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Reflect vs. Flip

In almost every application, there are commands called Flip Vertical and Flip Horizontal— in Illustrator they’re not so obvious. There’s the Reflect tool (O), but that’s more like a mirror reflection than a flip. In other words, Reflect Horizontal is the equivalent of Flip Vertical. That’s because “horizontal” indicates the angle of your mirror, which—in effect—flips your object vertically. In case you find that too confusing, commands for Flip Horizontal and Flip Vertical are found in the flyout menu in the Transform palette (Window>Transform).


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