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How to Flip an Image in Adobe Photoshop

Whether you’re looking to fix your mirror selfies or you just want a flipped version of an image, Adobe Photoshop makes it easy to flip images, both horizontally and vertically. We’ll show you how to do it.

With Photoshop, you can flip your entire images, entire layers, or select areas on your photo. You can flip horizontally as well as vertically in all these cases.

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How to Flip an Entire Image in Photoshop

First, on your Windows or Mac computer, open the folder that has the photo you want to flip. Right-click this photo and select Open With > Adobe Photoshop to open the photo in Photoshop.

Right-click a photo in file manager and select Open With > Adobe Photoshop.

Your photo will appear on Photoshop’s main interface.

A photo on Photoshop's main interface.

To view the available flip photos, in Photoshop’s menu bar, click “Image” and then hover over the “Image Rotation” option.

Click Image > Image Rotation in Photoshop.

In the “Image Rotation” menu, click “Flip Canvas Horizontal” to flip your photo horizontally, or click “Flip Canvas Vertical” to flip your photo vertically.

To fix a mirrored selfie, choose the “Flip Canvas Horizontal” option.

Select a flip option in the "Image Rotation" menu in Photoshop.

And that’s it. Photoshop has flipped your photo.

Tip: To unflip your photo, press Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac).

A flipped photo in Photoshop.

Before you close Photoshop, make sure to save your flipped photo. To do so, click File > Save As in Photoshop’s menu bar.

Click File > Save As in Photoshop.

You’re now ready to share your fixed photo anywhere you want.

How to Flip a Specific Part of Your Photo in Photoshop

If you only want to flip a specific area in your photo and not the entire photo, use Photoshop’s selection tools to select your area, and then flip that area.

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To do so, in Photoshop’s left sidebar, click the “Rectangular Marquee Tool” or “Elliptical Marquee Tool,” depending on how you want to select the area in your photo.

Activate a selection tool in Photoshop.

When the tool is selected, use your mouse or trackpad to select the area that you want to flip on your photo.

Select the area to flip on a photo in Photoshop.

Once you’ve made a selection, in Photoshop’s menu bar, click “Edit” and then hover over the “Transform” option.

From the “Transform” menu, select “Flip Horizontal” to flip the selected area horizontally, or select “Flip Vertical” to flip the selected area vertically.

Select a flip option from the "Transform" menu in Photoshop.

You’ll see Photoshop has flipped the chosen part of your photo.

A photo with a flipped area in Photoshop.

And that’s how you flip certain parts of your photos in Photoshop!

How to Flip a Layer in Photoshop

To flip the contents of a specific layer in Photoshop, you just have to select that layer and then choose a flip option.

To do that, in the “Layers” panel on the right of Photoshop, select the layer you want to flip.

If there’s a lock icon next to your layer, then select your layer and click the lock icon at the top of the “Layers” panel. This will unlock your layer so you can flip it.

In Photoshop’s menu bar, click “Edit” and then hover over the “Transform” option. From the “Transform” menu, select “Flip Horizontal” to flip your layer horizontally, or select “Flip Vertical” to flip your layer vertically.

Choose a flip option from the "Transform" menu in Photoshop.

Photoshop will flip the contents of your selected layer, leaving everything else as is.

A flipped layer in Photoshop.

And that’s how you go about flipping your images using various options in Photoshop. Very useful!


Are you on an iPhone, iPad, or Android phone and are looking to flip images? If so, there are ways to flip photos right on your device itself; you don’t need a desktop to do it!

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