When incorporating type into your work, one of the most important things to consider is something called Kerning, which is the adjustment of spacing between individual letters. Some designers find it simple while others may find it quite difficult. However, if you follow the five steps below, you will be on your way to type domination (I can't guarantee it though).

1. Figure Out What Typefaces You're Working With
There are many typefaces out there that have different weights, proportions, etc., so be sure to keep that in mind.

2. Kern Each Letter Individually (Literally, I'm not kidding)
Automatic kerning can be a very quick solution. However, you're the designer, your vision is your best asset when judging design. It's up to you on whether or not you want your design to be at the best quality.

3. Kern In Groups of Three
It can be easy to miss details, especially with long words. One little trick I use is either putting my hand or a piece of paper on the screen to cover all the letters except three. Split the letters in groups of three and kern them one at a time.

4. Do Not Over Kern
Extremely tight kerning can reduce legibility, especially when viewing the text at smaller sizes.

5. Spacing Between Each Word
Spacing between words are as important as the spacing between letters. Make sure to have enough space to differentiate one word from another.

If you think you are ready to put your kerning skills to the test, head over here.

Posted by Frank on July 26, 2016.

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