Bold for titles in a powerpoint presentation I'm making but the unequal ...
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When designing in the browser how would someone use kerning?

OghmaOsiris asked how would one decide on what is the proper kerning, "Kerning: My Xylophone is off key" and since I have started the transition of designing in the browser I was curious to know how ...
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My Xylophone is off key; Understanding this kerning

I was playing a kerning game where the goal is to see if you can kern a word by eye and then compare your kerning with that of the designer. I was doing... ok. Until I got to: I kerned is as such: ...
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Kerning Feedback

I'm currently looking at a new font for a logo and I'm having some issues with the kerning of our lettering. I've search the web for guidance on kerning, in particular when using double lowercase ...
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Beginner question: how do I use the “move tool” in Gimp without moving the entire Layer?

I typed a short piece of text in GIMP, then I want to fix the kerning manually so I want to move the letters closer to each other. But when I select the "move" tool and click on the appropriate part ...