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How can I use Photoshop in order to rotate a bitmap image on the y-axis? I'm trying to make it so that the right side of the image will go "into" the screen, and the left side will go "out" of the screen.

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1. This is material 2. You're describing the Y axis, not Z. 3. turn you're image into a 3D Postcard in Photoshop Extended(3D > New 3D Postcard from Layer) and rotate it on the Y axis. More help in the manual:… – George Profenza Dec 2 '10 at 0:16

You should be able to simulate the effect by applying a perspective transformation.

The option is Edit > Transform > Perspective or you can grab a corner with Ctrl + Alt and then hold shift down while dragging


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In basic CS6 I had to first dupe my Background layer to a new layer, then transform that. Then obviously ditch the original Background and Flatten. – Chris Moschini Dec 30 '13 at 17:57

If you do actually want to rotate the z axis to create a 3D effect you must have Photoshop CS4 Extended or higher to do this:

  1. Select your layer, then the 3D menu (inbetween Analysis and View), and New 3D Postcard from Layer
  2. Toggle the 3D rotation tool, which is 4th from the bottom or press K for its shortcut key
  3. Rotate away
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This is the correct answer, at least for what "3d rotation" means to me. Clear and concise steps. – Clarus Dignus Nov 26 '14 at 21:22

You can also do a "lens correction." It's basically a perspective distortion. Go to Filter>Lens Correction

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If you have CS4/5 Extended you should have the "Vanishing Point" filter. Draw a box around what you want to turn (such as a license plate) and choose "Return 3D image to Photoshop" from settings and click ok. Then just scale it to size. It will work on most any rectangular or planar surface. We used it on a nearly side view picture of a car where the license plate was unreadable. After this rendering we had a clear view of the license plate (minus some distortion from the bolts). It was a near 90 degree rotation.

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you just need to skew the images I would search online for that there are tons of tutorials on skewing images with photoshop or gimp

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Edit - Transform - Rotate

Drag the little cursor in the centre of the image to where you want the rotation point to be.

Then drag the image around the rotation point by one of the handles or set an angle on the menu bar.

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This is a 2D rotation; OP wants 3D. – Hello71 Aug 25 '11 at 14:16

If you rotate a 2D image on its z axis,then it will become perpendicular to the plane of the canvas.
Thus the only visible image will be a line.

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Well, he's not talking about rotating the image 90 degrees? – TFM Jul 25 '11 at 22:44

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