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 1Flipping the Entire Canvas
1This process will flip the entire image. Your canvas is simply everything you see inside the dark-gray border surrounding the image in Photoshop.
2This 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.
3This 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.
4For 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.
Part 2Flipping Individual Elements
1You 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.
2This 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
3At the bottom of the menu are the options to "Flip Horizontally" or "Flip Vertically." 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.
4Once 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.