Right up there with my other favorite Photoshop and InDesign features is the new CS4 Rotate View feature. Rotate View is an invaluable tool that allows non-destructive rotation of an InDesign spread or an image in Photoshop. It's great for CD/DVD digipak designs, complicated multi-fold brochures, really anything that needs to be rotated temporarily.
Photoshop's Rotate View feature allows free rotation to any angle. This is especially convenient for visually straightening crooked photos before cropping. To use the Rotate View feature:
- Open an image in Photoshop and select the Rotate View tool (it's the hand with the rotate motion).
- To freely rotate the image, click on your image and drag the image in the direction you'd like to rotate it. A compass appears and shows both true north and the current rotation.
- To rotate your image an exact amount, enter the amount in the Rotation Angle box.
- To clear the rotation, click the Reset View button.
InDesign's Rotate View feature is limited to 90° CW, 90° CCW and 180° rotations. To use the Rotate View feature:
- Open a document in InDesign and select View > Rotate View and choose 180° or one of the other angles. In the Pages panel, the rotated page or spread will display a little symbol next to it, confirming that spread is rotated.
- To remove the rotation, select View > Rotate View > Clear Rotation. The Rotate View command is also available on the fly out menu on the Pages panel.
Another huge CS4 improvement is Photoshop's sharp preview at any zoom size. It's not always as perfectly sharp as advertised, but it's so much better than before and another of my favorite CS4 features.