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Video tutorial on how to mirror images in Photoshop in simple language

Mirror Effect is mostly used in the design of album covers and posters, and creating this effect is much easier than you might think.

 Join us to learn the easiest way to mirror images in Photoshop.

Original photo:


Symmetrical photo:


Step 1: Unlock the background layer

Locking the background layer by default means that no special changes can be made to that layer. Double-click that layer to unlock the background layer.


Then in the page that opens, change the name of that layer (for example, Photo) and then click OK.


Now if you look at the Layers panel, you will notice that changing the name of the background layer unlocks it.


Step 2: Add more space to the photo

To compare the photo, we need more space on both sides of the photo. To do this, go to Image> Canvas Size.


In the page that opens, set the Width and Height values ​​to 100 and 0, respectively. To add equal space to both sides of the photo, make sure the photo is in the center of the frame.


Then click OK to add more space to both sides of the photo.


The photo may not fully open on the Photoshop page due to more space. Follow View> Fit on Screen to resolve this issue.


This will open the photo completely on the Photoshop page.


Step 3: Add a vertical guide to the center of the photo

Follow View> New Guide to add a vertical guide line to the center of the photo.


In the page that opens, select the Vertical option and set the Position value to 50.


Then click OK to display a vertical guide in the middle of the image.


Step 4: Select the Move tool


Step 5: Drag the photo to one side of the guide bar

After selecting the Move tool, hold down the Shift key and then drag the image to the left or right of the guide bar.


Step 6: Select the original photo

Hold Ctrl (on Windows) / Command (on Mac) and then click on the image in the Layers panel.


This selects the original image (not the checkered portion of the image).


Then go to Select> Transform Selection.

Step 7: Drag the left side of the photo to the vertical guide line

Use the Dorta handles around the photo to drag the left side of the photo to the vertical guide line.


Step 8: Copy the selected part of the photo to a new layer

To do this, follow Layer> New> Layer via Copy or use the shortcut key Ctrl + J (on Windows) / Command + J (on Mac).


This will copy the selected part of the photo to a new layer.


Click on the new layer (Layer 1) and rename it to “Mirror”. Then press the Enter / Return key.


Then go to Edit> Free Transform or use the shortcut key Ctrl + T / Command + T.


Step 9: Drag the reference point to the vertical guide line

Following the path above, a reference point is placed in the middle of the image that you must drag toward the vertical guide line.


To do this, click on the reference point icon once and place it on the vertical guide bar.


If the reference point above does not show the reference point in the image, check the first option in the menu at the top of the page.


Step 10: Align the photo horizontally

Right-click on the image and select Flip Horizontal in the menu that opens.


Then click Enter / Return.


Step 11: Clear the guide

To do this, go to View> Clear Guides.


Step 12: Clear the blanks on both sides of the photo

To do this, go to Image> Trim.


In the page that opens, select Transparent Pixels and check all four options below (Top / Bottom / Left / Right)



Then click OK to make your photo symmetrical for Mirror images in Photoshop