How to Flip and Improve a photo or screen print of a Document

Christine on Genealogy Time Travellers (U.K. & World Wide) FaceBook group page asked the following:

“HELP NEEDED! Can anyone do a ‘mirror’ reading of this page please and tell us what it says. I can see some words like Register, London and the date 1749.”

original photo


Below are steps Christine can take to do what she is looking for by using “Microsoft Office Picture Manager” tools.

To flip the image as if in a mirror do the following:
photo flip


After you flip the photo or screen print you will see this.

original photo flipped


To make the image read better do a contrast manipulation like this:
photo contrast for better reading


Here is the finished photo, but now I want to get in close to the words so I would like to zoom in to the document.
finished flipped and darken photo


To zoom in on a section of a photo use the % tool on top like this:
400 zoom


Thank You,

I hope this will help you with your photo manipulation needs.

Jose Munoz from Clarkston, Michigan, USA
Blog: https://munozcollection.com/

By Jose A Munoz

Retired General Motors designer who now works on subjects dealing with genealogy. I create trees using items I find in old Google News Archive newspapers and I contact other tree owners notifying them about the news item concerning their relative and send them a link to the tree I created. I post a screen print of the news item on the tree for others to copy, so that my work will benefit others. Occasionally, I will post about the tree I created or the item that I found, always with a "how to" in-bedded in the post. I want my blog posts to help others with their family trees or with their genealogy experiences.

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