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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