How To Rotate Layers In Photoshop

One of Photoshop’s most effective tools is the ability to build layers, which are essentially discrete informational slices that may be stacked or rearranged to generate the structure of your image. You can draw, edit, paste, and rearrange components on one layer using layers without affecting the others. So, how do you rotate a layer?

You can rotate layers in Photoshop in a couple of ways. If you wish to rotate freely, then you may simply drag around the blue box. If you want to rotate at a precise angle, it’s better to use the Transform tool.

Keep reading below for more information.

What Are Layers In Photoshop?

Information about the many components of a picture is stored using layers. All distinct aspects of the image, such as the backdrop, a picture, text, or a form, can be contained in each layer.

The ability to modify each layer independently provides you a great deal of control over the final product. To observe how various components of the image work together, you may also toggle layers on and off.

Moving Layers In Photoshop

As you are aware, the look of your picture is affected by the way in which layers are placed. It’s crucial that you understand how to move layers so that you may adjust their arrangement as necessary.

  1. Choose the layer or layers you want to move.
  2. Drag the layer to the appropriate location by clicking and holding down the mouse button. Across layers, a thick line will show to highlight where the layer would be placed.
  3. Release your mouse button when the layer is at the desired position and it will go there.

Rotating Layers In Photoshop

By following the steps in this section, you may rotate layers in Photoshop.

For more information on how to rotate layers in Photoshop, watch this video below:

Step 1: Choose the Layer

  1. Simply press on a layer in the Layers Palette to pick it. When a layer is chosen, it will change color to blue.
  2. Holding down the CMD (Mac) or CTRL (Windows) key while clicking on every layer you want to have chosen will pick multiple layers. Pick the first layer, press and hold the SHIFT key, and choose the last layer to select many of them in succession.

Step 2: Rotate the Layer

From here, rotating is really simple. There are various approaches you may take.

  1. Hovering the mouse over the blue box’s exterior edge is one technique. It will change into a bent arrow as you watch. Rotate the layer by clicking and dragging.
  2. The picture will progressively rotate in 0.1-degree steps under the usual configuration. If you rotate while pressing the Shift key, the layer will hop in 15-degree intervals instead. Additionally, you may select a precise angle by typing it in the angle box located above the options bar.
  3. Utilize the transform tool if you’re trying to rotate at a predetermined degree. Press Command + T (Mac) or Control + T (Windows) while your Move Tool and layer are still chosen (PC).
  4. To view your transform choices, use a right-click inside the transform window. Rotate 180°, Rotate 90° Clockwise, and Rotate 90° Counterclockwise are all listed at the end of this menu. 
  5. The Transform tool isn’t in use if, after you right-click, you see the small drop-down box beneath. Use the keyboard shortcuts Ctrl + T or Command + T to enable it, or click and drag to slightly rotate the picture.
  6. To confirm the adjustments, press the Enter key after you are satisfied with the placement.

Flipping Layers in Photoshop

Layers in Photoshop may be flipped horizontally or vertically, similar to the artboard.

  1. To accomplish this, choose the layer you wish to flip, then click V to pick the Move Tool.
  2. Now hit Command + T (Mac) or Control + T (Windows) to launch your Transform Tool.
  3. Right-click inside the transform window when the transform tool is active and pick “Flip Horizontal” or “Flip Vertical.”
  4. To confirm the modifications, flip your layer and hit Enter or tick the option in your preferences bar.

How to Export and Save Your Work

After rotating your image, you’ll presumably need to save it.

  1. Go to File > Save As save the image.
  2. Select the correct format for your picture after deciding on a folder and title.
  3. Save your picture in the “Photoshop” format if you want to save it as a document with an access point.
  4. Save your work in the “Jpeg” format if you wish to export it as a JPEG.


There are several methods to rotate an image in Photoshop. Fortunately, everything is in one location, making it simple to browse. You can discover the ideal rotation options for you, regardless of whether you want to use a preset option or create a custom one.