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Pixel Stretch

Trendwhore or not, Pixel stretch effects have been enjoying a bit of a renaissance lately.  Their ease of use, flexibility, and general funkiness when used properly makes them a useful tool for budding interface and wallpaper designers alike. Best of all, you can create them too in 3 simple steps...

Step 1: Open up a photo or picture of your choice.  The best results undoubtedly come from symmetrical or 'head-on' images, but this is not always the case. Now, using the Single Column Marquee Tool, make a 1px wide selection.

Step 2: Select Edit > Copy from the Photoshop menu, and then Edit > Paste.  This will create a new layer on top of the others, which you should now select in the layers palette.  With this layer active, go back to the Photoshop menu once more and select Edit > Transform > Scale. Now move the cursor over one of the central nodes (little boxes) and click-drag it to either the left or right to create your stretch effect.

Step 3: When the stretch is of the desired size, press ENTER on the keyboard to make the effect permanent.  Et Voila, your finished effect!

Variations: Pixel stretches have been done to death over the last few years, so consider them a framework to build around, rather than a production-quality effect by themselves.    Layer effects can make modifications easy, of course.  The fade on the left, for example, is created by a gradient overlay with the blend mode set to colour dodge.  For more information, just read the Photoshop manual or some more of my tutorials - I'm rather fond of gradients myself too u'know... ;)

- Tutorial written by Man1c M0g

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User:  Sharon9280 (#27555)
Date: Sat May 13, 2006. 15:26:04

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The effects look good if it's done nicely
Thanks for the tutorial :)

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