Photoshop Tip – Rotate Brush Between Use

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This post was originally published in 2007
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I was never a fan of Photoshop brushes until I discovered a simple feature in the brushes palette which allows the rotation of a Photoshop brush before use. This is another post that will be old news for those who already know about the feature, but it could make your day if you don’t! As previously mentioned, I was never a fan of Photoshop brushes.� I couldn’t understand the fascination of a ‘rubber stamp’ style tool which placed down repeated instances of a shape.� This led me to create every effect manually and manipulate into shape with the Transform tool.� Until of course, I discovered that all along there was this little menu full of useful brush options, particularly an option to rotate the brush through 360 degrees allowing a variation of the brush to be placed each time!


The image above shows the 3 simple steps in accessing this menu; click on the Menu icon, select Brush Tip Shape, and then play with the compass style option to manipulate the angle of the brush.


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  1. I am one of those that you mentioned , you made my day.

  2. Janshi says:


  3. Claire says:

    absolute genius!! i did the exact same as you, but thats gonna save me so much time and aggrevation lol, thanks for that!!! =)

  4. yahoooooo says:

    thanks for this. i stumbled upon it and its going to make my work process so much faster now!!

  5. Nickie says:

    Thank you, thank you!! You made my day!

  6. strob says:

    thank you sooooooooooooooooo much!!
    i’m a newbie.. :)

  7. Jordan says:

    Learn something new everyday

  8. Anonymous says:

    Saved my Arse! ;)

  9. Kisani :) says:

    you haven’t made my day.
    youve made my YEAR!

    i love you so hard right now

  10. Jacob Cass says:

    Yet another thing I wish I knew in the past. I always had to make layers and then rotate them! Thanks…

  11. Brandon says:

    thank you so much I had no clue how to do this

  12. Tilly says:

    this saved me from going crazy XD thankyou :)

  13. Veronica says:

    Thanks so much!! I have been wondering about this! So useful – much easier now!!!

  14. Carl says:

    Didn’t know ’bout this at all! Was actually thinking about it yesterday so thanks, really helpfull!

  15. becky says:

    omg omg thanks sooo much 4 tht omg thanks xx

  16. Luis R. says:

    You really make my day !! its amazing !!! THANKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Sarkastik says:

    Haha I can’t believe I didn’t notice this. This will really save me time. I should probably have a closer look at all the brush presets. Thanks!

  18. David says:

    Wow…. Thanks, I had no idea I was rotating the layer… what a pain.. Thank you and I’m using your Tape Brushes in my newest design.

  19. khai says:

    thanks for this tips

  20. k.t says:

    ooou, you are best!! really!! because i had no idea, i was rotating the layer…thank you very much, because…now, i am clever xD

    and sorry for my english, but i am from the czech republic :)

  21. Blur says:

    Awesome! I’ve been looking for this a long time! Thanks for putting this on your site :D

  22. Jt Hollister says:

    Wow, this basic feature is hidden incredibly well! Just another example about how absolutely horrible Adobe is at UI design, and design in general…kind of ironic eh?

    Anyway, thanks a ton for pointing this design flaw out, it will save me immeasurable amounts of time.

  23. Bobby says:

    I hadn’t noticed that menu!! It will definitely be useful!!!!!
    Thanks you so much!!

  24. modernbedouin says:

    Thanks youve made my day too…thanks a bunch

  25. kaybee says:

    grrreat! you have no idea how much this helps me :)

  26. George says:

    Wow, thanks! This helps me a lot! (ima-newb)

  27. Daniel says:

    Hi, Thank you very much I was also doing the same free transform until I make some research to know how to turn the brush.

  28. Leah says:

    wow, thanks, you just saved me from HOURS of manipulating a calligraphic image.

  29. Karthikeyan says:

    This is the one i was searching so long and also wondering why Photoshop didnt have this feature…. Atlast i found out becoz of you… Hats off….

  30. joe says:

    thank god there is a way to do this. i knew there had to be but i couldn’t figure it out on my own. its a rather hidden feature :) thankyou!

  31. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much! I just Googled “how to rotate photoshop brushes” and your site came up first. You have definitely made my day!

  32. Shirley says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for the tip! You’ve made all my works so much easier.

  33. Margie says:

    OMG, you are awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing this, I am so glad I found it!!

  34. Arabel says:

    thanks for the great tip!

  35. Freelance says:

    thank you and thank you google for this result

  36. Alicia says:

    You absolutely ROCK!

    Thanks for being!


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