5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 11, 2006 10:32 AM by Old Toad
APZ Level 1 (0 points)
Could someone please tell me how to mirror image a photo in iPhoto 6??


Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • JMEH Level 4 (2,470 points)
    Hi APZ,

    Sorry to say but that cannot be done in iPhoto. You will need to purchase or download an image edting software orf your choice. A good place to start is cnet.com


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  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,482 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. If it for using in a book Control-click on the photo in the book and select the Mirror Image option. The effect, however, only takes effect in the book.

    For use outside the book or iPhoto you'll need to use a 3rd party application. There's a Contextual Menu application, Quickview, which will let you flip the file horizontally and then save as a new file. You can fine it at VersionTracker.com.
    Do you Twango?

    TIP: For insurance against the iPhoto database corruption that many users have experienced I recommend making a backup copy of the Library6.iPhoto database file and keep it current. If problems crop up where iPhoto suddenly can't see any photos or thinks there are no photos in the library, replacing the working Library6.iPhoto file with the backup will often get the library back. By keeping it current I mean backup after each import and/or any serious editing or work on books, slideshows, calendars, cards, etc. That insures that if a problem pops up and you do need to replace the database file, you'll retain all those efforts. It doesn't take long to make the backup and it's good insurance.
  • APZ Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks to you both.

  • succabone Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having the same problem. For a variety of reasons, I have a large number of "backward" photos in iPhoto, which I would like to correct. I learned from a "tip" through MacWorld that this can be done through Preview and Grab.

    One of the problems is, however, that I can't seem to save it to the degree that I can then transfer the corrected photo back to iPhoto. Also, I need help with "grabbing" the entire photo -- not sure how to do that either.

    One of the tips suggested software called SnapnDrag. Do you know if that's any good?

    Thanks for any help.

    imac g5   Mac OS X (10.4.8)  
  • Old Toad Level 10 (135,482 points)

    Welcome to the Apple Discussions. When using Preview to flip a photo horizontally and then doing a Save As it only adds a tag to the file telling applications that can read that tag to display it flipped. The actual file is not flipped so will show that way in applications that don't read that tag like Safari.

    You'll need a 3rd party editor. There's a couple of free editors, Seashore and Poster Paint that will do the trick. You can set it up as the editor to use when you double click on a thumbnail in iPhoto (in iPhoto's General Preferences pane). You'll just double click on the thumbnail, flip the file horizontally in the editor and save. Poster Paint is the easiest to use for this particular edit. You can find it at Version Tracker.com.

    Using 2 Image Editors in iPhoto
    If you want to use both iPhoto's editing mode and Poster Paint without having to go back and forth to the Preference pane, once you've selected Poster Paint as your editor of choice, reset the Preferences back to "Open in main window". Then when you Control-click on an image, the drop down menu will allow you to edit in your "selected external editor".