The Stretch Tool is definitely having a moment. We feel like we’ve been seeing super stretched out edits everywhere, and we’re loving them all. So today we’re letting you in on the latest photo editing trick we’ve discovered. It was inspired by a photo series by Frances Berry called “Lines We Live By” (and we highly recommend you check it out). Berry uses vintage photos in her edits, but we’ll show you how to add your own creative spin to the technique using your own photos. Give it a try in this easy tutorial — we dare you not to love it.

  1. Download PicsArt photo editor and collage maker for iOS, Android or Windows.
  2. Open your picture in the photo editor. Tap on Tools > Stretch.
  3. Tap on the paintbrush icon with a lock at the top of the screen. This will allow you to lock certain parts of your photo so they don’t get stretched.
  4. Use your finger to select the areas of your photo that you wish to remain intact. Tap on the paintbrush icon at the bottom if you’d like to adjust the brush size as you go. When you’re done, tap on the check mark.
  5. Tap on the Warp icon to open the brush settings panel. Bring the brush size and power up to the max.
  6. Use your finger to start stretching your photo. If you make a mistake, you can always tap on “Restore” in the bottom right corner and brush over the area where you’d like to undo the distortion. Tap on “Apply” when you’re done.
  7. Tap on the arrow in the top right corner to finish. Save your edit and share it on PicsArt with the hashtag #StretchItOut.


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