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How to Flip Image in Photoshop?

Flip and Rotate Image in Photoshop

Flipping an image in Adobe Photoshop allows you to mirror or reverse it horizontally or vertically. This can be useful for various purposes, such as creating symmetrical compositions, correcting orientation, or adding artistic effects to your images.

Adobe Photoshop provides several methods to flip an image effortlessly. With the Flip Image feature, you can easily achieve the desired flip effect. By selecting the appropriate command or tool, you can instantly flip your image horizontally or vertically.

Flipping an image horizontally creates a mirror effect where the left side becomes the right side, and vice versa. This can be useful for creating reflections or achieving a different perspective in your composition.

Flipping an image vertically, on the other hand, flips it upside down, reversing the top and bottom parts of the image. This technique can be used creatively to add a unique visual impact or to correct the orientation of an image that was scanned or captured in an incorrect position.

In addition to the Flip Image feature, Photoshop provides transformation tools like the Free Transform tool or the Transform command, which allow you to manually flip and rotate images. These tools give you more control over the angle and positioning of the flip, as well as the ability to scale or skew the image if desired.

By exploring the different blending modes and layer styles in Photoshop, you can further enhance the flipped image and create interesting effects. Applying adjustments like color corrections, filters, or layer masks can also contribute to the overall impact and aesthetics of the flipped image.

Remember to save your original image before performing any flips or modifications, as it allows you to preserve the integrity of your original file and make further adjustments if needed.

Adobe Photoshop offers multiple methods to flip images, giving you the flexibility to mirror or reverse them horizontally or vertically. Whether you need to create symmetrical compositions, correct image orientation, or add artistic effects, Photoshop provides the necessary tools and features to achieve the desired flip effect.

In today’s Photoshop tutorial, we will see how to Flip Image in Photoshop. Also, you will learn how to Rotate Image in Photoshop. To rotate or flip an image/layer is a basic Photoshop skill. Flipping an image also helps in creating a mirror image that we will learn in the next tutorial.

By flipping or rotating an image, you can change the directions of objects in the image. You can turn an image upside down or rotate it to any specified angle. This Photoshop skill will be useful for you while editing photos, creating mandalas, or in photo manipulation.

Let’s begin with the free online Photoshop tutorial. Launch Adobe Photoshop and open an image in the document area.

At first, you will learn to Flip Image in Photoshop and secondly, we will see how to Rotate images in Photoshop.

Flip Image in Photoshop

In this part of the tutorial, you will learn in detail How to Flip Image in Photoshop.

Flip Image in Photoshop

Follow the below-mentioned step-by-step process-

Step 1

The image we have opened will appear as the Background Layer in the Layers Panel, and the layer will be selected by default. By default, the Background Layer is locked in Layers Panel. So, to edit the image, we have to first unlock the layer.

To unlock the layer, click on the padlock icon and the layer will get unlocked.

Unlock the background layer
Flip Image in Photoshop

Step 2

To flip the image, go to Edit in the Menu Bar. Place/Hover the cursor on Transform and select Flip Horizontal. This will flip the image horizontally.

Select Flip Horizontal
Flip Image in Photoshop

Step 3

If you want to flip the image vertically, then select Flip Vertical.

Select Flip Vertical
Flip Image in Photoshop

So, this is how you can Flip Image in Photoshop.

Now, in the next part of the tutorial, you will learn to Rotate Image in Photoshop.

Rotate Image in Photoshop

In Photoshop, you can either rotate an image or a canvas. Image Rotation will rotate the whole canvas, and Transform will only rotate the image. Let’s see in the below steps how we can use Image Rotation and Transform in Photoshop.

Rotate Image in Photoshop

Step 1

Select the image layer which you want to rotate and click on Edit in Menu Bar. Hover the cursor on Transform and select Rotate 900 Clockwise.

Select Rotate 90 degrees Clockwise
Rotate the image

You can see in the above image, only the image has rotated to 90 degrees, not the canvas.

Step 2

If you want to rotate the canvas along with the image, then go to Image in the Menu Bar. Place the cursor on Image Rotation and select 900 Clockwise. There are other options also in the sub-menu. You can also rotate the image to 180 degrees, 90 degrees Counter-Clockwise, or any other degree by selecting Arbitrary.

Select 90 degree Clockwise
Rotate image in Photoshop

Step 3

If you want to rotate the image to a specific degree, then click on Arbitrary. Rotate Canvas dialogue box will appear on the document area. Enter the value in Angle, then select Clockwise or Counter-Clockwise. Click OK after making the required changes.

Select Arbitrary
Rotate Canvas dialogue box
Rotate the image

This is how you can Rotate Image, Layer, or Canvas in Photoshop.

So, you have learned How to Flip Images in Photoshop and How to Rotate Images in Photoshop.

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