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How to Mirror Image Text in Adobe Illustrator

Updated July 19, 2017

Adobe Illustrator is a vector graphics program that allows you to work with graphics as a series of points and lines that come together to form shapes and images. Vector graphics can be scaled and manipulated without losing image quality. With Adobe Illustrator you can easily mirror any image or text object using the Reflect command. Objects can mirror along a vertical axis, horizontal axis or on along a custom angle that you define.

Open Adobe Illustrator and start a new document by choosing "Web" or "Print" from the start up screen.

Click the "Text Tool" in the palette on the left.

Click in the blank work area and type a string of text you want to mirror.

Click the "Arrow" selection tool in the upper left of the tool palette.

Double click the text object you just created, hold down the mouse button and drag over the text to select it.

Go to the "Type" menu and use the "Font" and "Size" commands to adjust the typeface to the style you desire.

Click outside the text to remove the selection.

Click the Arrow selection tool on the text object once to select it as an object instead of text as before.

Go to the "Edit" menu and choose "Copy", then choose "Paste In Front". A duplicate of your text object now lies directly on top of the original.

Go to the "Object" menu and choose Transform-->Reflect...

Click the button next to "Horizontal" in the "Reflect" dialogue box and click OK. A mirror image of your text is now located below the original.

Create another text object following the steps in the first section or duplicate your original text object and move it to a free area of the workspace.

Click the "Arrow" selection tool and click on the text object once to select it.

Go to the "Edit" menu and choose "Copy", then choose "Paste In Front".

Go to the "Object" menu and choose Transform-->Reflect...

Click the button next to "Vertical" in the "Reflect" dialogue box and click OK. A mirror image of your text is now located to the left of the original, beginning with the first letter.

Create another text object following the steps in the first section or duplicate one of your other text objects and move it to a free area of the workspace.

Click the "Arrow" selection tool and click on the text object once to select it.

Go to the "Edit" menu and choose "Copy", then choose "Paste In Front".

Go to the "Object" menu and choose Transform-->Transform Each...

Click the button next to "Reflect X" in the "Transform Each" dialogue box and click OK. A mirror image of your text is now located to the right of the original, beginning with the last letter.

Tip

If your text is grouped with an object that you mirror, the text will be mirrored, too. Use the "Direct Select" tool if you want to mirror only one portion of a grouped object.

Things You'll Need

  • Adobe Illustrator
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About the Author

Katelyn Kelley worked in information technology as a computing and communications consultant and web manager for 15 years before becoming a freelance writer in 2003. She specializes in instructional and technical writing in the areas of computers, gaming and crafts. Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and computer science from Boston College.