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How to Rotate Your Images Using Adobe Photoshop Elements

written by: xanadu324•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 9/10/2009

When looking at the rotate options in the Elements Image menu, you may be a bit overwhelmed. This article will explain the different choices you have when editing your photographs to face the right direction so they can look their best.

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    Rotating Your Photographs

    The rotate menu option gives you many choices on how you’d like your photo to appear.

    • 90 degrees left will turn your photo right-side up if it’s tilted to the right, and will have the top of the photo on the left side if it’s already right-side up.
    • Rotate 90 degrees right will turn your photo to the right. This works well if when you took a picture with your camera you turned it in order to get the full scene in.
    • 180 degrees will flip your photo upside-down or right-side up depending on how your photo is facing.
    • The custom option allows you to choose the direct number of pixels you’d like to angle your photo, and the direction you want it to turn.
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    Flipping Your Photos, Layers, and Straightening

    • Flip horizontal will mirror your image so that the right side becomes the left side and vice-versa.
    • Flip vertical will mirror your picture so the top becomes the bottom and vice-versa.
    • Free Rotate layer will make your background image into a layer (or use the layer currently selected) to give you the option of turning and moving your photo to exactly where you want it. Once you’ve finished, click the green check mark to keep the changes or the red “X” to go back to its previous state.
    • Layer 90 degrees left, layer 90 degrees right, layer 180 degrees, flip layer horizontal, and flip layer vertical work the same as the above tools work, except it will only apply to your currently selected layer. This works well if you have an image more than one layer and only want to adjust one layer to face in a different direction rather than the whole image.
    • Straighten and crop image is a tool that I don’t use very often because a lot of the time it doesn’t appear correctly. Photoshop will “look” at the photo and decide what it feels would be the opportune “straight” image and crop it for you.
    • Straighten image also uses Photoshop’s “eyes” to view the photo and straighten it as it believes to be straight. It will not crop the image and keep all parts of the image intact.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Menus - Photoshop Elements Made Easy

This tutorial series will explain all the menu options within Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0. From the File Menu to the Help Menu.
  1. Adobe Photoshop Elements File Menu - Including New, Open, and Duplicate
  2. Adobe Photoshop Elements File Menu - Including Save, File Info, and Organize
  3. Adobe Photoshop Elements File Menu - Including Import, Export, and Print
  4. Adobe Photoshop Elements 6.0 Edit Menu - Including Undo, Redo, Cut, and Copy
  5. Adobe Photoshop Elements Edit Menu - Including Selections, Brushes, and Patterns
  6. Adobe Photoshop Elements Edit Menu - Including Color Settings, Presets, and Preferences
  7. How to Rotate Your Images Using Adobe Photoshop Elements
  8. Adobe Photoshop Elements Image Menu - Including Crop, Transform, and Resize
  9. Adobe Photoshop Elements Image Menu - Details on Mode, Converting Color Profile, and Magic Extractor
  10. Adobe Photoshop Elements Enhance Menu - Including Auto Smart Fix, Auto Levels, and Auto Red Eye Fix
  11. Adobe Photoshop Elements Enhance Menu - Including Adjust Color, Unsharp Mask, and Convert to Black and White
  12. Adobe Photoshop Elements Layer Menu - Details On New, Duplicate, and Rename Layer
  13. Adobe Photoshop Elements Layer Menu - Details On Adjustment Layers, Fill Layers, and Layer Content
  14. Adobe Photoshop Elements Layer Menu - Including Type, Merge, Flatten, Arrange, and Group
  15. Adobe Photoshop Elements Select Menu - Information On Deselect, Reselect, Inverse, and Feather
  16. Adobe Photoshop Elements Select Menu - Including Modify, Grow, Similar, and Loading, Saving, and Deleting a Selection