Long ago, designers played Photoshop Tennis, a sport beloved for both the euphoria of the creative volley and agony of the slow-rendering defeat. Champions were made. Well, sports fans, prepare yourself for the return of Photoshop Tennis, in the form of the even more strenuous Layer Tennis (yes, it’s beyond Photoshop since there are so many programs that can make juicy, delicious layers). But how does it work, you ask?
Two artists (or two small teams of artists) will swap a file back and forth in real-time, adding to and embellishing the work. Each artist gets fifteen minutes to complete a “volley” and then we post that to the site. A third participant, a writer, provides play-by-play commentary on the action, as it happens. The matches last for ten volleys and when it’s complete, everyone visiting the site votes for a winner.
On September 28 the season kicks off with Shaun Inman vs. Kevin Cornell and commentary by John Gruber. That’s Layer Tennis, live every Friday, only on the Coudal Sports Network.