How to Flip an Image in Photoshop

Pho­to­shop is a pow­er­ful image edit­ing tool known for its advanced fea­tures, not its ease of use. It’s no won­der than that many new users have trou­ble fig­ur­ing out how to per­form basic tasks like flip­ping images. This guide will show you exact­ly how to flip an image in Photoshop.

Don’t wor­ry– you aren’t the only one who can’t fig­ure this out!

Mirror / flip an image in Photoshop

Use the Image Rota­tion menu to flip an image hor­i­zon­tal­ly or mir­ror it vertically.

If the image has no lay­ers, flip­ping is pret­ty easy. Just go Image -> Image Rotata­tion and select Flip Can­vas Hor­i­zon­tal. This will mir­ror the image. You can select it again or click Undo to revert the image to its orig­i­nal position.

You can also click Flip Can­vas Ver­ti­cal to flip an image vertically.

How to flip a layer in Photoshop

You can also flip an invid­ual lay­er instead of the whole image.

What if you have an image with mul­ti­ple lay­ers and just want to flip a sin­gle lay­er? That’s easy, too. First, nav­i­gate to the lay­er you want to flip. You can also select mul­ti­ple lay­ers. Then go to Edit -> Trans­form and choose Flip Hor­i­zon­tal or Flip Ver­ti­cal.

You can also press Cmd + T (Ctrl + T for Win­dows) to flip an image via the Free Trans­form tool. This tool also lets you rotate images.

Other tips

  • Make sure the lay­er you’re try­ing to flip is not locked.
  • Text and logos will look back­ward when flipped. Save a copy of the lay­er before flip­ping, then re-add these ele­ments to fix this issue.
  • Flip­ping an image may also make peo­ple look unnatural
  • You can rotate and flip images to cre­ate rep­ti­tive pat­terns, too! Use the Blur tool to help with this
  • Care­ful­ly choose how you flip a pho­to — along the ver­ti­cal or hor­i­zon­tal axis — since the results will be dif­fer­ent depend­ing on how you do it.

As you can see, flip­ping a pic­ture in Pho­to­shop is not dif­fi­cult. If you’d like more begin­ner Pho­to­shop tuto­ri­als, we also rec­om­mend check­ing out our post on how to zoom in Pho­to­shop.

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