Rotating and Flipping Options

Elements gives you several ways to change the orientation of your photo. To see what's available, in the Editor, choose Image —i* Rotate. You'll notice two groups of Rotate commands in this menu. For now, it's the top group you want to focus on.

In the first group of commands, you'll see:

• Rotate 90° Left or Right. Use these commands, as explained in the previous section, for digital photos that come in on their sides.

• Rotate 180° turns your photo upside down and backward.

• Flip Horizontal. Flipping a photo horizontally means that if your subject was gazing soulfully off to the left, now she's gazing soulfully off to the right.

• Flip Vertical. This command turns your photo upside down without changing the left/right orientation (which is what "Rotate 180°" does).

Note: When you're flipping photos around, remember you're making a mirror image of everything in the photo. So someone's who's writing right-handed becomes a lefty, any text you can see in the photo is backward, and so on.

Custom Rotate. Selecting this command brings up a dialog box where, if you're mathematically inclined, you can type in the precise number of degrees to rotate your photo.

Figure 10-5 shows these commands in action.

Figure 10-5. Even the most uncooperative cat turns somersaults for you if you use the rotate commands. Top row: From left to right, you see the original, the photo rotated 90 degrees to the right, and the photo rotated 180

degrees.

Bottom row: The photo flipped horizontally (left), and flipped vertically (right).

Figure 10-5. Even the most uncooperative cat turns somersaults for you if you use the rotate commands. Top row: From left to right, you see the original, the photo rotated 90 degrees to the right, and the photo rotated 180

degrees.

Bottom row: The photo flipped horizontally (left), and flipped vertically (right).

If you want to position your photo at an angle on a page (as you would in a scrapbook), use Free Rotate Layer, which is described in Section 10.3.2.

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