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
- Tutorial written by Man1c M0g
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