How to mirror an image in Word

You are prob­a­bly aware that you can do dif­fer­ent pho­to manip­u­la­tion tech­niques in Pho­to­shop (such as flip­ping an image). But have you ever thought about doing the same process in Microsoft Word? Although Word is fair­ly lim­it­ed in its pho­to-edit­ing poten­tial, there are a cou­ple of less­er-known fea­tures you can use to cre­ate a stun­ning mir­ror image effect with­out the need to down­load oth­er apps.

But there is a catch here. When you search “mir­ror an image” on Google, you will see a bunch of online tuto­ri­als on how to flip/rotate an image, which is the process of flip­ping the same images ver­ti­cal­ly or hor­i­zon­tal­ly. And that is not the effect we want to achieve here.

Mir­ror image (as defined by Wikipedia) is a reflect­ed dupli­ca­tion of an object that appears almost iden­ti­cal, but is reversed in the direc­tion per­pen­dic­u­lar to the mir­ror sur­face. Some­thing like this for instance:

Creating mirror image effect in Microsoft Word
Image: Anas­tasiya Gepp/Wunderstock

Luck­i­ly for you, we have decid­ed to lead you through the exact process of mak­ing a mir­ror image in Microsoft Word. It is real­ly not that hard once you know how to do it. You might also want to learn how to move an image in Google Docs.

Step by step guide on how to mirror an image in Microsoft word

Screenshot of how to insert a picture in Microsoft Word
To insert a pic­ture in Microsoft Word, start by click­ing “Insert > Pic­tures” and select the loca­tion of your picture.

First, you need to insert an image in Microsoft Word by fol­low­ing these sim­ple nav­i­ga­tion steps. Insert>Pictures from your device or online resource.

Mod­ern ver­sions of Microsoft Word (read: Word 2019 or lat­er) have a new “cre­ative con­tent” option to direct­ly insert Stock Images from a free Microsoft­’s image col­lec­tion. But you can also use Bing’s image search engine to find the right roy­al­ty free image on the web. Wun­der­stock is great place to start  search­ing for  free-to-use stock photography.

Screenshot showing how to copy image in Microsoft Word
Right click on the image and select “Copy > Paste” option

Once you choose the right image, select it and click on Home > Copy, or just right-click on the image and select the Copy option. Make sure you placed the cur­sor right next to the select­ed image and click Paste. It will cre­ate a side-by-side pho­to col­lage of the same image.

Screenshot showing how to do 3-D rotation in Microsoft Word
To rotate the image in Microsoft word you should fol­low these steps: “For­mat > Pic­ture Effects > 3‑D Rota­tion > 3‑D Rota­tion Options”

Now you should select the sec­ond image, or the one you want to rotate, and go to For­mat > Pic­ture Effects > 3‑D Rota­tion > 3‑D Rota­tion Options.

Screenshot showing the final step of mirror image effect
Final step in cre­at­ing a mir­ror Image in Microsoft Word is to “Rotate the sec­ond image to 180 degrees”

It will open a new For­mat pic­ture tab where you need to set the X Rota­tion to 180 degrees which will flip the oth­er image coun­ter­clock­wise and make a mir­ror effect. You can use the same steps to flip an image at any angle you want, like cre­at­ing an upside-down mir­ror image by flip­ping a Y‑axis to 180 degrees.

Some additional tips:

  • Some images just look bet­ter than oth­ers when the mir­ror effect is applied. Expe­ri­ence tells us that the best pho­tos to use in this instance are the ones that have some motion and sym­me­try to them (think por­traits with hair or body move­ment, nat­ur­al land­scapes, abstract col­or images, geo­met­ric shapes, or mod­ern geo­met­ric buildings).
  • You can repeat the same process over and over again to make some triple, quadru­ple, or even quin­tu­ple mir­ror images. Just depend­ing on how much of a psy­che­del­ic vibe you want to add to your artis­tic process.
  • You can use the same tech­niques to flip text, shapes, charts, tables, and Smar­tArt in Microsoft Word.
  • The steps are very sim­i­lar in Word for Mac and old­er ver­sions of Word for Win­dows (Word 2007, Word 2013, etc.)

Online tools for the same mirror image effect

There are a bunch of free online tools that reverse images, but if you want to cre­ate a dou­ble reflec­tion effect you should go for col­lage mak­er tools. The process is some­what sim­i­lar to all of them.

First, you need to choose the col­lage lay­out of two side-by-side images, upload the desired pho­to and drop it in each cell of the col­lage tem­plate. Leave one image as it is while flip­ping the oth­er to 180 degrees. And that should do the trick.

Here is a list of free pho­to col­lage mak­er tools that we have test­ed and can guar­an­tee that will cre­ate same/similar effect to the one we done in Microsoft Word:

  • Pho­to­join­er - free image edit­ing tool with sim­ple and easy-to-nav­i­gate interface. 
  • befunky — col­lage mak­er tool with the largest num­ber of fea­tures but beware that for some of them you will have to pay month­ly subscription.
  • Foto­Jet - this tool has a lot of col­lage tem­plates you can work with, but for some of them you will have to pay a month­ly fee 
  • Rib­bet — you can down­load this tool to your com­put­er or use it in your brows­er if you enable Flash play­er. New non-flash web ver­sion will launch on Decem­ber 21st in beta. Still, this is a sleek tool with smart inter­face, that also offers some pre­mi­um options for month­ly subscriptions. 

Unleash your cre­ative poten­tial and most impor­tant­ly — have fun doing it. If there is some­thing we missed to men­tion, or you just want to share your expe­ri­ence with our team just leave a com­ment below and we will be hap­py to reply.

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