Remove extra space in front of the text without outlining it? [Illustrator]


Did anyone figure it out on how to remove that little extra space in front of the text?

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8/21/2015 7:39:00 PM

Accepted Answer

You should kern your text, not track it (tracking is for adjusting uniform spacing in spans or blocks of text, kerning is for adjusting individual letter spacing).

Kerning is located in the character palette, below font size and left of tracking (CS6). To use it, select the type tool and place the text cursor on the left side of the letter you want to adjust (the "E" here). Keep in mind:

  • Negative numbers will shift your text left.
  • The units are 1/1000 em, so you may need to enter a large number like -100.
  • You need to be using area type (which is where your type is contained in a closed shape, such as when you click and drag with the type tool to make a box, or click a closed shape with the type tool and enter some text), because you won't get the desired result using point type (when you single click and enter text with the type tool) or type on a path.

See also:
Kerning on the Illustrator docs

8/31/2015 9:57:00 PM


While everything I said in my answer is true, the answer that you are looking for is Qutorial's answer below. It's tested and it works nicely. Keep in mind that while using his method you need to be in text-editing mode with the focus in front of the first letter, only then you can change the value from auto (or 0) to a negative one!

I'm sorry to say but as far as I know you can't get rid of that space without outlining the font.

That space is due to the font's creation, not something illustrator puts there. Like shown below, different fonts have different spaces. (You may find some that have almost no space.)

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