Jan 22, 2010

Design Tip: Mirror Images

When I mirror an image, either in Photoshop or Illustrator, it is usually to help fit another element into the design. It is extremely useful when adding other images or to help balance out text. It is also very simple to do and you can get the hang of it quickly.

I found an image today [from "http://magento-themes.joomlart.com/jm_mesolite/"] that has been altered and mirrored. It may be because the site graphics person is concerned about copy write infringements or perhaps it was over looked for another purpose.

The image was simply flipped horizontally. This can be done through the 'Free Transform' mode. To use the 'Free Transform', from the menu, choose 'Edit', 'Free Transform' or use the hotkey "Ctrl-T." While you are in transform mode, left click and select the 'Flip Horizontal' option. After you are finished, check to make sure text or other items that belong on certain sides is correct. In this case, the Macintosh symbol was flipped.

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