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Making a Picture
the Same on Both Sides

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Just get one side right, then copy, flip and paste

lop-sided wine glassHere I've tried to draw a wine glass, and it's come out seriously lop-sided.

select half of the wine glass and drag it awayI've zoomed in and used the pencil, tried to change the curves—all sorts—but if anything it's worse than when I started.

Using the Rectangular Selection tool, I select one half of the wineglass and drag it away from the other half.

When it's well away from the other half, I press the Ctrl key and keep dragging to make a copy.


copy the selected partselect the left copy

Click away to cancel the selection.

Now make a selection marquee around the copy on the left.


Go up to the Image menu and click on Flip/Rotate.image menu

flip-rotate menu


In the Flip/Rotate dialogue, you'll see that the option checked is Flip Horizontal, so just click OK.

Now you have two half wine glasses.

two half wine glsses

transparency option

Double check to be certain that the Transparency option is selected, then carefully drag the flipped image towards its other half until they meet.

much betterThe result is that you now have a wine glass that, while not exactly a thing of beauty, is at least symmetrical.

You can use this technique on just about anything: teacups—but add the handle later—furniture, windows and doorways, eyes—but add the iris and pupil later or the drawn face will look odd—anything at all that should be the same on both sides.


You can see that the first two drawings here have been made with exactly the method descibed above, while the two on the right involved a little more work after the flipping had been done.

Another example of the use of flipping half of an image is Making Faces.


Other Pictures, Problems and Procedures


Questions or comments? I'd love to hear from you, especially if you have helpful suggestions regarding any one of this set of pages. They were begun in response to some reader questions and I've arrived at solutions through trial and error. As I went over the exercises and tried to follow my own instructions, I several times saw a quicker or easier way to do something and it's likely that readers may still see some better solutions.
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