Artists who work on canvas often recommend a large mirror in the studio, because when you see your work-in-progress in reverse, any flaws you didn’t see previously become immediately apparent. When working digitally there is often a keystroke you can use to flip the canvas both horizontally and vertically, and I am trying to get into the habit of doing this more frequently.

Have you ever been to theĀ When You See It website? It’s possible to waste hours at websites like those. This one displays seemingly harmless pictures, until you keep looking and find something very odd in it.

I came across this picture this morning and honestly I couldn’t tell what was wrong with it. Can you?

Yet when the image is flipped, it becomes immediately apparent what’s wrong.

In case you’re not on a mobile device right now, here’s the same image upside down:


This sort of thing is unlikely to happen in a digital painting (compared to all the ways in which it’s possible to stuff up with Photoshop), but flipping comes in handy nonetheless.

In Artrage, press ‘h’ to flip horizontally and ‘v’ to flip vertically. The image stays that way for only as long as you’re holding your finger on the key, so it’s very easy and very handy.


Why is it so difficult to ‘not’ see something once you have seen it? Find this question and lots of other creative questions suitable for circle time, home room and general discussion at Sparky Teaching