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Rotating a layer with Free Transform

From: Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

Video: Rotating a layer with Free Transform

In this movie, we'll rotate this big glass layer so it matches the angle of the largest of the glasses in the background. I'm going to go ahead and turn that Glass layer back on, and then I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose Free transform. Or press that shortcut Ctrl+T, Cmd+T on the Mac. And I'm going to zoom out here so you can see. That we are faced with the proposition of a very large bounding box. One that is much taller than the canvas. So you're probably going to have to zoom out a few clicks to gain access to the handles.

Rotating a layer with Free Transform

In this movie, we'll rotate this big glass layer so it matches the angle of the largest of the glasses in the background. I'm going to go ahead and turn that Glass layer back on, and then I'll go up to the Edit menu and choose Free transform. Or press that shortcut Ctrl+T, Cmd+T on the Mac. And I'm going to zoom out here so you can see. That we are faced with the proposition of a very large bounding box. One that is much taller than the canvas. So you're probably going to have to zoom out a few clicks to gain access to the handles.

Now if you drag a handle you're going to go ahead and scale the image. And, you can squish it if you want to, like so. If you want to maintain the proportions, then you press the Shift key as you drag a corner handle. But you can see here that I'm now maintaining the squished proportions, not the original ones. If you want to rotate the image, you move your cursor outside the bounding box and then you drag. I noticed that, throughout I get that heads up display telling me the scale percentages, or in this case, the angle.

At this point I've pretty well messed things up very thoroughly here. You do have one level of Undo when you're working inside the Free Transform mode. So I'll press Control Z or Command Z on the Mac to take advantage of it. But I can't restore the size by undoing, so instead I'll go up here to the Options bar, turn on the chain icon. Which suddenly restores the original proportions. Then I'll click on the W in order to select that width value and I'll change the size to 100%. So I don't want to scale this image at all, but I do want to go ahead and rotate it, so I'm going to drag outside of the bounding box in order to do that, but now it dawns on me as is soft in the case.

That I can't see what in the world I'm trying to match. So I can't see any context where this rotation is concerned, because after all, the image is opaque. And that's the kind of thing that often times sends you pressing the escape key, because after all, if you press the five key at this point, you do not reduce the opacity to 50%. However, you can reduce the opacity on the fly manually Here inside the Layers panel. Notice all three blending options are available to us. So I can take this opacity level down, for example, to 50% if I wanted to.

But that's not what I want to do. Instead, I want to just drop out the whites. So I'm going to switch the Blend mode to multiply, which treats white as invisible. Now I'm going to drag the image so that the top-right corner of the glass that I'm working on meets up with the top-right corner of the glass in the template. And then I'll take this little target and move it to that location. And this target represents the center of the rotation, or if you will, the transformation origin. Now move your cursor outside the bounding box and drag, and you'll see that Photoshop goes ahead and rotates the glass around that point.

Not to give things away, but we're looking for an angle value of negative 24.0 degrees. and you can see it in that heads-up display. Even though it shows up as 23.99 up here in the Options bar, I'm going to go ahead and change it to negative 24. And then I'll press the enter key to accept the enter key, but before you press the enter key again, to apply the rotation, you want to check the interpolation center. So I'm going to click on what is currently the word bi cubic/g, and switch it from bi cubic automatic to just regular, good old bi cubic.

Because we don't want to be keeping on incremental damage And then I'll press the Enter key, or the Return key on a Mac in order to apply that change. Now, let's zoom in on the image to 100%, and see if we've got things lined up. It looks pretty good for me, but if you need to nudge your layer around a little bit, then you press and hold the Control key, or the Command key on a Mac, which gets you that Move tool on the Fly, and then you press the Arrow key. In order to nudge that layer around. And I've completely nudged it out of alignment.

