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Chapter 7. Typography > To kern or track type manually using the Measurements p...

To kern or track type manually using the Measurements palette:

1.
Choose the Content tool, and zoom in on the type you're going to kern or track.

2.
For kerning, click between two characters .

Figure 1. Click between two characters to kern them.


or

For tracking, highlight any number of characters.

3.
Click the right Tracking & Kerning arrow to add space or the left arrow to remove space . To track or kern in finer increments, Option-click/Alt-click the right or left arrow.

Figure 3. Now the “T” and the “o” are closer together.


Figure 4. A phrase with positive tracking values


Figure 5. A phrase with a negative tracking value of -6.


or

Enter a number between -500% and 500% in an increment as small as .001 in the Tracking & Kerning field.

TIP

To restore normal tracking to highlighted text or to restore normal kerning at a text insertion point, enter 0 in the Tracking & Kerning field or click the left or right arrow until 0 appears in the field.



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