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Flipping Images in Word 2010 #1: Making Mirror Image of text or Photo in Word to transfer to wood

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Blog entry by Jim Jakosh posted 11-05-2017 01:08 AM 9817 reads 4 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a follow up to Joe Lyddon’s forum topic about transferring images to wood: http://lumberjocks.com/topics/244825

Thanks to persistent help from Rob Castle, I finally found out how to do it on Word 2010 on my computer.
This is needed so the image or text is a mirror image of the way you want it to be transferred so it will be the right way when you view it.

In MS Word 2010, :
click on INSERT
Click on WORDART
Click on the top left A ( or anyone will work I think) a text box will appear.
Type in your text and arrange it for size, color and font the way you want to print it.
click on SHAPE EFFECTS
Select 3D ROTATION ( on the bottom) and you get a bunch of objects in all different orientations
Click on 3D ROTATION OPTIONS (on the bottom)
You’ll see a box to fill in the degrees of rotation in all 3 axis’
Put 180 degrees in the X axis and hit enter
Your text will be a mirror image and you can print it to use for the transfer to wood!!!!!!!!!

I tried with by inserting a picture first from my album and then I went through the above procedure with the text above the picture and flipping it and it work okay but the photo did not flip.

Rob, thank you very much for being patient with this non computer guy in Michigan.

Cheers, mate…...............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!



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BobWemm

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#1 posted 11-05-2017 03:21 AM

Hi Jim,
That’s really good you figured that out with the help of Rob.
As I read the post I wondered if this computer challenged bloke could do the same on my 2007 version.
I achieved the 3D word effect and then tried the photo thing. That also worked easily for me. Clicked and inserted the photo. clicked “Rotate 90 twice and then flip horizontially, or was it vertically????? and the photo was upside down and back to front.
So, Thank you, I too, wondered how to achieve this.
Now I can do it.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 11-05-2017 03:32 AM

Jim … I just added a comment to Joe’s original posting on 3 ways to mirror images using a MAC. If you have a PC I can’t help you.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 11-05-2017 04:57 AM

I do not have Word…

I do have…

Adobe Photoshop Elements 12 … for PC:
1. File Select the Picture you want to Print… Flipped.
2. File “Print”
3. “More Options” bottom of screen.
4. “Iron-on Image” Upper Right of screen.
5. Check “Flip Image”
6. “OK”
7. Handle any other options you need…
8. “Print” (it prints)

It works!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 11-05-2017 05:11 AM

Good work Jim,

But the credit lies with my Son Daniel sorting it out via Skype

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 11-05-2017 08:30 AM

Hi Jim, If you want to flip a photo in Word, here is a simple method.
First, insert 2 copies above each other on your page, then left click once on one of the copies to get the “handles” displayed as shown here on the lower photo.

Next, grab the handle in the middle of the right hand edge of the photo, and drag it to the left. You will see the photo shrink horizontally, but keep going and you will see that the photo will start to become reversed and wider.

Here is where the second copy of the photo comes in. Compare the right edges of the 2 photos as you make the reversed image wider, and let go when the widths match. Your reversed photo will now be correctly proportioned.

Finally, delete the extra copy of the original photo. Then, if you need to change the size of the reversed photo, right click on it once, and use a corner handle to resize the photo while maintaining the correct height to width ratio.
If you need to keep a copy, save the Word page that you just reversed the image on.
Hope this is of use.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 11-05-2017 01:42 PM

Hey, guys, this is a good brainstorming session. I learned a lot from Rob and now I’ll have to try your method, John. I had an image on there and pulled it all over the place but never tried to reduce it to zero sideways and keep going to the negative. I will certainly try that.
I did get to a rotation box in one other screen and it had flip choices but flip horizontally did not work.

Thank you all for your input. I’ll bet this will be helpful to many of the LJ’s

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 11-05-2017 02:34 PM

Thanks guys for all this instruction. I’ve got a project coming up and this is really going to be helpful.

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#8 posted 11-05-2017 03:13 PM

Computers… Don’t you just love ‘em!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 11-05-2017 04:20 PM

Hi Bob. I’m glad this can help you. Follow John’s instruction on grabbing the left handle and taking it way to the right past the right handle and the image flips so EASY! Thanks John!!!!!!!!!!

Hi Lew, the computer drives me nuts!!...but I gotta have it!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 11-06-2017 12:32 AM



Hi Jim, If you want to flip a photo in Word, here is a simple method.
First, insert 2 copies above each other on your page, then left click once on one of the copies to get the “handles” displayed as shown here on the lower photo.

Next, grab the handle in the middle of the right hand edge of the photo, and drag it to the left. You will see the photo shrink horizontally, but keep going and you will see that the photo will start to become reversed and wider.

Here is where the second copy of the photo comes in. Compare the right edges of the 2 photos as you make the reversed image wider, and let go when the widths match. Your reversed photo will now be correctly proportioned.

Finally, delete the extra copy of the original photo. Then, if you need to change the size of the reversed photo, right click on it once, and use a corner handle to resize the photo while maintaining the correct height to width ratio.
If you need to keep a copy, save the Word page that you just reversed the image on.
Hope this is of use.

- Druid

What a GREAT, SIMPLE, Awesome, solution, to what seemed to be a very difficult problem!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 11-06-2017 12:46 AM

I tried it and it works!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Druid

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#12 posted 11-06-2017 10:00 AM

Glad that this was helpful.
Have a great day.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 11-06-2017 03:20 PM

Hi John. I’m glad you read the post and commented. It surely is the easiest way!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Grumpy

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#14 posted 11-08-2017 11:53 PM

Thanks Jim. I do the laser printing but I like some of those other results.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 11-09-2017 01:59 AM

Hi Tony. I have an HP office jet printer with an ink cartridge and I have tried this with half way good results. I’m still experimenting with the coating and the timing. I think the Poly soaked into the wood in a lot of the spots so I’m gong to lacquer a board, then put the poly on and try it.
This opens up a whole new way of lettering project if I get it to work good.
cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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