How to rotate text in Figma

Need to know how to rotate text in Figma? Then you’re in the right place! In this quick tip tutorial, you’ll learn how to rotate a text object in Figma using several different methods and techniques. We will also go over how to tilt text in Figma, and how to flip text in Figma horizontally and vertically, and some other neat tricks!

You can follow this technique using any Figma project or you can create your own project from scratch.

What you’ll learn in this lesson

  • How to rotate a text layer in Figma
  • How to flip text in Figma
  • How to use vertical text in Figma

Follow along with us over on our UeyeDesign Youtube Channel:

Step 1: Create a new file in Figma

First things first, we will create a new file. You can do so either by clicking on the “+” (plus) icon next to drafts on the left hand panel or simply by clicking the “+” (plus) icon on the top right corner. Incase you don’t have any files created before, a button will appear in the middle of the screen “+ New File”.

Create a new file in figma


Choose to create a blank canvas. You can choose any other option (like iPhone 11 Pro Max or Desktop) and click the blue “Create file” button at the bottom right of the pop-up modal.


Select the frame option from the top left panel. The menu will expand and give you an option between a slice or a frame. Choose frame as an option.

You can also quickly access the frame tool by pressing the F key on your keyboard.


Simply click anywhere in the grey section of your figma file and drag your cursor to create a frame of your desired size. Figma frames by default have a white background and are named “Frame 1”.


To select the text tool in figma you can either select the “T” icon on the top left corner.

You can also quickly access the Text tool by pressing the T key on your keyboard.


To create a text layer and start typing – simply click anywhere inside the frame with the text tool selected and start typing your desired text. Here I’ve typed “My new text”.


Once you’ve typed your desired text – click anywhere outside the text or inside the frame. This will cancel the text editing and automatically select the text layer. If a layer is selected in Figma a blue outline box around the selected layer along with four identical squares will appear on each corner of the layer. This also gives you the dimensions of the selected layer in a blue box.

The first number shown is the width of the layer in pixels (PX) and the second number after the “x” symbol is the height of the layer.

You will also notice that this changes the properties panel on the right side of the screen. You can learn about the properties panel in depth in my article A Practical Guide to Figma’s Property Panel.


Now we are ready to rotate our text. There are two ways of rotating the text in Figma.

  • Manual Rotation
  • Easy to do
  • Faster
  • Intuitive
  • Inaccurate
  • Properties Panel Rotation
  • Accurate Results
  • Relatively Slow
  • More Control

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