How to Rotate Text in Photoshop

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How to Rotate Text in Photoshop
If your picture needs aligning, rotate it using Photoshop. (photograph this !!! image by blaQ from

Some of the text you see in print and Web graphics is not perfectly horizontal. Graphic designers rotate, stretch and skew text in a variety of ways to create unique visual effects. Logos, for example, might have inverted text in the graphics while a Web page might display a vertical heading in the sidebar. Using Photoshop, you can rotate text layers in real-time using your mouse and keyboard.

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  1. 1

    Open Photoshop and click "File" and then "New" to create a new document.

  2. 2

    Click "Layer" to open the Layer drop down list. Select "New" > "Layer" to add a new layer to the work area.

  3. 3

    Click the "Text" tool to activate it.

  4. 4

    Click the drawing surface and type your text. The text will appear on the new layer.

  5. 5

    Click "Edit" and select "Free Transform" from the drop down menu. A box will appear around the text.

  6. 6

    Move the mouse over the box until you see curved arrow outside the box.

  7. 7

    Hold down your left mouse button and move the mouse to rotate the text.

  8. 8

    Click "Edit" and select "Free Transform" to deactivate the Free Transform mode.

Tips and warnings

  • Use multiple layers if you want to combine different text objects in the same image.

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