Improve Your Talent for “Eyeballing It”

I’m kind of a stickler for neat and tidy layout; blame it on my printing background, I guess. I try not to be too harsh with those designers that insist on eyeballing everything. I welcomed InDesign’s Smart Guides with open arms because I could, at last, join the freewheeling eyeballing group and STILL have my tidy layout.

If you’re in the group that prefers to rely on your visual accuracy, you might want to test how fine those skills really are using the Eyeballing Game. This addictive online test quizzes you on finding the midpoint of a center, bisecting an angle, making perfect parallelograms and right angles, pinpointing the convergence of three points, and finding the exact center of a circle—something I can’t seem to master to save my life.

Each attempt is scored on accuracy and time to complete the task. The game keeps track of the best of the last 500 scores across the web and the best scores on your local machine. Interestingly, I was recently playing the Eyeballing Game with just one eye open (due to a particularly bad allergy attack) and somehow I racked up some of my best scores. I now intend to do all my freeform layout with an eye patch!


Posted on: August 14, 2014

Erica Gamet

Erica Gamet has been involved in the graphics industry for over 25 years. She is a speaker, writer, and trainer, focusing on Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Apple Keynote and iBooks Author, and other print- and production-related topics. She is a regular contributor to InDesign Magazine, tech edited How To Do Everything with Adobe InDesign CS4, and served as leader of the Denver InDesign User Group. After living as a nomad for almost a year, she recently put down roots in El Paso, Texas, where she hikes and bikes every chance she gets. Check out to see all of Erica's upcoming events, tips and tricks, and workbooks.

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