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How to Lengthen a Neck in Photoshop

Updated February 21, 2017

The plastic surgery field seems to announce new procedures every year, but surgeons have yet to find a way to lengthen the tangled web of the spine, arteries and all of the other components of the human neck. Untouchable by medical science, creation of a graceful, long neck falls in the zone of digital doctoring, where graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop make it possible, no anaesthesia or recovery required.

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  1. Open Photoshop. Click the "File" menu. Click "Open." Click "Browse." Locate the photo with the neck to lengthen and double-click it, opening it in Photoshop.

  2. Pull down the "Window" menu and click "Show Layers." The "Layers" palette opens with a single layer, Background.

  3. Click the "Lasso" tool. Draw an outline around just the person's head. When blinking lines appear, right-click inside them and select "Layer via Copy." Nothing changes on the picture, but a new Layer 1 is added to the "Layers" palette.

  4. Right-click the layer, select "Layer Properties," type "Head" and click the "OK" button.

  5. Click the Background layer to give it focus. Repeat the "Lasso" and "Layer via Copy" process to draw an outline around the person's neck. Rename the layer "Neck."

  6. Click the "Head" layer to give it focus. Click the "Move" tool, the top icon on the "Tools" pane on the left side of the screen, and drag the head up towards the top of the Photoshop workspace. The image will start to look as if it has two heads.

  7. Click the "Neck" layer to give it focus. Right-click the layer and select "Duplicate Layer." Click "OK." The new layer is added to the palette but doesn't show on the screen.

  8. Click the "Move" tool and slowly drag the new neck up to meet the head, covering up the original head, and lengthening the neck. Repeat the "Duplicate Layer" process if desired to fill in additional space between the bottom of where the head was dragged and the original body area.

  9. Click the small icon in the top-right corner of the "Layers" palette. Click "Flatten Image." Pull down the "File" menu, click "Save As," type a new name for the image and click the "Save" button.

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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