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Inkscape Text Kerning

Actually Text Kerning is not a good title for this article because in it I will cover all the different typographical adjustments you can make in Inkscape. Shown below is a list of what we will cover.

leadingspace between lines
trackingspace between all letters
kerningspace between two letters
vertical shiftvertical offset of part of line
character rotationrotation one character

The easiest way to make typographical adjustments in Inkscape is to use the controls on the Tool Controls bar.

Without typographical adjustments

Shown above is text without any typographical adjustments. There is a huge debate online as what the definition of "font size" is. Most people think it is the height of a character. But you can clearly see above that the space between lines is not 1.2 times the height of a character.

Line spacing set so lines overlap

Since we are mostly concerned about the graphical look of our work, we can choose to ignore whatever actual dimensions Inkscape provides and just use the up-down arrow buttons to visually set the spacing between lines. Shown above, I have set the spacing between lines so that the lines overlap.

Increased spacing between characters

The second typographical control allows you to adjust the spacing between characters. This is called tracking. Shown above, I have increased the spacing between characters.

Increased the spacing between words

The third typographical control allows you to adjust the spacing between words. Shown above, I have increased the spacing between words.

Increased spacing between characters

The fourth typographical control allows you to adjust the spacing between two characters. This is called kerning. It adjusts the spacing at the point of the insertion point. Shown above, I have increased the spacing between the characters k and s in the word "Inkscape".

Adjusted vertical shift words

The fifth typographical control allows you to adjust the vertical shift. It seems to adjust the vertcial shift of the entire line to the right of the insertion point. Shown above, I have adjusted the vertical positions of various words in the paragraph.

Ajusted character rotation

The sixth typographical control allows you to adjust the character rotation. It adjusts the rotation of the character at the point of the insertion point. Shown above, I have rotated the "V" in the word "Vector".

As you can see, although Inkscape might be considered a vector drawing application, it is also a powerful typographical design program.

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