Layer Tennis is Back!

Are you ready for the best tennis match of the year? I’m not talking about the US Open or even Wimbledon. Prepare your eyeballs for the return of Layer Tennis! This friendly competition between two creatives—animators, artists, illustrators, graphic designers, photographers—happens in real-time and even has play-by-play commentary. The competitors volley a file back and forth, each adding to the piece during their 15-minute turn. After 10 volleys, the match is over and a winner is decided on social media.

It’s always interesting to see how a piece will progress and what each competitor will add to (or destroy in) the file. The ongoing commentary is just as engaging, with healthy doses of pop culture references and humor only creatives could love.

Season 4 of the only designer spectator sport that I’m aware of starts up Friday, September 12th, with two exhibition matches already having been played. The season lasts for 8 weeks, culminating with a Championship Tournament. You can check out the archives from past seasons to get a feel for what Layer Tennis is all about and, if this is the sport you were born to play, you can sign up for the upcoming season.

Posted on: August 19, 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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