How to creating a pixel stretch effect in Photoshop

03/01/2024 381

Have you ever seen photos of objects in moving poses with pixels stretch behind them? Do you want to create photos with such a pixel stretch effect but don't know how to do it? Don't worry, let's see how to create a very simple pixel stretch effect in Photoshop below.

How to creating a pixel stretch effect in Photoshop

Have you ever seen photos of objects in moving poses with pixels stretch behind them? Do you want to create photos with such a pixel stretch effect but don't know how to do it? Don't worry, let's see how to create a very simple pixel stretch effect in Photoshop below.

pixel stretch effect in Photoshop

How to create a pixel stretch effect in Photoshop 

How to create a pixel stretching effect in Photoshop is often used with subjects in moving positions such as running, dancing,... to create an impression. 

To create a pixel stretching effect in Photoshop, please refer to the following basic steps. 

Step 1: First we need to upload the photo we want to create the pixel stretch effect in Photoshop. You can click File on the menu bar => select Open => select the appropriate image => Open. 

Or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O and select the appropriate photo. In this article, I chose a photo with the subject being a girl jumping up and spreading her arms.

press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O

Step 2: Then we will create a new working file to create the pixel stretch effect in Photoshop on it. Select File on the menu bar => select New… => set the appropriate size parameters. Or press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N then set the parameters and click OK.

press the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+N then set the parameters and click OK

Step 3: In the working file with the girl, use the Quick Selection Tool to select the girl's selection. Then press Ctrl + J to separate the selected object into a separate layer.

press Ctrl + J to separate the selected object into a separate layer

Step 4: On the toolbar, select Move Tool to drag the layer containing the separated girl to the initially created file. You just need to select the layer with the separated girl, hold the mouse and drag to the original file.

select Move Tool

Step 5: Select Create new layer in the bottom corner of the screen to create a new layer (layer 2).

Create new layer in the bottom corner of the screen

Step 6: Next, select the newly created layer 2, use the Rectangular Marquee Tool to draw a small rectangle from the head to the foot of the subject. You should choose areas with many different colors to create a unique color gradient.

use the Rectangular Marquee Tool

Return to the first layer (layers including the separated objects), press Ctrl+C to copy the objects, then go to the second layer, and then press Ctrl+V to paste the objects.
Step 7: On the second layer, press Ctrl+T to select the new area to paste into, then hold down Shift and drag to both sides.

hold down Shift and drag to both sides

So you have finished creating the pixel stretch effect in Photoshop. The pixels on the image have been stretched. 

However, to make the photo more impressive, you can transform this pixel range. 

Step 8: You can see that in the photo there is also a pink color that our pulled pixel area has not shown. Please do as with steps 5,6,7 in the pink area. Then combine layer 2 and layer 3 using the key combination Ctrl_E.

combine layer 2 and layer 3

Step 9: On the menu bar, select Filter => select Distort => select Polar Coordinates.

select Polar Coordinates

In the Polar Coordinates window, you will adjust it down to about 12.5% ​​to fit the object (depending on the object, you will have different sizes), check the Rectangular to polar box.

check the Rectangular to polar box

Step 10: Adjust the size of the new pixel circle and the object to fit your idea.

Adjust the size of the new pixel circle

Step 11: Use the Eraser Tool on the toolbar to erase the pixel lines extending above the subject's head to create a unique effect.

Use the Eraser Tool

Step 12: You can add shadow to the combination you just created to give the photo impressive depth. Let's create a new layer to show the shadow of the effect under the subject and the layer containing the stretched pixels. Switch to black and white mode and then use the Brush tool to create shadows. Use the key combination Ctrl+T to adjust the appropriate shadow size. The results you get will be:

Use the key combination Ctrl+T

Above is information on how to create a pixel stretch effect in Photoshop. This method is not at all complicated. Hopefully Sadesign's sharing can help you create unique effects for your photos.

 
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