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Lesson 2. Adding Pages and Text > Kerning and Range Kerning

Kerning and Range Kerning

When you use headings or large text in a logo, you may find that the space between each letter in the heading or logo is too large or too small. You can control that spacing using the kerning and range kerning controls. Kerning is the adjustment of the space between two characters; range kerning (sometimes called tracking) is the adjustment of two or more selected characters.

FreeHand kerns in percentages of an em. An em is a unit of measure used in typography that was originally equal to the width of the letter M. You can think of an em as being equal to the size of the type. For example, if you are using 24-point type, an em will be 24 points. In FreeHand, you can kern your type in increments as small as 0.01 percent of an em, either adding or subtracting that amount to the spacing.


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