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I imported a font with Hiero and I draw the font like:

font.draw(batch, "1", 0, 48);

This is the resultant image:

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So the font it moved up to hit the bottom perfectly, but it doesn't touch the left side perfectly. Why does this happen? Is there a way I can fix this? It seems like if I set the x coordinate to -3 it works, but this seems somewhat arbitrary. Any ideas?

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That spacing is called font kerning. And that is exactly why there is padding in front. The purpose of kerning is so that letters fit nicely next to each other, and that they aren't too close or too far away from each other.

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