Kerning

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Feb 22, 2010 Feb 22, 2010

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Hi,

I'm familiar with some of the general rules for kerning, such as:

-The distance between a straight and a round ( and vice versa) should be slightly less than two straights.

-The distance between two rounds should be slightly less than a straight and a round.

But what about diagnols? Where do they fit into all of this?

Thanks very much in advance for your help.

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Mar 02, 2010 Mar 02, 2010

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Only certain font styles have letters that exist on a diagonal. The letter M is not often seen as an upside-down "W." In those cases it will depend on how well the original font was made. Manual kerning will be required for such cases. It should also be noted that a font requiring this kind of manipulation is not a good choice for body, or large amounts of text.

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Graph22 asked about kerning ...

There are no hard and fast rules, just as kerning shouldn't be done

mathematically. It's really a question of what LOOKS right. There are

illusory optical effects that are based on human physiology - such as

the need for lowering a standard "Oh" slightly below the baseline used

by other glyphs. Apparent spacing is dependent on such factors as the

thickness and consistency of nearby strokes, the size of counters and

negative spaces, the effect of serifs, and countless other parameters

that affect human perception.

- HerbVB

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