How to flip images {the easy way}

how to invert images in paint I use a lot of iron on transfers for projects here as well as the ones I do over on Graphics Fairy DIY. I often get emails and questions about the easiest way to flip an image – and it’s so easy that you probably already know how… but I thought I’d share just in case.

how to invert images for transfers It’s seriously one step – dead simple – and you can do it in about 3 seconds. First open your image in Paint. I use Paint a lot because it’s free…. I like free.

how to invert an image Then click the little split triangle box, the one next to my big, red arrow. It will give you a drop down box, choose FLIP HORIZONTAL.

easy way to invert images Save your image and you’re done! See, I told you it was easy 🙂 Sometimes in our
“make everything more difficult” world, we tend to overlook the simple things.

Now go forth and transfer!


About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Thanks for that tip Gina! I like free too.

  2. Awesome tip! Thanks so much Gina!

  3. Thank you!I didnt know that.Nice!Nice!

  4. Well, you have certainly helped this not-so-techy person out this morning. I had NO IDEA how to do this. You are on my brand new BFF list! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! xo Diana

  5. Maybe lots of people already knew how to do this, but I surely didn’t! Thank you for explaining it.

    Now, I need to find out more about Paint!

  6. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Thanks Gina.

  8. I am going to try this, usually I just flip it when I am printing it out by clicking on t-shirt transfer in the printer options but it prints pretty slow.

  9. Would you happen be willing to post the link for Paint…I do not have it on my computer and when I went to download it I keep finding it only with other software I do not want. Cannot wait to give this a try. What I do now is about 10x’s longer then this…cannot wait to give it a try.
    Thanks Carol

  10. Thanks, Gina. So simple, but if ya don’t know how…….well, it’s not. 😎

  11. THanks so much, I haven’t figured out how to flip the words on my printer, looked at book but no savy. I’ll love to have that link to Paint myself without alot of other stuff don’t want. You are a peach for educating us. Made me feel better to see other people didn’t know how either. I have an HP Photosmart D110, most likely there’s a very simple way to reverse words but I’ve yet to understand it. DUH, LOL!

  12. It sounds so simple – maybe i can figure it out so far I have gone a long way around to get to my nose! Thanks!

  13. OK, check out my time. I left my comment above, went to Graphics Fairy to download the hand holding the ad for rubber stamps. Opened my Microsoft Word, chose to insert a picture from a file, finally found that teeny little symbol, reversed it AND put a black frame around it, printed out a copy, closed down Word, left Graphics Fairy, came back here to post HOW EASY THIS IS! I am screaming with joy!!!

  14. This couldn’t have been more timely! I wanted to use a Graphics Fairy graphic on a totebag for a friend’s b-day present, but had no idea how to flip it. Thanks, Gina!

    Carolina Country Living

  15. you are an angel! I knew this was easy but because I am a total computer idiot, I had no idea where to even begin. Thank you so much for the very easy tutorial!

  16. Thanks for the tip. I didn’t know you could do that.

  17. Thank you. Finally someone told me!!!

  18. Thanks! Sometimes the simple tips we think everyone knows are really appreciated by those of us who haven’t figured it out yet.


  19. Thank you for this great tip on flipping a transfer–I appreciate you sharing it with us.

  20. I have an iPad . What is the app I need to download to get paint. I’m making something for my new grandson. When I found this , I was so happy. Please feel me how to do this on my iPad .
    Thank you

  21. Thank you so much…this was very accurate, very easy and it really worked!

  22. Beth jones says:

    Hello I’m starting my own little business don’t image transfers onto wood etc and I’m stuck when it gets to different fonts I only have the basic fonts in word and wondering how I get different ones like yours? Could you please help?

    Many thanks

  23. Vickie Bast says:

    Thank you so much for the tip! Just in time for a big project with several transfers with text. Helpful and free…what a fabulous combination!

Speak Your Mind