Hello, creatives and fellow designers today’s post is about the character adjustments that can be made from the Text studio in Affinity Designer on the iPad. Within the text studio, there are both character and paragraph adjustments that can be made to the text within a piece of art or illustration you’re working on.
Kerning will control the distance between two characters. When the value is a positive number you will have expanded gaps between the selected characters, and if the value is a negative number the gap will be reduced.
The shear will control any slant that you may or may not want to put on the text. When the number is positive it tilts the text to the right, and when the number is negative the text is tilted to the left.
Tracking will control the spacing uniformly throughout an entire word or selected words. If the number is positive then it expands the gaps and if the number is negative the gap will be reduced.
The horizontal scale will stretch or contract the width of the characters as well as the spacing in relation to the point size. Above 100% stretches and below 100% will contract the text.
The baseline will control the position of the bottom of the selected text. Positive numbers will move the selected text up and negative numbers will move the selected text down.
The vertical scale will stretch or contract the height of the characters as well as the spacing in relation to the point size. Above 100% stretches and below 100% will contract the text.
The leading override applies an override to selected text allowing you to increase the leading compared to the paragraphs leading.
Open Type Typography
These are features and typographical adjustments that can be made to the characters depending on what font you’re working with.
A ligature is when two or more characters are connected into one character. Standard ligatures are created to solve the problem of letters that “crash” when next to each other.
Contextual alternatives are glyphs designed to work in the context of the other glyphs surrounding it. This is very important when it comes to script-like fonts that need to appear connected.
Ordinals are words that represent rank in sequential order. And when this feature is turned on with a relevant font selected the ordinals will automatically apply the superscript to the number.
Dynamically will adjust typed fractions into a single glyph when the relevant font is in use.
Superscript will convert any highlighted or selected text into a superscript, where the characters are set higher than nearby text and are also decreased in size.
Subscript will convert any highlighted or selected text into a subscript, where the characters are set below nearby text and smaller in size.
All Caps does just what it says, if you have it selected all highlighted text will be converted into all Capitals.
Small caps are also a pretty straight forward feature. If it is enabled then any text that isn’t capitalized will be shown as a smaller uppercase letter.
You can quickly see what features are available for the font your currently working with by opening the OpenType panel and selecting hide irrelevant features. Affinity also supports other open type features that will allow you to adjust your font with a greater degree of control.
That is the Character section of the Text Studio. As always thank you for taking the time to read 💚. Know that I appreciate you and wish you all the luck in the world in your creative endeavors.
Till next time, Happy Designing 💚!