5 Easy Steps To Make Mirror Image Effect Using Photoshop

In today's tutorial, I will show you the easy way to make a mirror image using Photoshop. I used Adobe Photoshop CS6 for this but I think you can also follow along the steps using the earlier versions.

To get the effect as I will show, you only need one photo to practice with.

This tutorial will also guide you only in 5 easy steps, but keep in mind that step like opening image in PS will not be mentioned as one step and other minor steps or will be just combine them into one. At the end of the steps, you will find that you only have 2 layers, if not, you can tell me in comment below about the different count of layers.

Let me show you the way I made it.

1. Increase the canvas size

If you have opened your image in Photoshop, double click on the background layer to make it more editable. Then, go to Image - Canvas Size or simply use the Alt + Ctrl + C as the shortcut key to open the canvas size settings.

Inside the canvas size's dialog box, change the unit to percent and set the width of canvas to 50 %. Leave the height as 0 and check the Relative box, then click on the middle-left of the Anchor boxes as the command to Photoshop to add the size of width you have set before (extra space) to the right.

2. Transform the image

Duplicate the first layer by press Ctrl + J and rename it as "Flip". In this second steps, I'll be transforming the image. To do that, press Ctrl + T on your keyboard and right click on the image on your canvas (not the layer) and choose Flip Horizontal to mirroring the image to the other side.

3. Define the mid-point of mirror image

To determine which middle point for your mirror image, set the blend mode of flip layer to Lighten and use the Move Tool (V) or arrow key on your keyboard to move the image to the right. Changing the blend mode will blend or overlay both images to help you find the mid-point. If you are practicing with another image, feel free to play around with the layer blend mode.

If you have found the center point, make a guide by click on the vertical ruler tool (commonly located beside the toolbar) and drop it in the middle of point you just defined.
Don't forget to change the blend mode to Normal since you now have seen the mid-point.

4. Make selection to remove part of image

This is the last 2 steps you need to do which is delete part of image inside the flip layer to get the mirror effect. On step 3 above, you have made guide to help you see the center of both images. You can also use it to limit how far you need to delete the image or pixels to achieve the effect. Let me show you how it's all done.

Go to toolbar and find Rectangular Marquee Tool (M) to make selection to the part of pixels you are going to remove. Drop and drag the tool from top-left corner to the bottom of the guide. Now, you will see there is active selection on the image, right? Simply press Delete on your keyboard to remove the pixels or part of image and then press Ctrl + D to deselect (remove selection).

5. Crop and save

Now, you are completely able to see the final result but you still have the transparent background on the right side of your document. To deal with it, simply press C on your keyboard to activate the Crop Tool or you can also find it on your toolbar.

Crop it by dragging from the center-right to the left until it meet the right side of your picture and press Enter to finish the cropping process.

If you still have the guide on your document, you can simply hide it using Ctrl + H or if you wanna remove it, go to View - Clear Guides. And, done. Now, you can save your work by press Ctrl + Shift + S or go to File - Save As and choose the image types available.

Pretty easy, right?
Beside above steps, you can also watch my video tutorial in Youtube.

Feel free to experiment with other images you have to get the different and various results. You may find some interesting stuffs in there.

Have a question about steps above on how to mirror image in Photoshop? Let me know in comment below. Also, don't forget to share this and check other photo effect tutorials I have been wrote before.

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