… for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Tip #610: Kerning is Turned Off in Premiere
I recommend assigning shortcuts to 5 & 50 unit movement.
Kerning is the ability to adjust the space between to letters to make it look more pleasing. Except… kerning is turned off by default in Premiere. Yes, you can select letters and adjust the tracking (Tip #611), but kerning allows us more precision over pairs of letters. While we generally don’t kern body text, we frequently need to kern titles.
To enable kerning shortcut controls:
- Open Premiere’s Keyboard Shortcuts panel.
- Search for “kern”
- Assign shortcuts to the options you prefer.
After experimenting with these, I recommend enabling movement by five and fifty units. I assigned these to the comma and period keys, using different modifier keys.
To kern, enable the Text tool and place it between the two letters you want to adjust. Then, type the keyboard shortcuts you just assigned to move the letters closer or farther apart – the exact amount depends upon what looks good to you.