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How to Mirror an Image in Photoshop

Last updated: March 13, 2024 - 3 min read
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Creating a mirror image or a reflection can add a unique perspective to your photos, making them more visually appealing. However, achieving this effect might seem challenging if you’re not familiar with photo editing tools like Photoshop. This guide is designed to help you effortlessly mirror an image in Photoshop. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced designer, you’ll find these easy-to-follow steps handy and effective for creating that perfect mirrored effect. Let’s dive into the process.

Step 1. Duplicate the Layer

First things first, let’s create a copy of our image layer. This ensures the original stays intact and we can play around with the duplicate. In the Layer Panel, right-click your image layer and select ‘Duplicate Layer’. A new copy of your layer will appear in the Layers Panel.

Step 2. Open the Transform Tool

Next, we’ll use the Transform Tool to flip our image.

Step 2.1 Through Edit Menu

Go to the ‘Edit’ menu at the top, then choose ‘Transform’ from the dropdown and select ‘Flip Horizontal’ or ‘Flip Vertical’ as per your preference.

Step 2.2 Using Shortcut Keys

For the keyboard savvy, press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac) to activate the Transform Tool. Right-click within the transform box and select the flip option you want.

Step 3. Flip the Image

Now, let’s flip our image.

Step 3.1 Flip Horizontally

Select ‘Flip Horizontal’ to create a mirror image along the vertical axis. The right side becomes the left and vice versa.

Step 3.2 Flip Vertically

If you choose ‘Flip Vertical’, your image is mirrored along the horizontal axis. The top becomes the bottom and the bottom becomes the top.

Step 4. Align the Original and Mirrored Images

It’s time to align our images for the perfect mirror effect.

Step 4.1 Using Move Tool

Select the Move Tool from the toolbar (or press V), click and drag the mirrored layer next to the original one.

Step 4.2 Using Arrow Keys

For precision, use arrow keys to nudge the layer pixel by pixel until perfectly aligned.

Step 5. Merge Layers

We’re nearly done. We just need to merge our layers.

Step 5.1 Using Layer Panel

Select both layers in the Layers Panel. Right-click and choose ‘Merge Layers’ to combine them into one.

Step 5.2 Using Right Click Menu

Alternatively, select both layers, right-click on the image in the workspace and choose ‘Merge Layers’ from the context menu.

Step 6. Apply Final Adjustments

Now for the finishing touches.

Step 6.1 Adjusting Brightness and Contrast

Go to Image > Adjustments > Brightness/Contrast. Play around with the sliders until you’re happy with the look.

Step 6.2 Applying Filters

Why not add a filter? Go to Filter > Filter Gallery and choose one that fits your style. And voila, you’ve mirrored an image in Photoshop!