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.

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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