reply to post by snarky412
It is really up to you on how you do it. I will always "Scale Image" but in order to adjust for the stretch I will first, click the "crop tool"
and crop the image to as tall and skinny as you are willing to go(getting rid of the sides, making it skinnier,to the very edge of what you want seen,
even if only a few pixels, will help with the visible stretch.) When you have finished this it is time to "Scale image". Scale the image to 180 wide
and check the stretch amount.
If the stretch is too noticeable, Click "Edit" then "undo scale" and try again with a wider base. The reason for undoing it rather than just
scaling again is, with the scale the image is distorted and information is lost. By making it bigger it will look fuzzy and distorted, but by undoing
and going smaller this is less likely to happen and your image will be clearer. Repeat this as many times as you need to to find that happy medium
where the image looks good and not stretched too much to be noticed by the eye. Obviously this will leave you with an image that is too big.
Your next step is to create a new image. Click "File", then "New", set your size to 180X480. The "Advanced Settings" under the size settings
will allow you to choose the new background to either foreground color, background color, or transparent. Then click "OK". Along the top of your
original image will be the size of that image(you may have to drag the sides out further to expose it). The first number will be the width of the
image. Go back to your new image and scale it so the width matches that of your working image and click "OK". If you do not unlink the width and
height it will automatically scale it to the needed height to keep the true scale.
Select your working image and right click on it. In the menu that appears, hover over edit, then select "copy visible" from the new drop down menu.
Next go to your new image you created and right click on it. Again hover over edit, in the new drop down menu, hover over "Paste as" then select
"New layer" in the menu that appears. This will put your working image on top of the new created workspace. It will be aligned to the top and left.
Next, Scale your new working space back down to the 180X480 size.
The next part is full of choices for you to make depending on what you want. Look at your visible image and decide what it is on that image you want
centered. If it needs moved down, click the "Move" tool and move the visible image down on your new workspace to center your focus point. At the
bottom of the workspace is a "100%" and a drop down arrow. Click the drop down arrow and select "400%"(this will enlarge the image for working
detail without actually resizing the image). Slide the bar over to one side or the other and move the whole workspace so you can see the edges of the
image. This will allow you to make sure your old image is sitting right and there are no spaces on the sides or bottom, depending on how far you moved
it down. Then reset the visible size back to "100%".
Now, I am going to assume that there is space on top and on bottom of the original image in this description. If there is not then you can skip what
you do not need to do. Here is where the choices come in. Look at the top of the image, and decide whether it would be better to fade to a solid
color(ie black or white or sky blue as example) or if you need to find another picture to blend into the image(like I did with the bottom half of the
waves of your current background). If you choose to add a section rather than blend do a Google image search for what you need and crop to the size
you need using the above steps to put it into place.
Once it is in place you want to "Merge" it with your main image. I would recommend not clicking "Image" and selecting "Merge visible" as you may
still need the layers to slide an image under the other layers but rather go to the tools section on your right, making sure your addition is directly
below your main image in the layers list by dragging it to where you need it and right clicking your main image and select "Merge Down" this will
only merge those two. Your next step is to select your "Smudge Tool", set it to a small size in the left bottom section of your tools area and in
small strokes break up the defining line between the merged images. Repeat for the opposite side if needed.
Your other options are to draw in manually what is needed or bucket fill the bottom layer with the solid color, merge the whole image, and use the
Smudge Tool" to create the fade to that color. OR if you have a "Fade edges" plug in you can fade the edges of your original image prior to putting
it on the new back ground.
I hope this helped explain it all to you. If you need a walk through I can do it again with picture examples of what I am talking about, just let me