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Increase negative tracking beyond -1000 in CS5?

Apr 27, 2013 1:17 PM

Tags: #kerning

In order to create some special mathematical symbols I need to overprint several characters.  I used to be able to accomplish this in QuarkXPress using negative kerning of as much as -2 Em.  But InDesign CS5 seems to have a negative limit of -1 Em.  Is there any way to increase this limit, or can anyone suggest a clever workaround?

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    Apr 27, 2013 1:29 PM   in reply to HJFisher

    The first question that comes to mind is why you don't reverse the order of the characters and use a positive kern, but I played with with inserting the non-joiner special character between tow glyphs and found that I can kern a -1000 on each side of it, for an "apparent" total of -2 em.

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    Apr 27, 2013 1:47 PM   in reply to HJFisher

    Try the IndyFont demo :-) (


    This demo (there is a Full Version on its way!) only allows you to create a single character per font, but you can create as much fonts as you want.


    (Out of curiosity: what sorts of special characters are you using?)

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