How to rotate an object in Photoshop

Need a rotate an object to an exact degree in Photoshop?

Rotating objects in Adobe Photoshop can be quickly done using the Move Tool and dragging any of the corner handles around in a circle. However, if you are trying to rotate a shape, image, or other layer to an exact degree measurement, this tutorial can help.

Here’s how to do it:

With the Move Tool

  1. Open your Photoshop 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 Options Bar (exact degree rotation)

  1. Open your Photoshop 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 on any of the four corner handles around the object
  4. Enter the desired degree of rotation in the top Options Bar (right above the Document Window)