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How To Rotate An Image In Photoshop

Rotate An Image In Photoshop

We’ve been over how to rotate text, how to resize layers, but how to rotate an image in Photoshop?

When you add a new image in Photoshop, things can be a little tricky, but we’re going to go over every step of adding and rotating an image in Photoshop.

Method 1

1. Open A New Project

First of all, open a new project. From the main screen, you can either click on “New Project” or press “Ctrl-N” on your keyboard. You will then be required to select your canvas size and you can proceed to your project. 

2. Add Your Picture

For this project, I’ll add two pictures, as I’ll be making a before and after. Now, the problem is that I need them rotated in order to better fit in my canvas. Simply drag and drop the image in Photoshop, then adjust it and press “Enter.”

Rotate An Image In Photoshop

3. Apply The “Free Transform” Effect

With your layer selected, you will need to go to “Edit,” and then select “Free Transform.” You can also press “Ctrl-T” on your keyboard to instantly activate it. Now, you will be able to change the size of your image and also rotate it by selecting the outside of the corner. 

Rotate An Image In Photoshop

4. Rotate And Position Your Picture

Right now, everything should be as easy as possible. You can freely rotate, resize and move your image to your desired spot. Keep in mind that you will have to activate the “Free Transform” tool every time you change the layer you’re working on or pressing the “Enter” or “Escape” key. 

As I’m doing a before and after, I’ll add the “Before” picture and repeat the process so they are in the same position. After I add them both, I will need to crop everything so they fit perfectly in the canvas and are ready for export. For this, I’m using the crop tool. 

Rotate An Image In Photoshop

In a matter of minutes, my images are added, rotated and cropped so I get exactly what I wanted from my project. 

Method 2

The second method is much easier than the first one, but you don’t have the same control over your project. By using the “Crop” tool, you can freely rotate your image, so let’s see how it goes.

1. Select The Crop Tool

With your photo layer selected, click on the “Crop” tool or press “C” on your keyboard.

2. Rotate Your Image

As you rotate your image with the crop tool, it will try to keep the initial ratio. Start rotating by clicking outside the crop box in a corner, where you will see the double-arrowed symbol. If you press “Shift” while rotating, your photo will be set at a fixed angle, making the positioning easy.

3. Adjust Your Image

When you’re done rotating, you can start adjusting your image. As I said, the “Crop” tool will try to keep the original image ratio, so you will need to drag the borders and adjust them to fit.

And you’re done! You managed to rotate an image in Photoshop in two ways, and now it’s up to you which method you will use. In general, if you only need one picture rotated, you can use the “Crop” tool and simply apply the Method 2. If you need multiple images rotated though, for a before and after or collage, then it’s much easier to use the first method!

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