When you need to kern many similar glyphs at once, like
Á , you can now save much time by linking the kerning values of all accented glyphs to a single one, like the original
So once you have kerned the two pairs
VA , all the other pairs like
VÁ will be automatically created. How cool is that? 😀
Now how about linking only the left sides of your
Q with the kerning values from your
O - but only when it's the second letter of a kerning pair, like
Well, kerning groups can also be used to constrain a single side of glyphs. For instance, you can link all kerning values related to the left side of the glyph
Æ to the pairs ending with an
VA , so you don't have to kern
Create kerning groups
The kerning table now contains 2 tabs, one for Pairs and one for Groups.
We recommend to start creating your kerning groups before making kerning pairs in order to avoid duplicate work.
A kerning group is created when you assign a specific character (the group master) to the left side or the right side of another glyph, based on their shapes' similarity.
A kerning group starts having an impact when you create a new kerning pair (the master pair) that involves the master character.
All the group members will then get the same kerning value, and you can view all the sibling pairs that have been generated by clicking on the + sign on the left side of a master pair.
In other words, you can tell Fontself that the left or right side of a glyph should get the same kerning value as another character, thus leading to precise adjustments.
Kerning group exceptions
If you need to apply a different value for a specific kerning pair that is part of a group, you can unlink the value from the master pair by clicking on the lock icon:
Ok, so which groups to create?
Well, that will highly depend on the design of your typeface, but here are a few tips.
Pairing with a rounded group master
O: C G Q
o: c d e g q
O: D Q
o: b p
Pairing with accented characters
For capitals, the grouping can be pretty straightforward:
A: Æ Á Â Ä À Å Ã
A: Á Â Ä À Å Ã
Due to kerning issues with lowercase accented characters - like
Tä - you might have to split a group in two, with the non-accented character like
a serving as a first group master, and an accented character like
ä as a second master for the accented lowercase characters.
ä: á â ä à å ã
ä: á â ä à å ã
Want to learn more? Check these great resources!
Simple visual explanation on TheTypeWorkshop
Detailed explanations on DesignShack
The Kerning Game by Method of Action