I can't transform/rotate an image

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Dec 12, 2011 Dec 12, 2011

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I'm using CS design 5.5 Photoshop. I'm trying to use edit/transform/rotate to straighten an image. I have a vertical ruler next to a vertical line I want to rotate a few degrees but my cursor arrow never changes to a double arrow to allow me to rotate the image. I'm working on a layer duplicate of the background. I'm sure it's something simple I haven't done. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.

JohnB

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LEGEND , Dec 13, 2011 Dec 13, 2011
If your goal is to rotate some component of the image on a layer, try making a selection first, then Edit - Free Transform, then drag somewhere outside the edge of the component to rotate it.--If your goal is to rotate the entire image, try this: Select the Ruler Tool. Drag it along a line that's supposed to be vertical or horizontal. Press the [Straighten] button up near the top of the Photoshop main window.-Noel

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Dec 12, 2011 Dec 12, 2011

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If you want a more sure fire way of straightening you might try this:

In the TOOLS (if you have the bar open) find the one with the color picker.

Hold your mouse on the black triangle in the lower right corner unti the flyout appears

Select the RULER tool

Using that draw either a vertical or horizontal line that is your level or straight line.

Go to IMAGE and select IMAGE ROTATION from the options.

Select ARBITRARY

The degrees show up automatically (much better than a guess) and you select either clockwise or counter clockwise.

Push the button and it should make you happier.....

Now all you'll need do if you want it square is to mask and crop.

Hope this help and makes it easier for you.

Brad

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Dec 13, 2011 Dec 13, 2011

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And don't forget that you can use a decimal point in the "Arbitray" to make finer adjustment (.1)

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LEGEND ,
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If your goal is to rotate some component of the image on a layer, try making a selection first, then Edit - Free Transform, then drag somewhere outside the edge of the component to rotate it.

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If your goal is to rotate the entire image, try this:

  1. Select the Ruler Tool.
  2. Drag it along a line that's supposed to be vertical or horizontal.
  3. Press the [Straighten] button up near the top of the Photoshop main window.

-Noel

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Thanks Noel, that will help me in the future

Mike

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Noel's answer is a good one...I just like to set my own crop and if need be rebuild areas by cloning, making the photo my decision not Adobe's. There is nothing wrong with either one and the beauty of PS is you have options.

Main thing is you got option answers to your question...I hope.

Brad

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New Here ,
Dec 13, 2011 Dec 13, 2011

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I liked Noel's answer for my particular problem, but thanks to all of you for responding so quickly. Sorry I didn't respond sooner but I've been burning trees that died this year due to the drought we have in Texas. Thanks again to all of you.

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New Here ,
Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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This is the reason I found this thread. I have the newest PS and I'm trying to rotate on free transform like I have done for years... and it just isn't doing it. No error shows up, just does nothing when I try to drag it, rotate it, change the size of the layer etc. I need to manually rotate it to achieve a certain look on my pattern design and it just isn't letting me.

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Mar 02, 2021 Mar 02, 2021

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Nevermind, turned out I could do it with my tablet pen and then it worked fine! No idea why it wasn't an issue before now.

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Same thing happening to me, did you manage to figure out a way to make it work without the tablet pen?

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