What is the Difference Between Tracking and Kerning?

by on August 4, 2016 · 0 comments

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As we’ve been researching Typography for the Expand2Web Experts group discussion “Typography 101” we found one area that we all had confused – the difference between tracking and kerning.

During the Power-User Tip portion of the class we will dive deep into the concepts of leading, tracking and kerning.  These are three foundation adjustments designers use when creating beautiful and professional text.  Here is the Readers-Digest definition of each:

  • Leading refers to the vertical space between the lines of text.
  • Tracking is the adjustment in the amount of space between all characters in a line of text.
  • Kerning is the adjustment in the amount of space between a pair of letters.

So What is the Difference Between Tracking and Kerning?

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Tracking and Kerning are two typographic concepts that often are misunderstood.  As you can see in the image above, kerning has been used to adjust the space between the letters P and E. Tracking has been used to increase the space between all of the letters in the line.  With this knowledge the next time you need to use either term you will speak and work with the confidence of a master typographer.  Join us this evening for even more information about these important concepts of Great Typography.

Hope you join us this evening, Thursday August 4th at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT.  And in the meantime -Make Good Art!

If you are interested in learning more about the Expand2Web summer class schedule please visit:  www.expand2web.com/blog/expand2web-summer-class-schedule/

Images source (and excellent blog post on subject):
Joshua Johnson – 8 Simple and Useful Tips for Kerning Type

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