Flip Your Painting Horizontally to Check Composition

Another method, similar in ease to the method described in the tutorial named Check Your Painting for Tonal Variety and Contrast, is one artists often use to see how their composition really looks. That is, to view the painting when it's flipped horizontally, or mirrored.

For pre-Painter IX versions:

1. Use File > Clone.

2. Use Effects > Orientation > Flip Horizontal.

3. Compare the horizontally flipped Clone with your painting to see where you might want to arrange the painting differently to improve the composition.

In Painter IX (IX 9.1 and IX.5):

1. First save the image in RIFF format to retain all Painter specific information.

2. Then, use Canvas > Rotate Canvas > Flip Canvas Horizontal. This flips the entire image horizontally, including the Canvas and anything above the Canvas.

Or, in Painter IX (IX 9.1 and IX.5), if you want to compare the horizontally  flipped clone of your painting with the original painting:

1. Use File > Clone.

2. Use Canvas > Rotate Canvas > Flip Canvas Horizontal to flip the Clone horizontally.

3. Compare the horizontally flipped Clone with your painting to see where you might want to arrange the painting differently to improve the composition.


© 2007, Jinny Brown

January 30, 2007