How to rotate an object in Illustrator

Need a rotate an object in Illustrator?

Rotating objects in Adobe Illustrator can be quickly done using the Move Tool and dragging any of the corner handles around in a circle. If, however, you want to rotate an object to an exact degree measurement, this tutorial can help.

Here’s how to do it:

With the Move Tool

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Select or create the layer, shape or image that you want to rotate
  3. With the Move Tool active (shortcut M), click-and-drag any of the four corner handles around the object and move your cursor around to rotate

From the Top Menu (exact degree rotation)

  1. Open your Illustrator project file
  2. Select or create the layer, shape or image that you want to rotate
  3. From the top menu, choose Object > Transform > Rotate
  4. From the Rotate popup window, set you degree of rotation and click OK