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How to adjust letter spacing in Cricut Design Space with kerning

Adjusting the letter spacing in Design Space.

If you love to play around with fonts you probably stumbled upon the word kerning. What is that you might think? Kerning is the amount of space between two characters and the way to adjust the space between letters of a font to suit the style that you’re looking for.

What a lot of people might not know, is that kerning can easily be used in Cricut Design Space. Keep on reading and we’ll tell you how!

Letters spaced out

Script fonts often end up looking nothing like the font preview when you use them in Cricut Design Space, if you do not adjust the kerning. 

To give you an example, we have picked the font Bougainvillea Script. In the image below you can see what the font looks like when it isn’t yet kerned. The letters are all spaced out and not at all connected, which is often not what you want with a script font.

To adjust this, some might look at the Letter Space option that Cricut Design Space offers. This can be used, but it does not give you as good of a result as what kerning does. 

Kern the font

To kern the font, you need to first ungroup the font. You need to do this via the Advanced Tool located in the top toolbar. Mark the text, click Advanced and Ungroup To Letters.

This will ungroup each character which allows you to grab them individually and freely move them closer to each other.

Not only does this allow you to make the script font look like it was intended to, it also allows you to be a bit more creative with the design of the font by placing the characters a bit differently on your canvas.

Ungrouping the characters also allows you to be more creative with the size of the characters.

If you need to zoom in to make sure that the font is kerned correctly, feel free to use the zoom tool located at the bottom left of your canvas.

When you are happy with your kerning, mark each word or the whole sentence and click Attach in the toolbar on the right. This will group all the marked characters again, which will allow you to easily move the design around without ruining the kerning you just did.

The last step before cutting

Lastly, before you cut your design, make sure to weld the font. You can read more here how you can weld the font.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us at [email protected]

 

 

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