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Moving the pivot point in Photoshop.

Engaged ,
Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

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Hello.

I am finding that when I try to move the pivot point to a different location within a selected image, in order to change the rotation point, the whole selection moves, not just the pivot point. As I understand it, it should be a very simple matter to drag the pivot to a different location. I have tried re-starting my i~Mac osx 10.14.6, and re-starting Photoshop 2019. I cannot move the pivot point on it's own. Does anyone have any advice about this? Grateful for any help.

 

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Community Expert , Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

Are you seeing the cursor change from just an arrow to an arrow with a little diamond next to it?

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Community Expert , Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

Hold the opt key then click to move the pivot point.

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Community Beginner , Jan 12, 2023 Jan 12, 2023

If you can not see the center point.

Make sure this check box is selected in the transform panel.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

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Hi press Ctrl + T after selecting any layer then you see transform panel you get relation icon turn off it then you can get piviot point as shown in picture...Regards

 

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Ali Sajjad / Graphic Design Trainer / Freelancer / Adobe Certified Professional

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Nov 28, 2021 Nov 28, 2021

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That is incorrect.

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Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

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Are you seeing the cursor change from just an arrow to an arrow with a little diamond next to it?

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Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

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Hold the opt key then click to move the pivot point.

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Engaged ,
Dec 02, 2019 Dec 02, 2019

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Thanks to everyone who offered advice re. moving the pivot point.

I have learnt something.

 

Regards.

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Jul 16, 2021 Jul 16, 2021

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I used to see the pivot point when I did an alt/option click on it to move it.  In the current version of Photoshop CC there is no visible pivot point.  Why would they remove the familiar plus sign which indicated the pivot point?

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New Here ,
Nov 09, 2022 Nov 09, 2022

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I'm also looking for this answer. The center point that you can move for the pivot point is gone! Why would they do this. It was sooo helpful! 

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Community Beginner ,
Jan 12, 2023 Jan 12, 2023

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If you can not see the center point.

Make sure this check box is selected in the transform panel.

Screenshot 2023-01-12 120825.png

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New Here ,
Apr 13, 2023 Apr 13, 2023

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Thanks rawfires, that has saved me A LOT of aggravation... i've been cursing whenever I rotate!

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 11, 2023 Dec 11, 2023

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Great answer -- and so simple (once you know!) 

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Community Expert ,
Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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Something I worked out some years ago is that when you need to be precise, dragging the Reference point is not a great option.  It doesn't snap to guides or other objects.  So the answer is to drag the Grid zero, zero point to that location which _will_ snap to a guide intersection.  (Green arrow)

 

Then, when using Free Transform, Alt place the Reference point close to the guide intersection, and then fine tune by entering 0.0 in the X: and Y: fields in the Options Bar.  This gives you a 100% accurate rotation point.

I worked this out when using Step & Repeat to produce minute marks on a clock face illustration, and getting annoyed when the last one did not align with the first one.

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Community Expert ,
Dec 12, 2023 Dec 12, 2023

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Trevor, excellent method, but IMHO, users should not have to master Photoshop that much to acheive that, hence this feature request: https://community.adobe.com/t5/photoshop-ecosystem-ideas/snap-to-guides-or-objects-when-moving-refer...

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New Here ,
Feb 19, 2024 Feb 19, 2024

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How can i lock the pivot point?
After i change and select something else it goes back to center of the object.

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Community Expert ,
Feb 19, 2024 Feb 19, 2024

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@Oğuz34415457jaq4 

 

You can't lock the pivot point.

 

Would Trevor's method (above) work for you?

 

Jane

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 13, 2024 Apr 13, 2024

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Why can't they fix the photoshop UI to make this easy an intuitve?  I could only make this work as others pointed out by cropping to 1:1 then appying a radial blur so it's centered properly.

 

Please fix the UI!

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Apr 13, 2024 Apr 13, 2024

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Could you be more specific re your issue please?  If you could provide a screen shot, I feel sure we could help you.

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Apr 13, 2024 Apr 13, 2024

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For people looking for FT reference point, you can turn it on in Preferenbes > Tools

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