How do I rotate or turn an image?

Rotating, reversing, turning, or flipping an image allows you to correctly display an image that may have been taken with a camera at an angle or scanned in a scanner at a different angle. Below are the steps on how you can rotate your images in each of the major image editors.

Rotating image

Microsoft Paint users

  1. Open the image in Microsoft Paint.
  2. Click Image
  3. Click Flip/Rotate
  4. Once you've clicked Flip/Rotate this opens a box that allows you to flip an image horizontally, vertically, or rotate the image by 90, 180, or 270.

Adobe Photoshop users

  1. Open the image in Adobe Photoshop.
  2. Click Image
  3. Click Rotate Canvas
  4. Select 180, 90 CW, 90 CCW, or Arbitrary to manually specify your angle.


  1. Open Google Picasa and browse to the image location and double-click the image you want to rotate.
  2. Once the image has been opened click the blue arrows pointing to the left or right to rotate the image accordingly.


  1. Open the image in The GIMP.
  2. Use the rectangle marquee to select what portion of the image you want to crop.
  3. Click Image at the top of the image tool bar.
  4. Click Transform
  5. Click on 90 CW, 90 CCW, or 180 degrees to rotate it accordingly.

Microsoft Word

  1. Right-click on the image in Microsoft Word.
  2. Click Size and Position
  3. Under the Size tab and in the Rotate section set the rotation to 180° by entering 180 and clicking Ok.

Online service

There are also online services that allow you to flip a photo through your web browser. A good example of such a service is the free FlipMyPhotos web page found on the link below.

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