Mirror PDF file

Community Beginner ,
Feb 03, 2018 Feb 03, 2018

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Hi, I've been e-mailed a technical drawing for building stud walls in a block of flats. However I've only got the left hand side flat drawings. Is there a way within Acrobat XI that I can flip the file horizontally?

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Guide , Feb 07, 2018 Feb 07, 2018
Another option is to place the PDF into InDesign or Illustrator and export to (or save as, from Illustrator) a new PDF.To mirror a placed object in InDesign go to Object> Transform> Flip horizontal.To Mirror a placed object in Illustrator, it's Object> Transform> Reflect.Of course all the dimensions will also be mirrored and hard to read. You can cover the old type and replace it before exporting to a new PDF, if it's important to you.I should also mention you are also assuming the right side dr...

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Guide , Dec 05, 2018 Dec 05, 2018
For the benefit of others who are looking for a way to flip PDFs, here is yet another way:You can use an existing prefilght profile to flip the pages (Acrobat DC).Tools> Print Production> Prefilght> (select the blue wrench icon).

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Adobe Employee ,
Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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Hi Toonarmytel,

To rotate a page in a pdf file, click on the page thumbnail icon in the left-hand pane > select the page by clicking on it > right-click > rotate pages.

Select the direction, page range and save the file using File > Save option.

Below are the screenshots:

Let us know if you have any further questions.

Shivam

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Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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Rotating is not the same as mirroring... I don't believe the latter is possible in Acrobat.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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Yeah try67, that's what I'm trying to do. Is there any other way to do it? Thanks for the help guys.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 06, 2018 Feb 06, 2018

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If you are on Windows, and you have Adobe Acrobat installed, you can print to the "Adobe PDF" printer and select to mirror the output, which will result in a mirror image of your PDF file. Because we don't know exactly what it is you are trying to solve, this may not help you with your problem, but just in case, here are some instructions: mirror image of pdf file (Edit PDF)

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Dec 05, 2018 Dec 05, 2018

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Thank you Karl Heinz Kremer. Your suggestion worked perfectly! We're trying to prepare POWERPOINT presentations to be used on a teleprompter. We're recording videos of "expert speakers." Our speakers sound much  more natural when they're speaking to their own POWERPOINT bullet points vs. reading from a written script using an unfamiliar piece of technology.

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Guide ,
Dec 05, 2018 Dec 05, 2018

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For the benefit of others who are looking for a way to flip PDFs, here is yet another way:

You can use an existing prefilght profile to flip the pages (Acrobat DC).

Tools> Print Production> Prefilght> (select the blue wrench icon).

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Jun 02, 2019 Jun 02, 2019

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That was the reply I badly needed since several time now. Thanks. This could have been included in tools panel straight. This is very primary requirement for post production.

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Community Beginner ,
Mar 18, 2020 Mar 18, 2020

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Thanks so much for this. Needle in a haystack! I never would have found this solution. We need to mirror image thousands of pages of text codes so this solution is perfect.

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Feb 05, 2021 Feb 05, 2021

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Thanks Luke! This worked like a charm!

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Guide ,
Feb 07, 2018 Feb 07, 2018

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Another option is to place the PDF into InDesign or Illustrator and export to (or save as, from Illustrator) a new PDF.

To mirror a placed object in InDesign go to Object> Transform> Flip horizontal.

To Mirror a placed object in Illustrator, it's Object> Transform> Reflect.

Of course all the dimensions will also be mirrored and hard to read. You can cover the old type and replace it before exporting to a new PDF, if it's important to you.

I should also mention you are also assuming the right side drawings are otherwise identical to the left (door swings, utilities, etc.)

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 07, 2018 Feb 07, 2018

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That's exactly what I needed Luke, thanks! Door swings etc are not important as I'm just building the stud walls, dimensions I can easily copy over afterwards. Thanks again.

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Aug 25, 2020 Aug 25, 2020

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Acrobat Pro XI

I've found a better way.  Zoom out so you can see the whole page. Go to Content editing and select Edit Text & Images. It will say the page doesn't have editable text or has scanned content AND it doesn't tell you but its now made the entire page an object. Left click on the scan and you'll see handles appear at the corners.  Now right click and flip it. Done!  Took a long time to find this. Happy!

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