Metrics & Kerning

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Justin Kostelansky's picture
Joined: 27 Jan 2012 - 3:47pm
Metrics & Kerning

I'm having a really hard time grasping the concept of how to take on setting up both Metrics and Kerning. I understand that metrics is all about adjusting the left and right side bearings, and the Kerning is used to make that space even more snug for combinations like AV. But what is really getting me messed up is how to approach setting up my typefaces metrics what do I reference each glyph to and how do I know that my metrics are where they should be?

Are kerning and metric classes usually the same?

What is your approach for setting up metrics and kerning for a typeface generally?

Pablo Impallari's picture
Joined: 1 Feb 2010 - 1:12am

Maybe this macro can help you get an idea of how the spacing interact with your glyphs. You can explore different spacing settings, quickly and easily.

One you have your spacing looking good, add kerning for the troublesome combinations.