Reverse an Image Easily in Google Docs (With Our Guide Of Course!)
Google Docs is a handy piece of online software for creating, editing and maintaining documents and spreadsheets. Since the user doesn’t have to pay for the extended features that only come with a full-fledged solution like MS Office, Google Docs has become quite popular, especially among small business owners.
However, manipulating images, like rotating/flipping, is an important requirement for any document that’s meant to work as as part of photo book (like the ones you order through Photobox: https://discountgo.co.uk/) and you need to go at the task a bit indirectly with Docs.
To flip an image in Google Docs, follow the steps detailed below.
Go to Google Docs from your browser and sign-in using your account. However, if you’re using Chrome and it’s already signed in with an account, Docs will automatically open under that account.
Once in, select the document into which you want to insert and rotate the image. If you want to start with a new document instead of an existing one, click on the “+” icon. Note that the home page also features the documents you simply opened using Docs before. You can’t edit documents like that. It has to be something that you’ve created on your own Docs page by yourself.
Once the document is open, click on the “Insert” option from the menu bar. Now, hover over “Drawing”. Here, you can either insert a new image or an image from your Google Drive. To insert a new image, select “+ New”. This will open a new window.
From the toolbar of the new window, click on the “Image” icon. It should be the first or second option from the right.
In the new image box, see that there are multiple options to insert an image. You can upload it directly from your computer, take a snapshot using a webcam or phone camera, insert the image URL, draw from your Google Photos, insert images from your Drive or you can search for a particular image using the Search option. For convenience’s sake, let’s say it’s on your hard disk. The image box opens on the Upload section by default. Find the blue “Choose an image to upload” button in the middle of the box and click it.
Go to the right folder, find the right image, select it and click Open. Alternatively, you can just drag and drop the image from your hard drive directly into the image box.
Once the image is loaded, find the solid circular button (like a big dot) on top of the image. Due to the default placement of the image, you probably won’t see it straight away. If that happens, click on the image and drag it down a bit or until you can see the button.
Hover over the circular button and you’ll find that the cursor has changed into a “+” icon. Now, click and hold it and move in the direction you want to rotate the image. The rotation rate is very precise and can be moved by less than a degree with each draw. However, if you want to completely flip the image, that is, rotate it by 180-degree, press down the Shift button and then rotate. This way each movement will rotate the image by 15-degree in the chosen direction. Keep going until you’ve reached the proper position for the image.
Once the image has been flipped, click on the “Save and close” button on the upper right corner of the image box and exit editing mode. The newly modified image now will have appeared on your document.
Inserting an image from the hard drive is well and good but if the intended image is on a website that’s not dedicated to the image in question itself, you’d have to get the URL of the image separately. Right-click on the image and select the “Copy image URL/address” option. Once copied, paste it on the “Image URL” field of the image box’s “By URL” tab and click OK. The other insert options are pretty straight forward and don’t require any irregular handling.
If you want to edit the newly inserted and saved image further, select it on the document. You’ll see that a new “Edit” option has now become available under the image. Click it and you’ll be taken to the image editing box again. However, you can’t replace the image with a new one using Edit.