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How to Flip iPhone Photo

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Your iPhone will automatically mirror a selfie after you take it. We'll show you how to anti-glare an iPhone selfie.

EnlargeHow to Mirror Your Selfie on iPhone

Taking a decent selfie is already a tough endeavor. However, if you look closely at the snapshot after taking it, you will notice another problem: the photo was automatically mirrored by your iPhone.

If that bothers you, you've come to the right place. We explain why the iPhone mirrors your selfie, how to take a selfie that isn't mirrored, and how to anti-glare an already mirrored selfie.

Mirror iPhone photo with a Siri shortcut

Alternatively, it also works with a Siri shortcut directly in the Photos app. To do this, you need to install our shortcut on your iPhone at this link. This consists of only three steps: Accepts the selected photo, mirrors it and saves the anti-glare version in the recording folder of the photo app. Means, if you want to anti-reflective a certain picture in the photo app, press the share button and under the option "shortcuts" select one with the name "mirror photo". Your iPhone will do the rest by itself.

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Why are selfies mirrored?

Before there were selfies, you could primarily look at your own face in reflective surfaces - for example in mirrors. However, these surfaces produce a left-right reversal image. And because expectations are often fulfilled in technology, the expectation of seeing a “mirror” image of oneself was also fulfilled with the mobile phone camera: When you switch to the front camera, your mobile phone shows you a mirror image.

EnlargeDifference between mirrored and anti-glare selfie

But be careful: if the shutter release button is pressed, this reflection is again anti-reflective for the finished image! That is why the selfies that are taken often look very different than in the front camera preview ...

How to anti-glare a selfie

As mentioned above, the final photo is no longer your reflection in the mirror, but a representation of actual reality. So the camera shows you what you really looked like when you pressed the shutter button. Seen objectively, this is not so bad, because an "upside down" picture would often appear strange: If you wave your left hand, you suddenly wave your right on the selfie. A part of the hair would suddenly move to the other side of the head. And so on ...

But as logical as the system is, many people don't like it. Unfortunately, Apple does not allow you to simply switch off mirroring (or anti-mirroring) on ​​its devices. However, there are two other ways you can proceed: Either you rely on a third-party provider who takes the selfie the way you want it; or you can take a "normal" selfie and edit the unwanted reflection afterwards. We will explain both options.

Take a selfie that isn't mirrored

The name of the “Mirror” app says it all: anyone who uses it creates a selfie of their own reflection - even if the shutter release button is pressed and the selfie is actually “mirrored back”. With “Mirror”, your selfie remains mirrored even after it is taken. So you get what you saw yourself in the front camera. The recordings made can be saved via the app or shared directly with friends and family.

"Mirror" is available free of charge, but with advertisements. If these bother you, you can also buy the app for € 3.49 via in-app purchase.

How to Mirror / Anti-Glare iPhone Photos

If you have already taken a photo (and will no longer need anti-glare selfies in the future), it is worth editing the photo in question. There is also an app for this: Adobe Photoshop Express.

EnlargeImages that have already been taken can be anti-reflective with an app

The free AdobePhotoshop Express gives you the ability to flip selfies with the push of a button - along with a host of other editing features you'd expect from a Photoshop app. You can also use it to take photos and then edit them in the app, but the camera is not as fully equipped as Apple's own app ...

Article has been translated from English. Original can be found on macworld.co.uk