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What does ‘optical’ and ‘metrics’ kerning mean in Adobe applications?

Some applications – like InDesign – allow you to choose between ‘optical’ kerning and ‘metrics’ kerning.

Using the ‘optical’ function, the application works out what it thinks the kerning of the font should be.

Using the ‘metrics’ function, the application takes the kerning information directly from the font file so you will you use the kerning defined by the type designer. We spend a huge amount of time kerning our fonts, so we advise you follow the kerning we have defined.

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