How to Rotate an Image in Photoshop

October 05

12 min. to read

Photoshop is one of the most convenient tools for processing photos. With it you can, for example, change brightness and contrast, remove imperfections and change the background.

Sometimes photographers need to rotate the image horizontally or vertically. Photoshop is very handy for this because it allows you to do it quickly and easily. In today's article, we will tell you how to rotate an image in Photoshop.

How to rotate a photo in Photoshop

It's worth starting with the fact that in Photoshop there are four ways you can flip an image. Let's explain each of them:

  • 180 degrees. This means that the image will get upside down.

  • 90 degrees clockwise and counterclockwise. This rotation option allows you to rotate the picture perpendicular to the original picture.

  • Free Transform. You have the ability to rotate a photo in Photoshop to any angle you want. Naturally, the picture will move away as the angle changes, so there will be empty space around the image. It will be painted in a solid color. You can change it in a separate panel. On the one hand, free transform allows you to achieve the best effect. On the other hand, you will have to spend time creating a perfect picture.

So, how to rotate in Photoshop? First, let's open our photo. First, let's open our photo. To do this, place the cursor on the File tab and select Open. After that, search for the desired image and confirm the selection.

To temporarily turn an image in Photoshop, you can use a separate button. It is located on the toolbar, so it won't take long to find it. If you're used to using the hotkeys, you can press R on your keyboard. After that, do the rotation. Remember that in this case, when you save the picture will retain the original rotation.

The next thing we are interested in is a button called Image. It is located in the top menu bar, so it won't be hard to find. After that, select the desired tilt angle.

Sometimes the user is not satisfied with the result. Don't feel bad: all changes can easily be undone! To do this you just need to press Ctrl + Z if you work on Windows or Command + Z if you are a lucky Mac owner.

After you see the desired result, be sure to save it. To do this, click on File and choose Save As. Voila! The first step is taken and you now know how to rotate a picture in Photoshop without any difficulty.

Using the Crop tool

Do you think that the cropping tool is only for removing unnecessary parts from the picture? You are profoundly mistaken! This tool can also be used to rotate. It's not complicated at all, so you'll get it right on the first try.

Rotating pictures in Photoshop with the Crop tool takes a few steps:

  1. On the left is the toolbar, where you need to find the cropping tool. Select it with a mouse click. Users who are used to working with hotkeys can press C.

  2. After that, click on the photo once.

  3. Next, hover the cursor over any of the corners of the picture. Next, hover the cursor over any of the corners of the picture.

  4. The rotation can be done by holding down the mouse button. If you release it, the image will remain as it was when you held down the button.

Very easy, isn't it? Experiment until you get the result you want!

How to rotate an object in Photoshop: 5 Simple Steps

We've got the whole image rotated. But this is not enough: for high-quality photo processing, it is necessary to know how to work with individual layers. To do this, you have to use the Transform tool, because this is the best way to rotate a single object. So, let's see how to rotate an object in Photoshop using the step-by-step guide.

Step 1

First, make the user layers visible. You can do this with the Windows tab on the top menu bar. Click it to select Layers and click on the tab. After that, you will see the panel on the right side of the screen.

Step 2

Click once on the selected layer to start working with it. You may encounter a situation where a layer cannot be rotated to a custom angle. You can easily see this by the lock image next to it. No action can be performed on the layer until it is unlocked. To unlock it, you will need to press the lock button.

Step 3

To tilt images in Photoshop, click the Edit tab. There you will need to select Transform. After that, you will see a list of available actions.

Step 4

You also have the option to use Free Transform. If necessary, you can always draw a border around the layer you are working with. After you move the cursor over the border, a curved arrow will appear. You can rotate it in different directions until you get the perfect result. Remember that you shouldn't interact with the image until the curved arrow appears. This can result in the deformation or resizing of the layer.

Step 5

You don't like the result? No problem! Cancel your selection with Ctrl + Z if you work on Windows or Command + Z if you use Mac. If you like everything, save the finished result. To do that, on the File tab, select Save As.

How to Automate Image Rotation in Photoshop

The above steps are very easy to do, but you will run into problems if you have more than one image. It will take a very long time to process them all. Fortunately, you can easily automate this process. Photoshop has a special function that allows you to record your photo editing tasks. You can use it to make a record of how you change the picture. You will then be able to apply this rule to multiple files. Next, we'll tell you how to tilt an image in Photoshop automatically. Conventionally, all work can be divided into two stages.

Step 1

The first thing you need to do is create a special folder where the edited images will be located. Make a folder on the Desktop and name it Rotated. Next, select the picture you want to rotate. Start Photoshop and open it (we already told you how to do it quickly above). After this step, click the Window button on the work panel and select Actions.

To create a record, you will need to click on Create New Action. After that, you need to give it a unique name. We recommend that you make the names clear in case you create more than one entry. This way, you won't get confused and you will perform the desired action as quickly as possible. When you are finished, select Record.

The next step is to rotate the image. Do it any way you like. When you are satisfied with the result, you need to save it. To do this, select File and then select Save As. We need the previously created Rotated directory, so we save the image to it. There is no need to change its format. You can stop recording action by clicking on the Stop button.

Step 2

Writing down the action is not enough. Now you have to perform it. To do this, make a folder on the desktop called To Rotate and move all the pictures you want to rotate into it.

Open Photoshop. After that, follow the sequence File - Automate - Batch. You will see the Action menu, where you should select the entry you made in the previous step.

Writing down the action is not enough. Now you have to perform it. To do this, make a folder on the desktop called To Rotate and move all the pictures you want to rotate into it. The final touch is to click the OK button. 

Voila! If you've done all the above steps correctly, you can forget about having to rotate a lot of images. Just make a note and the program will do all the work for you.


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