How to Rotate an Image or Layer in Photoshop

How-to-Rotate-an-Image-or-Layer-in-Photoshop

There are two main ways you can rotate an image/layer in Adobe Photoshop. This guide will show you both options.

Method #1: Fixed Rotation

If you want to rotate the image at 90°, follow these steps.

  1. Select the image by pressing Ctrl + A (Cmd + A on Mac). You can also go to Select > All.

    Select the picture
    Press Ctrl + A (Cmd + A on Mac) to select the picture; or go to Select > All.
  2. Go to Edit > Transform, and choose one of the three rotating options.

    Edit transform
    Go to Edit > Transform, and select one of the three rotating options.

Method #2: Freehand Rotation

If you do not want to rotate your picture at a fixed angle, you can do it manually.

  1. Select the image.
  2. Press Ctrl + T (Cmd + T on Mac), which will open the Transform tool. You can also go to Edit > Free Transform.

    Free Transform
    Go to Edit > Free Transform, or press Ctrl + T (Cmd + T on Mac).
  3. In the toolbar on top, you can type in the angle value. This will rotate the image at that angle.

    Rotate at specific angle
    Type in the angle value to rotate the image.
  4. You can also rotate the image freely. To do this, left-click on the gray area outside the image, and rotate it.

    Rotate freely
    Click on the gray area outside the picture, and rotate it freely.
  5. Once you are happy with the rotation, click on the checkmark on top.

    Save the rotation
    To save the rotation, click on the checkmark.

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