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Chapter 5. Working with Text > Modifying Tracking and Kerning

Modifying Tracking and Kerning

Sometimes the space between text characters can appear awkward or perhaps increasing the space is a creative solution. Flash provides methods for adjusting these spaces, called kerning and tracking. Tracking is the space between characters and words on a single line and adjusting tracking affects the entire line. Kerning deals with the space between any two characters and adjusting it will only affect that space. Many Fonts contain built-in information about problematic character pairs. Flash makes use of this information when you turn on Auto Kern in the Property Inspector.

Adjust Tracking

Select the text in a text field you want to track or you can select the entire text box with the Arrow tool.

Click the Text menu, point to Tracking, and then click Increase or Decrease.

The Tracking increases or decreases in 0.5-point increments.

TIMESAVER You can adjust tracking in the Property Inspector with the Character Spacing entry field or slider.


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