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Photoshop is the world’s most powerful image editor, and it’s arguably the most complex, as well. Fortunately, nobody knows the program like award-winning book and video author Deke McClelland. Join Deke as he explores such indispensable Photoshop features as resolution, cropping, color correction, retouching, and layers. Gain expertise with real-world projects that make sense. Exercise files accompany the course.
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In this exercise, I'm going to show you the Rotate View tool which is a cousin of the Hand tool that allows you to rotate your view of the image on screen. Now I should mention this is another one of those features that relies on your video card support for OpenGL. But I should also say that most video cards do support OpenGL. It's only the very, very least expensive video cards that don't.OpenGL is not new technology. It's been around for more than a decade. It's just Photoshop that recently got around to supporting it.
So notice that I'm working inside Dark portrait.jpg found inside the 04_navigation folder. I'm going to click-and-hold on the Hand tool to bring up its flyout menu. Then I'm going to choose the Rotate View tool. We can also press the R key, as we will shortly to get the tool on the fly. But right now I want you to see the options in the Option Bar. I'm going to go ahead and drag, and that rotates the image as you can see. So before the model had her head tilted forward, and now I'm tilting her head backward just so I can see how it looks.
I might decide that I want to temper the forehead at this point or bring out the shadows, what have you. I hasten to add. I am not actually physically rotating the image. In other words this is just a screen function. Just as zooming the image doesn't really make it larger, and scrolling the image doesn't really move it, rotating your view of the image doesn't actually rotate it. So it's still upright when we print it, when we save it and so on. Now you can rotate it to any degree you like. You can rotate her completely upside down.
If you want to get into some niche or crevice using the Edit tools, that's great. You can also see the rotation angle up here in the Options Bar. You can change that angle from the Options Bar as well. Check this out. You also have the option of rotating all open images when using the Rotate View tool if you turn this checkbox on. So now notice, if I drag her to let's say an Angle pay attention to my Angle value up there in the Options Bar, an Angle of -30 degrees and then I cycle through my Image windows, I'm going to see that they're all angled to -30 degrees as you see here, which looks really darn cool for Saturn actually but Water drops is also angled, they all are.
Once you get done working inside of your rotated view because you can use any of the tools inside this view and do any amount of work you want to. You click on the Reset View button. That should ostensibly reset everybody, and it did, because I have that Rotate All Windows checkbox turned on. Now I'll go back to Dark portrait. I'm going to turn off Rotate All Windows. I don't usually work that way. I just rotate a single image at a time. I'm going to go ahead and switch back to the Rectangular Marquee tool here.
So I can show you how to use this tool from the keyboard. So if you don't want to click and select the tool inside the toolbox, you can get it on the fly by pressing and holding the R key. So once again it's a spring-loaded tool. You get the tool as long as you have the R key down. Then you would rotate the image to whatever degree you want. You would release your mouse button. Then you release the R key. You go back to your formerly selected tool. But you no longer have that Reset View button in order to reset your view of the image. So what do you do? You just press the Escape key.
So the Escape key will take you out of several different modes inside of Photoshop, the rotated view being one of them. That's it folks. That's how you use the Rotate View tool inside Photoshop.
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