Photoshop keyboard shortcuts are one of the best ways to increase your efficiency when editing images. Whether it is Ctrl + C and Ctrl + V to copy and paste something or Ctrl + T to transform a selection, they can save you a couple of seconds. When you are editing a lot of images, that time savings can really add up. But one of the most common things to do in Photoshop is to rotate images. This is especially common when dealing with images imported from a camera, as they can often by in portrait orientation when they should be in landscape.
Unfortunately Photoshop CS5 does not have a default keyboard shortcut to rotate images, so we need to create our own. So continue reading below to learn how.
Keyboard Shortcut to Rotate Images in Photoshop CS5
The steps in this article will show you how to create a keyboard shortcut that you can press to rotate your image 90 degrees clockwise. You can, however, elect to set up the shortcut to rotate an image 90 degrees counterclockwise, or to rotate an image 180 degrees. If you wish to do that, simply select that option instead of the 90 degrees clockwise option that we will select in the steps below.
Step 1: Open Photoshop CS5.
Step 2: Click Edit at the top of the window, then scroll down and click Keyboard Shortcuts.
Step 3: Click the arrow to the left of the Image option.
Step 4: Scroll down and click the 90 degrees CW option under Image Rotation.
Step 5: Click inside the field, then press the keyboard shortcut that you want to use to rotate your images. In the example below, I am using Ctrl + . for this shortcut. There are already a lot of shortcuts defined in the program, so you will need to select one that is not being used by something else. Note that there will be a warning at the bottom of the window if you select one that is already in use.
Step 6: Click the Accept button to apply the shortcut, then click the OK button to close the window.
Do you have a single layer in your image that you want to rotate? Learn how to use the Transform tool in Photoshop CS5 for some additional ways to configure your image.
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