What is it?
I have a bad habit. I drop my horizons to the left. Sure, it isn’t as destructive as a heroin addiction, but it forces me go in and rotate my photos to correct for the sagging horizon. If I spend a day at the beach or lakefront shooting, that amounts to a lot of work. The rotate tool in Photoshop makes these types of corrections far easier than they were before.
In the past, rotating an image was a multi-step process. First you had to doubleclick on the background layer to rename it. Then you had to select the Ruler tool (did you know there was a ruler tool?) and drag a straight line. You get the idea.
The Rotate tool makes this process as simple as it should be. Select the Rotate tool from the Application bar near the top of the screen or use the keyboard shortcut “R”. Click and drag on your image to rotate clockwise or counterclockwise.
Why is it important?
The simple, quotidian commands should be easy. There’s no need for a photographer to have to remember four steps to rotate a document. Instead, it should be simple, effective and easy to use, just like the Rotate tool. I hope Adobe continues to refine Photoshop in ways that make the program simpler to use while making it more powerful.
Bonus Tip: In order for the Rotate tool to work correctly, you will need to have a supported graphics card. (No, that first generation iMac isn’t supported.) For more on GPU Acceleration and a link to a list of supported graphics cards, check out my earlier post on the subject.