Rotating Layer Content Incrementally

If you need to rotate layer content very precisely, you might be tempted to step outside the transform bounding box and then drag the pointer clockwise or counter clockwise. Although this method is fine for quick-and-dirty rotations, it's not very reliable for precise rotations. Instead, use the following method, which allows for rotations in increments of a tenth of a degree:

1. Choose Edit ^Transform ^ Rotate, or press Ctrl+T (Windows), ^+T (Mac OS) to select the Free Transform command.

2. Click in the Set Rotation text field on the options bar and then use the Up and Down Arrow keys to rotate the layer content incrementally.

If changing values in increments of a tenth of a degree is too small for you, hold down the Shift key while using the Up and Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease the values in 1-degree increments.

You can also apply this technique to repositioning objects horizontally and vertically by clicking in the x,y text fields and then using the Up and Down Arrow keys.

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