One of the latest and greatest from the Adobe Creative Cloud community is Spark. It’s a helpful tool for anyone looking to create better social media graphics.
While editing photos in Spark, you might need to flip an image to make sure it’s oriented in your graphics layout correctly. Here’s a quick guide on how to flip an image using Adobe Express.
Getting Started with Adobe Express
Graphic designers default to apps like Photoshop and Illustrator where they can quickly make changes to images that result in print-ready masterpieces. But Adobe Express is comparable in its ability to create market-ready graphics for your audience.
There’s a bit of a learning curve since the interface is set up for social media and web page design, but it’s simple once you get started. Change the orientation of images easily using the main graphics toolbar.
Note that once you flip an image in Adobe Express it won’t change its original file. You’ll have to use editing software like Photoshop if you want the original image permanently changed.
You can use Adobe Creative Cloud Express but need to ‘Save As’ to maintain the image’s new orientation.
How to Flip an Image
The first step to flip an image using Adobe Express is to upload your image to Spark Post. This is the area you use to create new graphic content in Spark.
The photo opens on the right-hand side of the viewing window. You’ll notice three separate tools in the left-hand toolbar.
Scale, Rotate, and Flip. The Scale feature appears first with a sliding toolbar next to it.
This is the tool you use to make your image larger and smaller. Slide it from left to right to watch your image grow or shrink in size.
The second option below Scale is Rotate. Again, the sliding bar allows you to spin the image around on a y-axis. This feature is helpful for times when you need to correct the horizon or change the eye line of your subject.
The Rotate feature works well with the Flip function. Flip always changes the orientation of everything in the photo. It helps you use templates better since you can control where the weight of the photo is located.
For example, if your photo is composed using a golden ratio, the subject is located in the lower third of the image. You can swap the subject to the opposite end of the photo so that text or a logo can appear with ease.
To flip an image, click the double triangle icon. There’s an option to flip horizontally or flip vertically depending on where you need your subject to end up in the frame.
Adjust the rotation is the balance photo is thrown off by making the image flip.
Editing Software Like Photoshop
Adobe Express doesn’t get nearly enough credit. It’s a fantastic tool for marketers and entrepreneurs to quickly create content without an extensive background in graphic design.
Think of it as the iMovie of graphic design. You can flip an image using a few plug-and-play options without the need for long tutorials to help you get started.
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