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Photo Editing

How to Mirror or Flip a Photo

May 11, 2021 · 3 minutes read
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There are endless ways you can edit your photos, but one of the most fun ones is mirroring. Mirroring a photo lets you add reflection effects on either axis, creating a duplicate reversed image. You can also use mirroring to create a subtle kaleidoscopic effect in your photos, giving them that psychedelic, cool vibe. Many of us don’t know that there are many more ways you can mirror your images, so in this article, we’ll tell you how to do it, and what the best strategies are.

How To Mirror or Flip a Photo

Lots of photo editing apps give you the capability to mirror your photo, but only the YouCam Perfect Mirror editing tool gives you multiple mirroring options to accentuate your image. Here's how to get started:

  • First, download the app for either iOS or Android.
  • Once you’ve got it downloaded, upload the photo you’d like to edit.
  • Then, tap “Edit” on the bottom of your screen, and tap again on “Tools.”
  • Once the “Tool” options come up, tap on “Mirror.” Here, you’ll find 10+ mirroring photo effects, from the traditional horizontal and vertical flips to the multi-photo mirrors.
You can experiment with the many options available in the app, and keep adjusting until you find the look you love! If you’re unsure which mirror effects are best for your photo, don’t worry.

    In the next section, we’ll talk about the best ways to mirror an image and how it will affect your image afterward.

    Best Ways To Mirror a Photo

    The most common way of mirroring a photo is the well-known horizontal flip. With this edit, you’re flipping the image from left to right. This effect works especially well for selfies and portraits, as it ends up looking like the subject is looking back at themselves, or away from themselves in the opposite direction.

    Don’t just stop at portraits though! If you have a photo with a unique shape or accent on one side, using the horizontal flip can make it appear larger than life, thereby adding another layer of visual stimulation to your photo.

    #1. Horizon Mirror Photo Effect

    Consider having your subject hold a large leaf or bouquet that will then be magnified with the mirroring effect. You can choose from two different options in the YouCam Perfect app — mirroring left to right or mirroring right to left. You can even add bold color filters to the photo, giving each side of the mirror image a unique look and feel.

    Although the classic horizontal and vertical mirroring techniques are great for photos, you might be tempted to try other unique options offered on the YouCam Perfect app.

    Try going the non-traditional route using the double flip mirrored effect, which mirrors your original photo, both horizontal and vertical on each point. This creates a wildly unique outcome that will have all your followers wondering how you achieved a prismatic image. If the double flip mirrored edit doesn’t fit with your photo, try one of the app's mirror effects to create new and unique images.

    If you aren’t sure which effect to try, no problem! We suggest tapping through each one to see which looks the most visually appealing for your image. Remember, you can always crop part of your image out before mirroring to make it a bit crisper, or you can use the app’s “Offset” feature if you want to only focus on a particular area of the original photo. The possibilities are endless!

    #2. Vertical Mirror Photo Effect

    Another popular mirroring option is the vertical flip.

    Here, you’re flipping the image from top to bottom, a strategy that works very well with landscape photos. This mirroring effect creates a water-like end product as if you saw a reflection of your photo on water.

    #3. Architecture Mirror Photo Effect

    This flip technique is also great to use when editing a bold architecture photo.

    If a unique building or structure looks great in a regular photo, adding a horizontal mirror effect on it will make it pop. Just as with the horizontal flip, you can choose from two mirror flips — top to bottom, or bottom to top.

    With YouCam Perfect, all of the above mirroring options and more are at your fingertips! With 10+ mirroring effects and various color patterns, creating your next mirror masterpiece is as easy as ever.

    For instance, users can cut their images into quarters and flip their selfies in multiple directions. There are so many ways to express your creativity!

    Furthermore, users can play around with their selfies using YouCam Perfect’s mirror tools, as well as add magic brush to selfies for an extra dose of fun.

    Do More Creative Mirror Image Effects With YouCam Perfect Photo Editor

    Editing your photos with a mirrored effect is something most of us are already familiar with, but the number of options available for you to use for free within the YouCam Perfect app is sure to take your image to an entirely different level. Now that you know how to mirror a photo, download YouCam Perfect for iOS or Android to get started on your image creation!

    Download YouCam Perfect

    Want to get more photo editing tips and tricks? Subscribe to the YouCam Perfect YouTube channel, and follow us on Instagram for creative editing ideas and awesome selfie tips!

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