Kerning is another technical word that dates back to days of manual type setting (yes, even before typewriters). Each letter had its own metal frame and so letters couldn’t overlap at all. Today–what, with all those new-fangled computers and stuff–we can adjust our kerning so that the spacing between individual letters can be decreased. Think of it as one letter entering another letter’s personal space.
Use it to help slanted letters mirror one another (see photo)
Helps give your headline a crowded appearance–if that’s what you’re looking for
Do not adjust the kerning within captions and copy. Auto is just fine for those blocks of text
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