If you follow any recruits on Twitter you know what I mean by an "edit", if you don't know about the edit-game I'll explain it. An "edit" is basically a really sweet edited photo of a recruit in a team's certain uniform or it can be edited to reflect a certain school. This can often be seen as a recruiting tool and has taken recruiting by storm.
If you follow Texas Tech's recruits on Twitter you'll see a lot of the guys tweeting out edits made by @TTUedits. He's by far one of the best guys out there making these awesome edits. I was able to catch up with him to see what exactly this edit-game is all about.
Q: First, let the viewers know a little about yourself and your Red Raider passion.
My name is Chris and I graduated from Tech in December 2011 with a BS in Architecture. I recently graduated from Grad school (Virginia Tech) and moved out to the SF Bay Area (Bay Area Red Raiders hit me up!), so these 11 AM Big 12 games are killing me.
The Michael Crabtree play happened my freshman year and I’ve been a huge Red Raider fan since then.
Q: How long have you been doing this and have you always been this talented?
I first learned Photoshop in architecture school and I’ve been using Photoshop for a couple of years, but only recently (10 months ago or so) did I start to branch out into non-architecture related graphics. I was never into following recruiting aside from NSD, but my younger brother, Andrew did. He would tell me about recruits posting "edits" that fans would send on Twitter and suggested that I try and make them too. I’ve come a long way since then. I thought my Photoshop skills were pretty good before I started making these, but I’ve learned a ton. Watching YouTube video tutorials and talking to others have been the biggest help.
Q: What made you want to start making the recruit edits?
I didn’t like a lot of the edits that other schools' fans posted. I felt like I could do it and do it better for Tech. I just wanted to make cool looking graphics. It’s become a creative outlet for me outside of the office.
Q: If you had to guess, how many edits have you made for recruits? Do you ever get special requests?
It has to be over 100 by now. I’ve started to mix in other Tech related graphics as a change of pace and that’s been fun. I’ve gotten some freelance graphic work because of this too, which has been cool.
Q: The Red Raiders landed a big recruit in Jack Anderson, any idea how many edits you've made for him?
He’s a big time guy, a definite program changer. Off the top of my head it’s at least 7 or 8.
Q: Has a recruit ever given you negative feedback?
Nothing negative. Most of the guys that message me are very appreciative of what I do. They know this isn’t my job so they’re very positive about what I’m able to get done.
Q: What software do you use or is that top secret?
Haha, it’s definitely not top secret. I use Adobe Photoshop and Topaz Labs.
Q: Do you think you'll always do this for the Red Raiders' targets?
For the foreseeable future, I think so. It’s fun and exciting and it gets me pumped up for Red Raider football.
As you can see, it does take time and effort to make the edits for these guys. Just as much as recruits like getting mail from programs, they appreciate the hard work on edits as well. If you don't already follow Chris on Twitter make sure you do @TTUedits.