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Tracking Type

LiveMotion is sophisticated in that it allows you to make adjustments to your type that are usually reserved for high-end typesetting programs such as Adobe Illustrator. The Tracking option allows you to change the distributed spacing between letters.

Task: Tracking Type

To track type in LiveMotion, perform the following steps:

1.
Create a new canvas for the exercise.

2.
Select the Type tool from the toolbox and click on the canvas.

3.
Choose your font by selecting it from the drop-down menu in the Properties palette.

4.
Set a size in points using the Size text box.

5.
Set the style of your choice.

6.
In the Tracking text box, enter a numeric value. To add space between letters, use a higher value. To reduce space between letters, use a lower value.

Figure 3.19 shows normal tracking, tracking set to 40, and tracking set to -10.

Figure 3.19. Three tracking values: normal, positive, and negative.


You can use negative values to set the letter spacing below the font's default, which is 0.


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