How to Tilt & Rotate Photos on Mac (2022 Update)

Learn how to fix upside-down or tilted photos with our tutorial on how to rotate photos.

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Has the Photos app saved a picture upside down? Or, did you take a photo at a strange angle, and you'd like to tilt the photo to improve its appearance? Here's how to rotate a photo and tilt a picture in the Photos app on Mac. 

Related: How to Crop Photos on Mac

Why You'll Love This Tip

  • Tilt a photo to an angle that's more aesthetically pleasing.
  • Rotate a photo that's been mistakenly saved upside down or sideways.

How to Tilt & Rotate Photos on Mac

Say you're editing a photo or video on a Mac and run into a problem; how do you fix a picture that is upside down? Or a photo that's sideways? How do you straighten a tilted picture? Here's how to tilt and rotate photos on a Mac. For more great photo editing tutorials, check out our free Tip of the Day.

Note: This is a different tip than how to mirror a photo.

  1. Open the Photos app, then open the picture you want to tilt or rotate.
  2. Click Edit.

    click edit
  3. Click the Crop button, then click the dial to the right of the photo and move it up or down to tilt the image. 

    click and rotate the dial
  4. Click Done to save your changes, or Revert to Original to get rid of them.

    click revert to original or done
  5. To rotate the photo, click the Rotate icon at the top of the screen until the photo is oriented to your preference. 

    click the rotate icon
  6. Click Done when finished, or click the Rotate icon until your photo goes back to its former orientation. 

    click done when finished, or the rotate icon to revert your changes

Now you can rotate photos on a Mac to your heart's content! If this tip was helpful, you might also want to learn how to zoom in and out of a photo on your Mac. This will make it easier to edit small areas of pictures and videos as you work. 

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, and has written hundreds of in-depth how-to and troubleshooting articles. She's a former Associate Editor for iPhone Life magazine, and has written for the Iowa Source, as well as web content for education marketing. Leanne has an associate's degree in education, with a focus on curriculum development, as well as a bachelor's degree in science. She has over nine years of experience with SEO, social media management, and web development and writing. Despite years of web work, Leanne is by no means an early adapter; she's only owned a smartphone for five years, which makes her highly sympathetic to the learning curve of new iPhone owners. She enjoys making reader's lives easier and putting her education experience to work by walking them through the most practical ways to use Apple devices, step-by-step.

In off-work hours, Leanne is a mother of two, homesteader, audiobook fanatic, musician, and learning enthusiast.