Rotate InDesign CS5 Objects - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

You can rotate an object in InDesign Creative Suite 5 by using the Free Transform tool or the Transform panel. Use the panel to enter a specific degree that you want the object to rotate. The Free Transform tool lets you visually manipulate the object on the page.

To rotate an image by using the Free Transform tool, follow these steps:

  1. Select an object on the page with the Selection tool.

    Handles appear around the edges of the object. You can rotate any object on the page.

  2. Select the Free Transform tool in the Tools panel and move it near the handle of an object outside the bounding box.

    The cursor changes when you move it close to the handle of an object. For rotation, you must keep the cursor just outside the object.

  3. When the cursor changes to the rotate cursor, drag to rotate the object.

    Drag the cursor until the object is rotated the correct amount.

Alternatively, you can use the Rotate tool to spin an object by following these steps:

  1. With the object selected, select the Rotate tool in the Tools panel and move the cursor near the object.

    The cursor looks similar to a cross hair.

  2. Click the cursor anywhere on the page near the object.

    The point that the object rotates around is set on the page.

  3. Drag the cursor outside the object.

    The object rotates around the reference point you set on the page. Hold the Shift key if you want to rotate in 45-degree increments.

You can also rotate objects by using the Transform panel. Here’s how:

  1. Select an object on the page with the Selection tool.

    The bounding box with handles appears around the selected object.

  2. If the Transform panel isn’t open, choose Window→Object & Layout→ Transform.

    The Transform panel appears.

  3. Select a value from the Rotation Angle drop-down list or click the text field and enter a percentage.

    The object rotates to the degree you set in the Transform panel. Negative angles (in degrees) rotate the image clockwise, and positive angles (in degrees) rotate the image counterclockwise.