How do I increase the space between letters in Adobe InDesign aka Tracking or Kerning
Hi there in this video, we're going to look at something called tracking or it's called turning. But what you're really doing is you're playing around with this space between letters, you can see here, I've tightened this one in and I've opened this one out. So let's go and look at how to do that in in design. Okay. Nice. Quick one. If I select my title here. Okay. My problem is that this is actually just in front of it. So I'm going to actually grab it, go to my layers panel, unlock the background and say you giant thing, go on the background layer, you're more appropriate back there and then I can lock it again. Alright, so tracking now I can select on him if I select all of this. Okay. The tracking is under character. It's this part here. Okay. The tracking is out out out out out. Okay, Just space between letters. Easy, easy, easy. Okay, you can sew out is interesting. Okay. And in. Okay, don't be afraid you can go in as well. So minus 50. You're going to kind of tighten it all up. ...
I'm gonna tighten mine up to maybe minus 30. Is it much different? You've got to decide. I play with the tracking people call it cocooning as well. Kooning is the kind of built in defaults, tracking is overriding it. Okay, so I'm gonna select all of this and go to zero and you just watch it undo. Redo undo. Redo undo. Okay. I like a bit of tracking the other thing. We'll do while we're here is we'll do the leading. Okay, so with character selected, the leading. Is this guy set to auto. Okay, I can play around with it to tighten it up. Okay, and I can increase it just to get it. Perfect. I wouldn't do this for all titles but the cover is a little bit of a special case. Now, a couple of shortcuts with all of the selected. I can do tracking by holding down the key on a pc or option key on a Mac and using my left or right arrows right, pushes it out and left tightens it up. Okay, same key. Okay, alter option and hit the up and down the keys. So I never use these options at the top here. I just select all of this, say this title here and I open it up a little bit but I just kind of work back and forth. You can work with separate letters. Okay. You might decide that the space this is actually quite a well spaced font, but say this one here is a bit tight. I can open up just the tracking of that one a little bit. And so I want to match this one. You can start playing around with your shortcuts. All right, that's it for tracking. And we threw in leading shortcuts for good measure