How to adjust tracking in Photoshop

Want to adjust the spacing of your text (tracking) in Photoshop?

When working with text in Adobe Photoshop, you may want to adjust the spacing between your letters to make them either tighter or looser.

By adjusting the horizontal spacing (called tracking) between the lettering in your text, you can improve the readability of your text, or make it more visually aesthetic.

A great example of this would be a bold heading on a flyer or social media graphic where you want the letters spread further apart for both looks and readability.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Open your Photoshop project file
  2. Select or create the text you want to adjust the space of
  3. Open the Character Panel (Window > Character)
  4. Adjust the spacing of your text by changing the point value in the tracking box (the “VA” icon) — the higher the value, the more the spacing