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I know this sounds silly, but this one of the reasons I prefer to work on Windows – one feature in MS Paint...

When you select something in MS Paint, you can move that selection with arrow keys. If you also hold Shift key – somehow it will “patch” the hole with pixels of your selection. Basically, you can easily stretch/move simple UI elements like buttons.

Below is an example of stretching GMail logo.

example of MSPaint feature

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  • Hi. Welcome to GDSE. sorry, but the result looks terrible though; all the pixels are jagged. Do what @xenoid has suggested, and you'll get a much better result. see example - also no need for all those key presses.
    – Billy Kerr
    Apr 30 at 11:40

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In Gimp (and possibly PS):

  • Increase the canvas size and split your object: enter image description here
  • Create a one pixel-wide selection enter image description here
  • Copy-paste it (Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V): enter image description here
  • Use the Scale tool to stretch it: enter image description here (use InterPolation: None)
  • And then Anchor it (Ctrl-H): enter image description here

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