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Tom Mastersevenly spaced type per character
by on May 24, 2012 at 6:55:49 pm

Is there a way to format type in AE (CS5) so that each character is evenly spaced?
by that I mean, each character occupies the same amount of pixels in width. So that, no matter what the source type is, each character falls in the same spaces.
I am using Akzidenz Grotesk currently.


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: evenly spaced type per character
by on May 24, 2012 at 8:28:46 pm

As far as I know, the only way to accomplish that is to use a Monospaced font, specifically designed for that purpose. Here's a listing of some of the more common ones:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samples_of_monospaced_typefaces

Here are a few more:

http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/list/style/Monospaced

The other types of fonts are designed with sets of kerning pairs, in which they are designed to look good on the page, not to have the same spacing between each letter. The monospaced fonts are often called Programmers Fonts, because they're easy to comprehend in large blocks of code.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: evenly spaced type per character
by on May 24, 2012 at 8:39:14 pm

There is no monospaced version of Akzidenz Grotesk from what I can see - even the complete $750 font family from Linotype shows no such version. I hope you haven't gotten too far in your type design.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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Tom MastersRe: evenly spaced type per character
by on May 24, 2012 at 8:45:38 pm

Thank you kindly!

I suspected it might have to be a certain font.. so I built easily editable.
Thanks!


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Dave LaRondeRe: evenly spaced type per character
by on May 24, 2012 at 9:22:55 pm

Hmmm... there may yet be a way to accomplish this. I seem to recall that in a text layer's character controls panel, there's a check box that says something like, "remove proportional spacing" I'm not at my AE machine, so I can't confirm it.

Alternately, try the Courier typeface. I think it's monospaced to begin with.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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Joseph W. BourkeRe: evenly spaced type per character
by on May 24, 2012 at 10:31:21 pm

Good memory, Dave, but the switch to turn off Proportional Spacing is in the Numbers Effect, not in the Character or Paragraph panels. I think the only way to utilize it is to make number animations monospace so that they don't jump around when they're counting up or down.

Joe Bourke
Owner/Creative Director
Bourke Media
http://www.bourkemedia.com


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