How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop


If you're a graphic artist, designer, publisher, or photographer, there may come a time when it suits your need to flip an image. Photoshop makes this incredibly easy, whether you're flipping the whole image or just a small part of it.

Part 1
Flipping the Entire Canvas

Flipping the Entire Canvas on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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This process will flip the entire image. Your canvas is simply everything you see inside the dark-gray border surrounding the image in Photoshop.

Flipping the Entire Canvas on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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This flips the image across an imaginary line running from the top of the canvas to the bottom. Go to Image → Image Rotation → Flip Canvas Horizontal.

Flipping the Entire Canvas on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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This flips the image across an imaginary line running from the left of the canvas to the right. Go to Image → Image Rotation → Flip Canvas Vertical.

Flipping the Entire Canvas on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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For example, older versions have "Rotate," not "Image Rotation." Still, the text is close enough that it shouldn't cause major confusion. If you're stuck, click "Help" from the top bar and type in "Flip." It should bring you right towards the option you need.[1]

Part 2
Flipping Individual Elements

Flipping Individual Elements on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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You can either flip the entire canvas or individual layers, so isolate whatever you wanted to flip into its own layer. If it already is, simply select the layer in the layers panel.

Flipping Individual Elements on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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This puts a box around the element that allows you to rotate, stretch, shrink, and twist the image. To get to free transform, you can: Select "Edit" from the top bar, then "Free Transform." With the right layer selected, press Ctrl+T for PCs or ⌘ Cmd+T

Flipping Individual Elements on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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At the bottom of the menu are the options to "Flip Horizontally" or "Flip Vertically."[2] Choose the one you want to flip the image: Horizontal flips switch the right and left side of the image. Vertical flips switch the top and bottom of the image.

Flipping Individual Elements on How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

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Once you're happy with the transformation, you can hit enter to set the image how you've edited it. You can also double-click inside the transformation box to end it.