Flip Layer Contents Vertical or Horizontal

Flip Layer Contents Vertical or Horizontal

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Flip Layer Contents Vertical or Horizontal in Photoshop



Occasionally you may need to flip an image or the contents of a layer either horizontally or vertically.

The solution resides in the Edit menu and can be used to instantly flip your object.


Step One

Open a new 1,024 pixel x 1,024 pixel document with a white background in Photoshop (File > New).

Step Two

Using the Text tool (t key), add the letter F to the document.

Step Three

With the Text layer selected, press Cmd/j (PC - Ctrl/j) to duplicate the layer.

Step Four

Select the top layer, click the Move tool (v key), then drag the second F to the right of the original F.

Step Five

To flip the second F in the horizontal direction, choose Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal.

Step Six

To create a vertical flip, we'll first need to create a new layer that contains both of the letters. Turn off the Background layer visibility. Select the top layer and press Cmd/Opt/Shift/n (PC - Ctrl/Alt/Shift/n), then Cmd/Opt/Shift/e (PC - Ctrl/Alt/Shift/e).

Step Seven

With the top layer selected, click the Move tool (v key) and drag the new objects below the original two letters.

Step Eight

Choose Edit > Transform > Flip Vertical. Both letters now mirror the top two letters.

Possible Applications

Starting with one object, then creating a flipped duplicate can be used to replace an eye, create a reflection, build a mirror or create a forward casting shadow.


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