photoshop creative

Tool Tip: Rotate with ‘R’ while using the Pen tool

Posted in:
Tips & Tutorials, by Mark White
February 18, 2013

How to rotate your image while making a path with the Pen tool in Photoshop

OpenGL in Photoshop

When using the Pen tool, hold the R key to activate the Rotate View tool and spin your canvas.

On the surface this may seem superfluous, but will likely prove to be useful for making intricate paths.

When you let go you’ll be taken back to the Pen tool. To level your canvas, hold R and press Escape.

You’ll need to make sure that you have OpenGL enabled through Preferences>Performance to use this tool.

  • muralikrishna

    when using the pen tool ,hold the R key then activate smudge tool,not rotate view tool.Is there any other shortcut to activate rotate view tool when using the pen tool?

  • muralikrishna

    it can be done with photoshop cs5…can’t cs3……

  • Does your website have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like
    to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some suggestions for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  • Nice post. I learn something new and challenging on sites I stumbleupon on a daily basis.
    It’s always interesting to read through content from other authors and use something from their web sites.