How to Move the Transformation Tool Rotation Point

In this lesson, we’ll learn about

  • The Transformation Tool Rotation Point
  • Why & How to Move the Rotation Point on Elements
  • Changing the Rotation Point on Papers


Transformation Tool Rotation Point

I’m sure when you have used the Transformation Tool,  you’ve noticed the little plus on a circle right in the middle of the selection, that’s the Rotation Point.  In case you don’t recognize the name, the Transformation Tool is the tool used to rotate, enlarge, or shrink an image, paper or element.  When you select Ctrl + T you’re selecting the Transformation Tool.  The Rotation Point is located in the center of the bounding box.  It’s very small and, depending on how busy an item is, it can be hard to see.  Here’s an enlargement to show what I’m talking about.



Why & How to Move the Rotation Point on Elements?

You may wonder why you’d want to move the Rotation Point.  In the example below, I’m adding some leaves to this journal card & flower.  When the item is placed on the layout it is placed in the direction the designer used when they created the item.  As you can see the Rotation Point is in the center in the top sample.



When the item is rotated, it’s as if the element is pinned down at that point.



In the bottom sample, I select the Transform Tool (Ctrl+T) then hold Alt to move the Rotation Point (Ctrl+T> Hold Alt> Drag).



Now when the item is rotated the “pinned point” is toward the bottom of the element. Of course, you can drag the elements where you want them after rotating them.  I placed these slightly to the side of the flower for demonstration purposes.



Now let’s look at another example using a ribbon and rotating from the center axis.



When the item is rotated it moves away from the other items in the cluster being created. I want the ribbon to stay under the flower so I’ll move the Rotation Point to the center of the flower (Ctrl+T> Hold Alt> Drag)



Now when I rotate the ribbon it stays right where I want it.



Changing the Rotation Point on Papers

It may be a little less obvious but papers can be rotated in the same way.



And the results will be different.



You may wonder why you’d want to change the Rotation Point to rotate papers. When clipping a paper to a photo box, on a new layout or template, you may want to show a specific area.



In the next example, I’ve added an area of the paper that includes a butterfly and some graph paper design.  But I’d really like it better if that were angled.



Using the original Rotation Point the butterfly and graph paper move away from or maybe all the way off the square I want it on.  Yes, you could then move the paper until it’s just right OR…



You can move the Rotation Point and get it right the first time. Ctrl+T> Hold Alt> Drag.



Voila!  That’s what I’m talking about.  (Finally, I lowered the butterfly design opacity slightly)



This can make things so much easier and save some steps at the same time.  If you are using Photoshop instead of Photoshop Elements, check out Snickerdoodle Designs tutorial using PS.

Kit: So Succulent
Designer: Scraptious Designs
Brush used on Journal Card designed by Snickerdoodle Designs

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