There’s a fundamental flaw in the profession of video editing.
When a carpenter goes to work they have their tools – a hammer, a saw, a drill, a screwdriver and a pickup truck filled with a hundred other tools. Each tool has it own job and does it’s own little thing when the carpenter is building something. Every once in awhile a new tool will come around that’ll make things easier for the carpenter. He or she can decide whether or not to learn how to use that tool and whether it should be added to their tool belt.
Editors face a similar situation except that the growth of new tools is out of control. Don’t get me wrong; this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Anything that’ll make our lives easier as editors is awesome. However there’s a point where we physically cannot keep up with the rate of new tools available to us. Then we get docked for not knowing this one random piece of software and might lose out on a job or gig over it.
This tutorial is on how to rotate an image or layer in Photoshop. I’ll show you how to rotate a canvas from the Image Menu and how to turn a layer using the Free Transform Tool.
Recapping Tutorial on How to Rotate a Layer in Photoshop
There’s a number of reasons you may want to rotate a layer or photo in Photoshop. For me, my phone seems to always take pictures and not realize the phone is turned. So when I bring them into Photoshop to do some tweaking I need to turn them.
Rotate the Entire Canvas
To quickly rotate an image or layer in Photoshop go up to the Image menu, find Image Rotation, and choose 180 Degrees, 90 Degrees Clockwise, or 90 Degrees Counter Clockwise. Once you re-save the image your picture will now be in the correct direction.
When we do this though we are flipping the entire canvas. There’s probably going to be a scenario when you just want to turn a single layer while keeping the rest of your PSD where it is.
Rotate Just One Layer
To rotate just one layer you want to use the Free Transform Tool. Select the layer. Then hit Command+T if you’re on a Mac or Control+T if you’re on a PC.
You’ll now see a box around the layer with squares on each corner and on each side. Hover your mouse near one of the squares until it turns into a curved double-sided arrow. Now click and turn the layer to rotate it as needed. Holding the Shift key will rotate it in 15 degree increments. When you have it rotated how you want it, hit the Return or Enter key or click the checkmark at towards the top of the screen. You can use the Free Transform Tool again and again to get the layer rotated just right.
Reach out to me if you have any questions on this tutorial or anything else Photoshop, graphic design, video or post production-related. I’m here to help you emotionally, mentally and technically as a creative professional.
I want to make you a better video editor. That’s what I’ve been doing through my site, YouTube channel and other avenues for the past year. Pretty much this entire time I’ve been helping a faceless audience. I’ve been guessing at what you want to learn and hoping I’m using something relatable to be able to teach you. I know it’s working for a lot of you (I love the thank you emails I get!). However a lot of the time I still don’t know what you are struggling with. You, the one reading my words right now, I want to help you. That’s why I want to be your coach.
Recently I’ve had a huge problem. I have had several requests come in for complex custom tutorials that can’t be reused for everyone. I want to help these individuals out but I have such limited time after my 9-5, creating content for this site, walking Peyton, another new secret project I’m announcing soon (!!!) and trying to have something close to a social life. I have two options. I can:
Spend several hours creating these custom tutorials, which results in lost time either with my family or creating content for this site or
I can keep my family time and EVF content creation time but not be able to help these individuals in the way that they want/need help since email and screen shots aren’t enough sometimes.
Neither option works for me.
I cannot justify helping one individual person at the expense of not being able to create content for this site (and thus helping many). It isn’t fair to everyone else…that means you! My family time will always come first and with my limited free time I need some grounds for cutting out on one of them. That justification comes in the form of private, one-on-one premium coaching.
This tutorial is on foreground and background colors in Adobe Photoshop. I’ll show you what these are, how to change them, how to fill your background and a bunch of keyboard shortcuts.
Recapping Tutorial on Foreground and Background Colors in Photoshop
In Photoshop towards the bottom right you’ll notice a black square and white square that sit on top of each other. These are your foreground and background colors in Photoshop.
To change either of these colors click inside the box. Once you do this then a new Color Picker box will open up. Select the new color and click OK. There’s a number of ways to select a new color. Feel free to play around if you’re new to Photoshop.
The foreground color is the square that’s on top. The background color is the square that’s underneath. Clicking the tiny arrows above the two squares will switch the colors. The keyboard shortcut to switch the foreground and background colors is the “X” key.
Let’s say you want to use this color to fill a layer with that color. I do this all the time if I need to make a quick background for a lower third or whatever it is I’m composing in Photoshop. To fill with the foreground color use the keyboard shortcut Option+Delete/Backspace if you’re on a Mac. If you’re on a PC the keyboard shortcut is Alt+Backspace. To fill the layer with the background color use Command+Delete/Backspace if you’re on a Mac. On a PC the keyboard shortcut is Control+Backspace.
If you want to reset the colors back to the default of black and white use the “D” key.