How to Rotate an Image: The Ultimate Guide

You've just taken an incredible photo, but when you go to look at it, you realize it isn't quite right. For example, you want the image to be taller and less wide, but it's rotated to be very wide and not very tall. Or you want your photo to appear as if it is mirrored. What can you do? There are easy ways to rotate an image or flip it to create a mirror image.

How to rotate an image

Rotating an image means you are turning it 90 degrees at a time. You can rotate it once to turn it only 90 degrees, rotate it twice to turn it 180 degrees, or rotate it a third time to turn it 270 degrees.

On the flip side, if you rotate the image in the opposite direction once, you will achieve the same thing as turning it three times the other way. Here is how to rotate an image.

  1. Hover your mouse over the image, and two buttons with arrows should appear at the bottom.
  2. Select whether you want to rotate the image to the left or right. Either way will work; you will just have to rotate more times depending on how much you want it rotated and which direction you choose.
  3. Click the rotate arrow however many times you need to get the photo to the position you desire.
  4. Once you get the photo where you want it to be, click save.
  5. If you decide you don't want it rotated, click out of the picture window. Then, the next time you open it up, it will be back to how it started.

How to flip an image

When you flip an image, you are creating a mirror image. Think of it like how you see yourself in the mirror. Everything is backward. When you flip an image, you can do it over the horizontal or vertical axis. This means you can flip it so the left and right sides flip or the top and bottom flip.

Here's an example. Let's say you have a triangle that is split in half along the vertical axis. On the right side, your triangle has stripes, and the left side is covered in polka dots. If you flipped this triangle along the vertical axis, the right side would then have polka dots, and the left side would have stripes.

Now, let's say you have a circle that is cut in half along the horizontal axis. The top of the circle is shaded in green, and the bottom of the circle is shaded in blue. If you flipped the circle over the horizontal axis, the top of the circle would be shaded blue, and the bottom of the circle would be green.

Here is how to flip an image.

  1. Open your image.
  2. Click on Edit.
  3. Select either Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical.
  4. If you like what you see, click Save.
  5. If you decide you don't want it that way, click out of the photo viewer. Then, the next time you open the photo, it will be back to normal.


Sometimes when you take or find a photo, it isn't set up quite the way you want it to be. For example, you may want to rotate your image either 90, 180, or 270 degrees to get the viewpoint you want. All you need to do is select the photo and click on the rotate arrows on the bottom. If you wish to flip your photo on either the vertical or horizontal axis, you just have to open your image, select edit, and click either Flip Horizontal or Flip Vertical.

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