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Part 3. Basic Photo Fixing > Rotating an Image for Artistic Effect

Rotating an Image for Artistic Effect

Graphicartists call this type of rotation a Dutch angle. Perhaps the most familiar example is the nightclub poster with rotated glamour portraits of the performers. It's a great technique for adding flair to greeting cards and family Web pages.

With the picture in the active image area, choose Image, Rotate, Custom.

In the Rotate Canvas box, type a rotation angle in degrees (clockwise from 12 o clock; or, click Left for counterclockwise rotation).

Click OK.

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Auto-Adjust Canvas Size

Photoshop Elements automatically increases the canvas size to create a frame large enough to hold the rotated picture without reducing the image size. The area outside the picture is the current background color.


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Continuous Rotation

As an alternative, you can choose Image, Rotate, Free Rotate Layer and drag a corner to rotate the image continuously. However, this way does not increase the canvas size, and some cropping of the picture corners occurs.


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