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Layer Tennis….

February 25, 2008

The New Season

Week Fifteen
The Finale

If you are going to be screwing around on Friday afternoons this Fall (and who isn’t?) make sure you’re screwing around somewhere with high-speed web access.

We’re hosting a series of live design events on Friday afternoons called Layer Tennis. We originally called the game “Photoshop Tennis” but these days there are a ton more tools that can be used alone and in combination to create things and we wanted to open these games up to millions of new possibilities. The season wouldn’t have happened without the support of Adobe® Creative Suite® 3, the weapon of choice for creatives everywhere and Layer Tennis players alike.

How The Game Works

We’ll be playing matches using lots of different applications, from Adobe® Photoshop® to Adobe® Flash®, but the basic idea is the same no matter what tools are in use. 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 with an opinion sounds off in the Forums and we declare a winner.

What Else Is New

We’ve got lots of new wrinkles in place and a host of amazing artists and writers on tap for the season. We’ve announced the first three matches and will be revealing the rest of the schedule in the weeks to come. Check the information under “Get Involved” to see how you can participate. As with everything else we do at Coudal, thanks a million for paying attention. Meanwhile, hike up your tube socks, subscribe to the RSS feed and join the newsletter list. There is a river of daily updates coming from the Layer Tennis crew.

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