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Adding Space To A Image In Photoshop Using The “Free Transform” Tool

Ever wished that you had just a touch more room on the side, or maybe even the top of a image but you just did not know what you could do about it?
The “Free Transform” tool in Photoshop could do the trick for you, helping you to possibly save a few images that you just might normally trash.
Here is just two examples of what you can do with portraits, nature images, product images, etc., and some of the steps needed to transform and save some of your images.

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“Free Transforming” in Photoshop is simply taking a image that you need some additional room, and transforming or adding some space to the top or sides of the image. It is sort of like a quick clone in Photoshop.
This works very well if you have a fairly smooth, clean area that does not show much detail and/or features. I am using this image of a flower with some slightly blurred details in the background just to show you how it can work with some hint of blurred features/details.
The last example used is of a insect, one that had a smooth, clean background for its expansion.

Now, select your image.


In Photoshop, (I use Photoshop CS), go to “Image” and down to “Canvas Size”.
Select the width, then add the size you want in inches or pixels.
Click on your anchor point, directing which side the canvas addition will move to.
Click OK.


When you click OK, you will see the additional canvas that you added appear to the right side of the image.


In your toolbar area, (left side), select the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” that should be at the top.
Select a area of your image with the Marquee tool, and making sure you do not select any of the main subject, or an area with lots of details. Select a area that is clean.
On your keyboard, use “control – T” while clicking inside of your marquee selection.
A box will appear, and you move down to “Free Transform”. Click on that.
Small boxes will appear on the lines of your marquee selection. Grab one and pull/drag it in the direction that you would like to transform that area to.
Double click inside the transformed area. After that, you may need to click one time outside of your selected/transformed area.


Here you can see how easy you can extend a image, and how it can stretch your image and how it effects a background with hints of details in the background.

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This next image is one with a much smoother, cleaner background. With a image such as this one, you could add lots of space on the right side, making this image into an extreme pano, … if one would wish to do so that is!
This one is a simple example, … and so easy to do.

© 2005 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.


© 2005 – Michael Brown
* Copying/downloading of images is prohibited.


So, if you ever find yourself wishing that the petal was not so close to the edge and need more room, or you nearly cut your childs ear off and need some additional room on the side to make the image more pleasing to look at, … this can really help!

Hope this Photoshop tip works for you, and maybe it can help save some of those images that might need just a wee bit of help!

Take care gang!

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