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How to Flip an Image Using Paint in Windows 8

Posted by Manish Sharma Articles | Windows 8 September 20, 2012
In this article I have described the way to flip or rotate an image in Windows 8 with the help of Paint.
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Introduction

In this article we will learn a very simple way to flip or rotate an image in our PC running the Windows 8 operating system. This simple task is done using the Microsoft Paint Accessory provided with Windows 8. However sometimes for dynamic representation of an image it is necessary to flip or rotate an image either horizontally or vertically during the uploading of the image. Moreover the Windows 8 Paint Accessory allows us to rotate the image both clockwise and counter-clockwise at 90 degrees or 180 degrees simultaneously.

In this article are instructions including screenshots that show how to perform flip and rotation.

Steps to perform flip and rotation of an image

Step 1

First of all we have to move on the "Start" window screen in Windows 8, as in:

startup-window-in-windows8.jpg

Step 2

Then click on the Desktop icon in the Windows 8 Start screen.

start-desktop-in-windows 8.jpg

Step 3

Then right-click on the image you want to open and select "open with" Paint; see:

select-image-in-windows 8.jpg

Step 4

When you open the image with Paint it looks as in the following:

paint-in-windows 8.jpg

The image opens with Microsoft Paint.

Step 5

Now as we will see, we have the rotate option; click on it and see list of drop down options to rotate and flip with 90 and 180 degrees, as in:

rotate-image-in-windows 8.jpg

Step 6

Let us see what happens when we click on "Rotate 180" degrees, which turns the image counter-clockwise by 180 degrees; see:

rotate-image-by-180-in-windows 8.jpg

Both clockwise and counter-clockwise rotation is possible by selecting either the right or left direction.

Step 7

Now to flip an image for this we have to click on the rotate tab but select "Flip the picture or selection vertically." as in the following screenshot:

flip-image-in-windows 8.jpg

NOTE - We can say Flip image is similar to a mirror image either horizontally or vertically.

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