Hows my kerning?

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David Leonard's picture
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Hows my kerning?
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How is the kerning here.
something seems off, but maybe the reason for that is its Monday.

Thanks for any replys.


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tom christensen's picture
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If it were me I would tighten the space around the o a bit. It’s drifting away from the p.

Thomas W Phinney's picture
Joined: 3 Sep 2002 - 11:00am
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Broadly speaking, it seems that the round-to-round combinations are too loose compared the the straight-to-straight combinations.

But it’s nigh-impossible to tell what’s due to kerning, and what’s due to spacing. It would be very helpful to see an unkerned sample of the exact same text right below the kerned sample.

Cheers,

T

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Joined: 26 Jan 2003 - 12:45am
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sorry the late reply.
The following image shows both before kerning (on the bottom) and after kerning (on the top).
Thanks for any tips.


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Thomas W Phinney's picture
Joined: 3 Sep 2002 - 11:00am
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Overall, the “before” seems a little better.

Kerning is not about keeping a constant amount of space between the closest points of letters, but rather about maintaining a total envelope of space equal from one combination to the next, while avoiding confusing overlaps or merging of shapes.

Perhaps the “rt” were a little close together in the original, but if so, you could open them up about 1/3 what you did.

The “ts” really didn’t need any modification from the original. Although some parts of the letters (at the top and bottom) come closer to each other, that’s made up for by the white space between them in the middle. When you move them apart, you’re giving them more total white space in between than the other letter combinations.

I hope that’s of some help!

Cheers,

T

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It is, thanks alot Thomas.