Rotating a Layer

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.


Step One

Open an image in Photoshop (File > Open) then open the Layers panel (Window > Layers).

Step Two

Notice that the layer name is Background and in italics. The Background layer sits on the bottom of the stack.

Step Three

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.

Step Four

Choose Arbitrary to set a specific rotation angle.

Step Five

Flip Canvas Horizontal and Flip Canvas Vertical are used to create a mirror reflection of your original image.

Step Six

With the Custom Shape tool set to Shape layers, add a Custom Shape to a new Photoshop document.

Step Seven

With the Shape layer selected, choose Edit > Transform Path > Rotate. A cage with handles appears around your object.

Step Eight

Move the curser near one of the handles and a rotate icon appears. Click-drag to rotate the shape.

Step Nine

With the Rotate tool active, you can enter a specific rotation value in the tool options.

Step Ten

The rotation occurs around the object's pivot point. To move the pivot point, click-drag the icon to a new location.

Step Eleven

Once you are satisfied with the rotation press Enter, Return or click the checkmark in the tool options bar.

Rotating with the Free Transform Tool

Another handy way to rotate an image is with the Free Transform tool. Make a selection and choose Edit > Free Transform (Cmd/t (PC - Ctrl/t)). Click-drag the corners of the transform bounding box.


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