It was looking pretty good there for a second until I made a mess of things, but I just wanted to show you how it works. At some point, you should see everything just kind of fuse into place, and when you do, you might want to go ahead and switch from multiply back to normal. So that you're seeing just the image that you're working on and nothing more. And then turn it off, and then turn it back on. And in my case, I saw a little bit of movement I think, so I'll nudge it again and then turn it off and back on. It's a little high. I'm just trying to show you how you can get things exactly aligned if you want to.

And then I'll turn it off, turn it back on, and it looks like we have alignment. I don't know, looks fine. Anyways, I'm going to switch that blend mode back, however, from normal to multiply, because after all, let me show you why here, I'll go ahead and press Shift+Tab in order to hide the right-side panels, and then press Ctrl+0 to zoom out. And notice, that this image is so huge, that it covers just about every shred of the template here, so it's covering the other two glasses, and it's going to be in front of the other two glasses, covering them up as well, after we create them, so press Shift+Tab to bring back those panels.

We want the Blend mode to long term be set to multiply, so go ahead and switch it like so, and we'll be able to see the image and the template at the same time. And that folks, is how you rotate a layer, with absolute authority, here inside Photoshop.

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Photoshop CC One-on-One: Intermediate

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  1. 2m 4s
    1. Welcome to One-on-One
      2m 4s
  2. 29m 46s
    1. The best of Photoshop automation
      35s
    2. Introducing the Patch tool
      3m 43s
    3. Using Content-Aware Patch
      5m 42s
    4. Retouching with Content-Aware Patch
      2m 5s
    5. Using the Content-Aware Move tool
      3m 9s
    6. Using Content-Aware Extend
      2m 4s
    7. The Content-Aware Scale command
      6m 35s
    8. Scaling in multiple passes
      2m 22s
    9. Protecting skin tones
      3m 31s
  3. 32m 55s
    1. Editing the histogram
      1m 50s
    2. The new automatic Levels adjustment
      4m 33s
    3. Customizing a Levels adjustment
      4m 53s
    4. Understanding the Gamma value
      2m 7s
    5. Opening up the shadows
      2m 48s
    6. Previewing clipped pixels
      3m 40s
    7. Retouching with Output Levels
      4m 25s
    8. Making channel-by-channel adjustments
      2m 19s
    9. Faking a gray card in post
      2m 51s
    10. Assigning shortcuts to adjustment layers
      3m 29s
  4. 57m 43s
    1. How sharpening works
      1m 38s
    2. Introducing the Smart Sharpen filter
      6m 56s
    3. Understanding the Radius value
      5m 20s
    4. Gauging the best sharpening settings
      5m 45s
    5. Addressing color artifacts and clipping
      5m 49s
    6. The Remove and Reduce Noise options
      4m 22s
    7. The Shadows/Highlights options
      7m 36s
    8. Correcting for camera shake
      6m 47s
    9. Sharpening with the Emboss filter
      5m 45s
    10. Sharpening with the High Pass filter
      4m 44s
    11. Painting in sharpness
      3m 1s
  5. 1h 9m
    1. Vector-based type
      1m 35s
    2. Creating and editing point text
      5m 58s
    3. Font and type style tricks
      7m 10s
    4. Type size and color tricks
      6m 42s
    5. Kerning and tracking characters
      8m 7s
    6. Creating and editing area text
      3m 50s
    7. Selecting and formatting paragraphs
      6m 36s
    8. Setting text inside a custom path
      5m 32s
    9. Creating text along a path
      6m 12s
    10. Adjusting baseline shift
      4m 45s
    11. Creating and stylizing a logo
      6m 49s
    12. Masking text into image elements
      6m 14s
  6. 57m 13s
    1. The other vector-based layer
      1m 39s
    2. Dotted borders and corner roundness
      8m 14s
