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This is a real quick tip for those of you who don't know that it's there. I'm going to transform this layer here Command+T, Ctrl+T. By default, the transformation happens from the center of the layer. That's where the little anchor point is, this little target point. You can of course change that to a different location. You can move it to a different point on the actual box itself. So I can move it to this lower left hand corner. You can even move it outside, so if I want to rotate it relative to the corner on the canvas, I could put my target point there. I'm just clicking and dragging that anchor point directly. Now when I put my mouse over to the outside of this corner handle here and click and drag, I'm rotating in relation to the corner of the document because that's where I moved the transformation point.
I can undo that. Command+Z, Ctrl+Z to undo the last transformation you did before applying, before committing this. If I want, I can drag that center point to a different location, so we'll from the other left corner of the actual layer and click and drag and you can see I can do the transformation from whatever reference point I want. If you Ctrl-click or right-click, you will see that I have got access to all the individual commands. So if I want to do a perspective transformation or a skew or a rotate, that will put that Free Transform mode into this particular version of Free Transform.
So I'll go and hit Escape and then if I want to move this back to the center, I'll just click that little doohickey and it will naturally want to snap back to the center when you drag it there. So there you have it. You can change the origin point as you are doing your Free Transformations.
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