Changing kerning value in a text frame using Scribus.
You can change the kerning value using the little black arrows in order to reduce or enlarge it. If you reduce a lot, it will be very dififcult to read the text. You can see in the next figure an example. This is a word with differente kerning values (image from Wikipedia).
Different kerning values aplied to a single word using Scribus.
As a practical exercise, select a sample text frame and reduce kerning to -25%. Take a look at the results. Modify the kerning value increasing to 50%. Take a look at the final results. Once finished, leave the kerning value to initial 0%.
Take a look at this Linux journal article about Scribus leading, kerning and tracking
Learn more, take a look to Wikipedia
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