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Rotating your images with Shortcuts

I spent some time playing around with the orientation of images. Instead of having to go to Image>Rotate Canvas>90° CW or 90° CCW, I set up actions for them. To do this, create a blank document. Once you have the document onscreen, create an action called 90 Degrees Clockwise and assign it a keyboard shortcut. Click on Image>Rotate Canvas>90° CW and then stop the action. Do the same for 90° CCW, and be sure that you place both keyboard shortcuts next to one another. It will make working with images a bit easier.



  1. Tony V 9 April, 2010 at 11:26 Reply

    For actions such as these, that are simply ones found in the menu, you can also go to Edit>Keyboard Shortcuts and assign keyboard shortcuts. The most difficult part of it is finding shortcuts not already in use.

    Setting up Actions is still a great idea though if you’d like to rotate in smaller increments (e.g. 10°) using the Arbitrary option instead.

  2. David Wills 13 August, 2011 at 04:12 Reply

    I found no keyboard shortcut for image rotation 90 degrees clockwise which I often use to turn photos the right way around off my digital camera.

    However Edit > Keyboard shortcuts (shortcuts for application menus > image) allows me to find 90 degrees clockwise then assign a shortcut myself. In the end I finally found a keyboard shortcut that was not assigned, SHIFT+Alt+”>”.

    It took me an hour to get there but it was worth it!


  3. Ajarn Spencer 28 November, 2013 at 06:37 Reply

    It used to be visible on the rotate image menus in cs5 showing the three keys needed as a shortcut. Autotone, Autocontrast, Autocolor, and image size still show the shortcuts on the top menutabs when you click on ‘image’, but for some reason (perhaps to make us get wristache), adobe have removed the display of keyboard shortcut for image rotation, which is of course almost as essential as the air we breathe when editing images.. what were they thinking?

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