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.

Rotating image

Below are the steps on how you can rotate your images in each of the major image editors and programs.

Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Paint
Adobe Photoshop
Picasa
The GIMP
Microsoft Word
Online services

Rotating an image in Microsoft Windows

All of the latest versions of Windows (Windows XP and later) can rotate images within Windows Explorer. Follow the steps below to rotate an image using Windows.

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Browse to the location of the image you want to rotate. If you are not sure where the image is located, try My Pictures.
  3. Once the image has been found, click the image once to highlight the file.
  4. If Windows Explorer is not showing the picture as a small icon (thumbnail), click View at the top of Explorer and select Medium, Large, or Extra Large icons.
  5. Finally, once the image file is highlighted and you see the image as a thumbnail right-click the image and select either Rotate left or Rotate right.

Note: Not all types of images support the above steps. If you do not have the option to Rotate left or Rotate right try one of the other suggestions mentioned below.

Rotating an image in Microsoft Paint

  1. Open the image in Microsoft Paint.
  2. On the Home tab, click the Rotate option.
  3. Select a Rotate option from the list and the image will be rotated.

Note: In Microsoft Paint, you cannot specify a degree angle to rotate the image. Only 90 and 180-degree angle options are available for rotating.

Rotating an image in Adobe Photoshop

  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.

Rotating an image in Picasa

  1. Open Google Picasa, 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.

Rotating an image in The GIMP

  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 toolbar.
  4. Click Transform
  5. Click on 90 CW, 90 CCW, or 180 degrees to rotate it accordingly.

Rotating an image in Microsoft Word

  1. Right-click on the image in Microsoft Word.
  2. In the Microsoft Word ribbon, click on the Format tab, if not already selected.
  3. In the Arrange section, click on the Microsoft Word Rotate Image icon icon.
  4. Select the desired rotate option from the list.

Using an Online service to rotate images

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 at the link below.

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