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Set kerning and tracking increments for the keyboard shortcuts?

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When kerning type the keyboard shortcut adjusts spacing by +/-20 units. It doesn't specify what units but I'm guessing it's points? The other fields are in points, but the kerning and leading fields don't specify.

Doesn't really matter.

What I'd like to do is be able to adjust that amount, change the increment to say 5 units for finer control. I'm starting to design more and more on photoshop. I would love to be able to set type quickly, instead of entering values manually. It would be very useful to be able to set the kerning, tracking, and leading increments like those apps allow us to.

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Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

Hi Budd:

Tracking and kerning are both measured in 1/1000 em, a unit of measure that is relative to the current type size. In a 6‑point font, 1 em equals 6 points; in a 10‑point font, 1 em equals 10 points. Kerning and tracking are strictly proportional to the current type size. (Leading is measured in points.)

InDesign and Illustrator—which both place a strong emphasis on typography—allow you to adjust the default increment amounts in Preferences. Photoshop—primarily an image editing application—does not have the equivalent feature.

InDesign:

Screenshot 2017-12-12 19.36.56.png

Illustrator:

Screenshot 2017-12-12 19.47.39.png

~Barb

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Set kerning and tracking increments for the keyboard shortcuts?

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When kerning type the keyboard shortcut adjusts spacing by +/-20 units. It doesn't specify what units but I'm guessing it's points? The other fields are in points, but the kerning and leading fields don't specify.

Doesn't really matter.

What I'd like to do is be able to adjust that amount, change the increment to say 5 units for finer control. I'm starting to design more and more on photoshop. I would love to be able to set type quickly, instead of entering values manually. It would be very useful to be able to set the kerning, tracking, and leading increments like those apps allow us to.

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Correct answer by Barb Binder | Adobe Community Professional

Hi Budd:

Tracking and kerning are both measured in 1/1000 em, a unit of measure that is relative to the current type size. In a 6‑point font, 1 em equals 6 points; in a 10‑point font, 1 em equals 10 points. Kerning and tracking are strictly proportional to the current type size. (Leading is measured in points.)

InDesign and Illustrator—which both place a strong emphasis on typography—allow you to adjust the default increment amounts in Preferences. Photoshop—primarily an image editing application—does not have the equivalent feature.

InDesign:

Screenshot 2017-12-12 19.36.56.png

Illustrator:

Screenshot 2017-12-12 19.47.39.png

~Barb

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Hi Budd:

Tracking and kerning are both measured in 1/1000 em, a unit of measure that is relative to the current type size. In a 6‑point font, 1 em equals 6 points; in a 10‑point font, 1 em equals 10 points. Kerning and tracking are strictly proportional to the current type size. (Leading is measured in points.)

InDesign and Illustrator—which both place a strong emphasis on typography—allow you to adjust the default increment amounts in Preferences. Photoshop—primarily an image editing application—does not have the equivalent feature.

InDesign:

Screenshot 2017-12-12 19.36.56.png

Illustrator:

Screenshot 2017-12-12 19.47.39.png

~Barb

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Thanks Barb. That's disappointing that photoshop doesn't have a similar feature. Although it's an image editing application I don't think that's the only way Photoshop is used in the marketplace. I hope Adobe recognizes that in the future. I often have to treat typography just like imagery, which is why it would be great to have quick and customizable ways to set type the same way I can with Indesign and Illustrator. Thanks again for your thorough and definitive answer.

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I do agree with you that Photoshop is no longer only an image editing application. There’s a lot of overlap between these applications these days. Are you aware you can add images to Illustrator—I wonder If that would be helpful in your workflow?

And you can certainly add this as a Photoshop feature request:

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totally man! my kerning is all over the place in photoshop cause I can't set the units smaller. Adobe please fix!

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