Rotating a Layer
Photoshop CS6 Tutorial
How to Rotate a Layer in Photoshop
Once you have several layers in Photoshop, you may want to rotate a layer object or the entire layer.
In this topic we'll explore both possibilities.
Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open) then open the Layers panel (Window > Layers).
Notice that the layer name is Background and in italics. The Background layer sits on the bottom of the stack.
You can rotate a Background or a transparency layer by selecting the layer and choosing Image > Image Rotation. The upper portion of the menu allows you to rotate the image 180 degrees, 90 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counter-clockwise.
Choose Arbitrary to set a specific rotation angle.
Flip Canvas Horizontal and Flip Canvas Vertical are used to create a mirror reflection of your original image.
With the Custom Shape tool set to Shape layers, add a Custom Shape to a new Photoshop document.
With the Shape layer selected, choose Edit > Transform Path > Rotate. A cage with handles appears around your object.
Move the curser near one of the handles and a rotate icon appears. Click-drag to rotate the shape.
With the Rotate tool active, you can enter a specific rotation value in the tool options.
The rotation occurs around the object's pivot point. To move the pivot point, click-drag the icon to a new location.
Once you are satisfied with the rotation press Enter, Return or click the checkmark in the tool options bar.