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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