Automatic kerning - exactly whats wrong?

peterc's picture

People often talk about automatic kerning vs. manual kerning (talking about FL, dont know about FG) It

.00's picture

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If you are a novice, than you should manually kern, so you can begin to understand the subtlety of spacing. Using automatic features will teach you nothing. The more time you spend determining the proper side-bearings of your glyphs, the less kerning you will need.

peterc's picture

James - Sure. I

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Do you for instance use automatic kerning (and metrics as well)? Any professional type designers (my reason for asking you;) using some kind of automatic functions inside FL/FG at all?

a little of topic but what...

.00's picture

I never use auto kern nor auto metrics. Spacing a font usually takes as much time, sometimes more, as drawing one.

hrant's picture

Although auto-kerning could be useful for doing a quick sloppy job, I agree with James: it will reduce your own understanding; and it will produce inferior results. I've never used it. The only auto stuff I use is things like weight change and slanting, but even for those a lot of tweaking is required.

hhp

eomine's picture

Check this discussion at Typographica, Peter.

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Thanks Eduardo - Sounds interesting and alot of opinions to read. To me it seems.....well, I cant really see any problems with the examples given, but it

eomine's picture

There's something here (scroll down, see the comments).

joevdb's picture

>>To a "novice" it

peterc's picture

Joe - Well I

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Really thanks Eduardo! Perfect...

read read read read;)

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