Photoshop Tip: Quick Tracking and Kerning of Text



If you want to change the Tracking (the space between each letter in a word or group of words), there are a couple of shortcuts that allow you to do it without going into the Character Palette. Using these keyboard shortcuts is a great way to speed up your workflow as you can keep one hand on the keyboard making shortcuts and another on the mouse using the tools.

To set the tracking looser i.e. put more space between each letter, highlight the text with the Type tool that you want to affect, then press Alt-Right Arrow (Windows) or Option-Right Arrow (Mac).

To set the tracking tighter, highlight the text and then press Alt-Left Arrow or Option-Left Arrow.

Tracking text by Jennifer Farley


To change the Kerning (the space between two individual letters), click with your cursor between the two letters you want to change and use the same keyboard shortcuts as above.

Kerning in photoshop - Laughing Lion Design

These shortcuts are the same in Illustrator.





  1. Πολυόργανα says:

    Hi Jennifer.Your tip was great. You solve my problem in a few seconds
    Thanks a lot

  2. Karen Murphy says:

    How clever…… I am a bit Photoshop challenged, still learning. Thanksfor offering this tip! I am anxious to try this to update my website front page. Your site looks interesting; will take some time to check it out.


  3. Carmen says:

    Four years later, you’re still helping to save others time when using Photoshop. Thanks for the tip.

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