How can I rotate a single layer or a selection in an layer without rotating the entire image? I have researched all my PS books and the forums and cant figure out how to do this. I need to rotate a portion of a layer by an arbitrary angle.
Transform allows some contortions, but nothing that allows you to grab a corner and rotate around an axis. Image rotate arbitrary rotates all pixels in all layers.
Or, with the layer active, press Ctrl+T. Now move your cursor just outside one of the corner handles until it, (the cursor), changes to a two-headed, bent arrow. Click and drag to rotate, again holding down Shift for angle constraint.
<quote=Rags>"I have researched all my PS books and the forums and cant figure out how to do this."
Either you have really lousy books and only know of this forum, or you're too lazy to look, and can't be bothered to read.
The built in help files (F1) in Photoshop tell very clearly and specifically what the above replies told you, and any simple web search for "Photoshop rotate layer" would have pointed you in dozens of directions, some with photographs to illustrate how to do it...Ah, but then you would have had to look it up. This way it was presented to you with hardly any effort on your part at all. You'll never learn Photoshop well with that approach, but you may not really want to. Oh well, carry on.
Thank you all for the help. I was using free transform and overlooked edit-transform-rotate. I also thought that Ctrl-T was the same as free transform. I don't use keyboard shortcuts much because I haven't memorized them all.
Ol' Whozit, I did the research for two days. Apparently Im not only incompetent, Im also inept. Ive been using PS since V5.5 (three years). Currently on PS CS and love it. This April I attended a one-week class devoted to Photoshop. Anyone who claims to be proficient in all the features and functions available in Photoshop is more of a Buffoon than I. In the future I will limit my participation to forum groups (such as Nikonians) that are a little more civil.
I offered you help, as I know that visitors to this forum have all levels of ability and I try to be patient. PD has a very large feature set and, IMHO, it is possible to be quite an expert and still miss something that other people regard as quite basic.
Do stop by here again. For the most part, you'll get good help and you will learn a lot from reading other posts.