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Kerning Text

Written By: Sandra
Last Updated: July 24th, 2017
Program: Photoshop
Difficulty: β˜… β˜† β˜† β˜† β˜†

This tutorial is going to teach you how to kern your text.

Final Product

Step One

Create a new document and type your text with the text tool.

Step Two

Go to Window > Character. A box that looks like this will pop up.


Click in the field near the SECOND VA box, it has the arrow underneath it:

Step Three

You’re going to change the VA to -100 and it moves the text closer together. The higher the negative number, the closer the letters are together. Usually, anywhere between -50 and -120 is good, depending on your preference.

And that’s it!

The letters will be closer together if you make a negative VA. If you wanted to space them apart further, you could add a positive VA and it would make them equally spaced farther apart. I usually do not kern cursive fonts.

You also have the option to individually kern letters by selecting the letter (click and hold, drag over 1 letter while on the text tool and actively editing the text), and then editing the VA.

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