The Essentials of Typography, with Scott Kelby

Learn typography with Scott Kelby.

This class is designed to help make everything you do using type look more professional by taking you through the most important typography rules, and teaching you the shortcuts, techniques and how to work with type in Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator (which thankfully all pretty much share the same shortcuts), so everything you do with type looks even better.

Get instant access to this course & more

Buy Now $49.95
  • You will receive unlimited access to stream this class with the option to download an HD 720p .mp4 file. To access purchased courses, login and go to your "Account Management" page. Internet connection required for streaming video (broadband recommended). File Size: 338 MB
Rent Now $6.99
  • Rent this course and watch it as often as you like for three full days (72 hours), from the time of purchase. To access rented courses, login and go to your Account Management page. Internet connection required for streaming video (broadband recommended).

Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: Introduction (Duration 00:44)

Intro video.

Lesson 2: Tracking (Duration 09:19)

Creating professional-looking type starts with the spacing between letters.

Lesson 3: Kerning (Duration 03:24)

Controlling the space between two letters.

Lesson 4: Leading (Duration 08:45)

Adjusting the space between the lines of type.

Lesson 5: Justifying Type (Duration 07:21)

Use the paragraph panel to control the alignment of your text.

Lesson 6: Hyphens and Dashes (Duration 05:17)

Some rules on when and how to use them.

Lesson 7: Roman Hanging Punctuation (Duration 03:09)

A very important typography element to use with quotations.

Lesson 8: Two Spaces to Start Sentence (Duration 03:31)

This old habit is outdated and must be corrected.

Lesson 9: Ligatures (Duration 04:50)

These single characters are provided by the type designer to replace two letters that do not space correctly.

Lesson 10: Marks and Symbols (Duration 06:02)

Use super-scripting to add trademark and copyright symbols.

Lesson 11: Inch and Foot Marks, Small Caps (Duration 04:01)

Inch and foot marks are for use when typing out lengths. Small caps are great for times.

Lesson 12: No Script in All Caps (Duration 02:33)

Don’t ruin your script font by using all caps.

Lesson 13: Italics and Bold (Duration 02:25)

Use these when adding emphasis to your type.

Lesson 14: Ellipse and All Caps (Duration 03:23)

Introducing a new symbol and rules for using call caps.

Lesson 15: Tabs (Duration 01:49)

Never try to line up your text using the space bar.

Lesson 16: Mixing Fonts (Duration 03:14)

Rules for when you are using two different fonts.

Lesson 17: Pick the Right Font (Duration 01:43)

Here are some useful tips for picking which font to use in your design.

Meet Your Instructor: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President and CEO of KelbyOne, is also the original “Photoshop Guy”, is the Cofounder and CEO of Kelby Media Group, the editor and publisher of Photoshop User…


  1. Woohoo, Christmas has come early! I have been hoping and waiting years for Scott to make this course. Each segment is packed with useful tips, techniques and finishing touches. My type has just gone up several notches. I hope Scott will also do an advanced course. Gotta go - gotta kern!

  2. Scott, I would just like to say that the new format for K1 is phenomenal. Bringing everything together was absolutely brilliant and has course study and application, along with a closer look into the photoshop community, has become a part of my daily activities. I even find myself watching classes I might now have had interest in before. Thank you so much for providing such a great forum for creatives.

  3. I have always struggled with type in Photoshop and find that this instructional has provided a wide array of useful tips. It is particularly helpful and timely now that many of us are creating photo books. Scott, as always, proves himself to be a top notch instructor. Thank you.

  4. Good quick intro to typography, but you've got a whopper in Lesson 14. The type character to show an unfinished thought or intentional omission is the ellipsis. An ellipse is a geometric figure, known to most of us as a squished circle or an oval and has no connection with the ellipsis. Thanks for the wonderful offerings at KelbyOne.

  5. Thank You Scott I am a massive fan of your school and also of your photography work. Scott you are a creative genius and I have learned so much from Kelby training it really has put new perspective in to my life thank you so much to you all for sharing and the hard work you put in. Many Regards Chip

Submit a Comment