Sometimes it’s the little things that trip you up like figuring out how to print text in reverse. I’m not trying to imitate Leonardo Da Vinci and his mirror fonts. Instead I was trying to help someone do a t-shirt transfer that included a quote. It turns out there are multiple ways to solve this problem.
If you’ve ever tried to use one of those heat transfer papers to make a t-shirt or print a “secret” message for a kid that can be read in the mirror, you know this problem. I’m sure there are other uses for reverse fonts that escape me. The scenario did make me think of different ways to tackle this problem.
Solution 1: Check your printer
Many printers have a feature that reverses the output. The problem is there doesn’t seem to be a consistent name for this feature. In fact, when I went to the HP site, they provided many names for this feature including:
- back print
- flip horizontal
- mirror image
- emulsion down
I have a HP DeskJet 6940 and it does have this feature although you have to hunt for it. I had to click into the Printer Properties and then go to the Finishing tab.
Solution 2: Use an online Reverse Text Generator
There are a number of online sites that allow you to type your text and get the effect that you need. From there, you can copy and paste the text into the program you need for final editing. One that I found useful is from TextMechanic
As you can see from the buttons above, the site provides lots options for altering your text. If you’re in a silly/devious mood you can copy the results and paste into your email app and see how people react.
Solution 3: Use Microsoft’s Word with Pasted Text
This solution borrows on solution 2- using a reverse text generator. I first generated my text using the Flip Text feature. I pasted that text into Microsoft Word and applied my styling.
Note: You’ll probably need to change your text alignment. When I pasted my text, the default setting was left-aligned. But, if the text is reversed, youl may want to use right-alignment.
Solution 4: Microsoft Word Art
By default, Microsoft doesn’t have a means to reverse text. However, you can rotate objects such as WordArt. In this example, I’m using Word 2010.
- From the Insert menu and Text section, select WordArt
- From the drop-down menu, select your color combination.
- Type or paste your text into the text box
- Make any color or type effects
- Click to the left of the WordArt area to select it. You should see the area highlighted.
- Right-click and select Format Shape…
- From the Format Shape dialog, click 3D Rotation.
- In the Rotation section, enter 180 for the X: value
- Click Close.