What is the correct kerning for uppercase?

TypoJunkie's picture

Hey there!

I've been trying to find info on the Web regarding the correct amount of space (kerning) between uppercase letters (as in a full word set in uppercase). I remember my tutor at University saying that 25 in InDesign or 40 units in Quark was about right.

I'm not even sure there is a 'right' amount of space, or if it depends on how much text there is (no kerning if it's just one word, plenty if it's a full sentence, etc.). Or if it depends on the typeface.

Thanks in advance!

Antonio

Luma Vine's picture

Definitely depends on the face, as well as size, application, personal preference, as (almost) everything. :)

riccard0's picture

correct amount of space (kerning) between uppercase letters (as in a full word set in uppercase)
That would be spacing. Kerning is applied between pairs of letters.

Nitpicking aside, I second what Luma Vine said.

Nick Shinn's picture

Some foundries build in extra all-cap spacing, via the OpenType feature.

TypoJunkie's picture

Sorry about the mixup Ricardo… I meant spacing; Illustrator threw me off.

And thanks to all that have replied. Sadly, the fonts I'm using are not on OpenType.

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