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Kerning for automatic page numbering

Community Beginner ,
Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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Hi,

I have problem with the inabbility to globally change kerning value of certain numbers when they are added through the auto number feature.

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Adobe Community Professional , Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018
When I build an automatic current page number, I build it on the master page. I create a paragraph style for it. In the attributes of the paragraph style, I mostly set the kerning method to Optical. You might like the way Optical method adjusts character fit.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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When I build an automatic current page number, I build it on the master page. I create a paragraph style for it. In the attributes of the paragraph style, I mostly set the kerning method to Optical. You might like the way Optical method adjusts character fit.

Mike Witherell

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Oct 27, 2018 Oct 27, 2018

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As Mike is suggesting, Optical Kerning is the perfect solution to your page numbering kerning issue.

When using Metrics (the default), all numbers use the same exact amount of space in the width. So narrow numbers, such as "1" always look like they have way to much space on either side. Metrics is great, when you have numbers in columns, because it makes adding the numbers easier.

But, for most other uses, Optical is a better choice. It kerns the type by comparing the relative shapes and sizes of each pair of characters to make the negative space between all characters equal. It called Optical because it is optically (not mechanically) correct, so it's like kerning type by eye.

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 28, 2018 Oct 28, 2018

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Well, that depends on the figures type. The bahaviour you've described applies only when tabular figures are used, I've selected proportional figures, but still didn't like some pairs.

Anyways, I decided to use another typeface, so I guess this thread can be marked as "solved".

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Oct 28, 2018 Oct 28, 2018

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dominikj65234843  wrote

I have problem with the inabbility to globally change kerning value of certain numbers ...

The answers from Mike and Jeff should work, but which specific numbers are causing the issue in which specific typeface? We might be able to make further suggestions.

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May 08, 2021 May 08, 2021

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I also had this problem and found out that if your text box is too small in your master page, it will try to fit the number within that box. So just make sure your text box has extra room for longer numbers. 

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May 10, 2021 May 10, 2021

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Yes, up to the point where numbers are even reversed.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

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