    3. Drawing and aligning custom shapes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating your own repeatable custom shape
      5m 43s
    5. Selecting paths and isolating layers
      4m 11s
    6. Combining simple shapes to make complex ones
      5m 59s
    7. Cropping, adjusting, and merging shapes
      5m 50s
    8. Creating a soft, synthetic sparkle
      6m 22s
    9. Saving a resolution-independent PDF file
      6m 42s
    10. Turning a small image into a huge one
      8m 38s
  7. 1h 14m
    1. Depth, contour, and texture
      1m 28s
    2. Imparting depth with a layer effect
      9m 9s
    3. The power of the drop shadow
      7m 37s
    4. Modifying a layer and its effects
      6m 21s
    5. Saving custom default settings
      4m 12s
    6. Creating a custom contour
      8m 5s
    7. Introducing Bevel and Emboss
      8m 8s
    8. Multiple effects and multiple layers
      7m 45s
    9. Global Light and rasterizing effects
      8m 5s
    10. Gloss and surface contour
      6m 4s
    11. Adding texture to Bevel and Emboss
      7m 21s
  8. 34m 48s
    1. Styles store settings
      1m 38s
    2. Creating and applying a paragraph style
      3m 41s
    3. Redefining a style and styling a word
      5m 38s
    4. Creating and styling a placeholder style
      5m 43s
    5. Applying and creating layer styles
      5m 45s
    6. Loading and customizing layer styles
      5m 42s
    7. Merging and saving layer styles
      6m 41s
  9. 56m 48s
    1. Meet the transformations
      1m 55s
    2. Transformations and Smart Objects
      5m 46s
    3. Adjusting the interpolation setting
      5m 10s
    4. Rotating a layer with Free Transform
      5m 22s
    5. Scale, duplicate, and repeat
      4m 30s
    6. Creating a synthetic star field
      5m 20s
    7. Warping a logo with Arc and Flag
      5m 34s
    8. Distort, perspective, and skew
      4m 15s
    9. Using transformations to draw and correct
      7m 0s
    10. Bolstering text with layer effects
      5m 43s
    11. Adding highlights with Lens Flare
      6m 13s
  10. 43m 36s
    1. Removing the weight that the camera adds
      1m 7s
    2. The Warp and Reconstruct tools
      6m 44s
    3. Brush size, hardness, and opacity
      4m 29s
    4. The Pucker, Bloat, Push, and Twirl tools
      7m 12s
    5. Saving and reapplying Liquify settings
      4m 9s
    6. Lifting and slimming details
      9m 42s
    7. Warping legs, arms, and fabric
      5m 33s
    8. Improving a model's posture
      4m 40s
  11. 58m 46s
    1. Shoot in color, convert to black and white
      1m 55s
    2. Three ways to grayscale
      5m 36s
    3. Mixing a custom black-and-white image
      7m 31s
    4. Simulating an infrared photograph
      6m 39s
    5. Creating a sienna-infused sepia tone
      5m 38s
    6. Creating a hyper-saturated image
      5m 26s
    7. Introducing the Black & White command
      3m 16s
    8. Customizing the Black & White settings
      4m 50s
    9. Black & White meets the Channel Mixer
      7m 29s
    10. Infusing an image with tint and color
      5m 9s
    11. Grayscale and Split Tone in Camera Raw
      5m 17s
  12. 41m 34s
    1. The many ways to print
      1m 41s
    2. Using the test document
      3m 18s
    3. Print, position, and size
      5m 57s
    4. Description and printing marks
      3m 3s
    5. Establishing a bleed
      3m 44s
    6. Getting reliable color
      5m 54s
    7. Special printing options
      5m 1s
    8. Previewing an image at print size
      4m 16s
    9. Creating contact sheets
      4m 49s
    10. Creating a multipage PDF
      3m 51s
  13. 31m 9s
    1. Making Internet imagery
      1m 6s
    2. Introducing Save for Web
      4m 39s
    3. Creating the perfect JPEG image
      5m 14s
    4. Creating a high-contrast GIF image
      6m 23s
    5. The two varieties of PNG
      3m 57s
    6. Downsampling for the web
      5m 59s
    7. Adding copyright and contact info
      3m 51s
  14. 1m 3s
    1. Until next time
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