Flip, rotate, mirror designs and patterns in Photoshop

Flip, Rotate and Mirror Designs and Patterns in Photoshop

Learn how to flip, mirror and rotate a single image in Photoshop to create fun and interesting designs and patterns. And, how to create unique looks for the effect by experimenting with Photoshop's layer blend modes!

Written by Steve Patterson.

In a previous photo effects tutorial, we learned how to create a simple mirror effect in Photoshop by flipping one side of an image horizontally to create a reflection of the other side. In this tutorial, we'll take the same basic idea and go much further with it, creating interesting effects, designs and patterns simply by flipping, rotating and mirroring the same image over and over again! We'll also experiment with Photoshop's layer blend modes to see how different blend modes can dramatically change our results.

I'll be using Photoshop CC here but everything we'll be doing is fully compatible with Photoshop CS6 and with earlier versions of Photoshop.

To follow along, you can use any image you like, but you'll often get the best results if the image contains lots of detail. Here's the photo I'll be using (flowers photo from Adobe Stock):

Beautiful flowers. Image 78245864 licensed from Adobe Stock
The original image. Photo credit: Adobe Stock.

And here's just one example of the type of design we can create from it in just a few easy steps. We'll see other examples as we go along. Every photo will give you unique results, so once you know how to create the effect, give it a try with different types of images to see what you can come up with:

The final pattern design created from a single image in Photoshop.
One possible design. Your results will depend on your photo and the blend modes you choose.