Author: Nancy Esslinger

In this lesson you will learn about letter and line spacing and how it is used to make type more readable.

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  • Paragraph

    More than one line of type.

  • Linespacing

    The space between lines of type, usually measured in points. In computer program settings, the number used is the amount of linespacing added to the size of the type.

  • Leading

    Pronounced "ledding", another term for linespacing, refers to the non-digital printing technique of using strips of lead to create the space between lines.

  • Letterspacing

    The spacing between letter pairs.

  • Kerning

    The spacing between letter pairs in a headline, often adjusted to make the white space visually even.

  • Tracking

    The spacing over a range of letters and words in body copy, often adjusted for fit or style.