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Chapter 7. Typography > To kern or track using the keyboard:

To kern or track using the keyboard:

1.
Choose the Content tool.

2.
Click between two characters or highlight any number of characters.

3.
Press Cmd-Shift-[/Ctrl-Shift-[ (left bracket) to remove space, or “]” (right bracket) to add space . To kern or track in finer increments, include the Option/Alt key in the shortcut.

Figure 1. These are a few of the character pairs that often need extra kerning, particularly if they're set in a large point size.


Figure 2. Wide letterspacing is popular nowadays, especially since it's so easy to do. But it should be used only for small bits of type, as it can be tiring to read in large quantities. Small caps, as in this illustration, look nice “tracked out.” Type that is very chunky or very thin (e.g., a condensed font) may also look good with extra letterspacing.


Use the Word Space Tracking shortcut described in the following instructions to adjust inter-word spacing in an isolated phrase, like a large headline. This command and the Remove Manual Kerning command, discussed next, are included in the free TypeTricks XTension.


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