To kern or not to kern?

djipster's picture


This is Minion Pro Bold Small Caps.
What is your opinion on kerning between letters R A P?
Should it be kerned or not?


p.s. couldn't find topic with this kind of subject. If it exists, sorry for reposting!

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paragraph's picture

To track or not to track?

schickele's picture

Kerning: horizontal space adjustment between two glyphs. Part of the typeface design.
Tracking: horizontal space adjustments during typesetting. Not part of the typeface design.

IMHO the problem is rather the narrow space between H and I.

paragraph's picture

What I meant to say (but did not) is that the need for kerning is the result of the loose tracking.

k.l.'s picture

djipster -- Don't be afraid of decreasing the space in R A P.

paragraph -- If there were no tracking applied to the word, the A would stand out even more. Tracking, in so far, has a positive effect rather than a negative one. Unfortunately it didn't help much in this case.

paragraph's picture

Quite right, Karsten, another slack posting of mine. Without the loose tracking, there would be very little one could do.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

If you are on InDesign this could be helpful:

There is a link for a ready to go script for Minion, I recall. Look for it.

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

djipster's picture

Thanks everyone...

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