Step 8: Angled Saw Blade Placement, Blade Slot & Shadow
While building my Practice Composition, I found that the angle of the Angled Saw Blade in the photo I had taken was a little off from where I would’ve liked it to be, so I played with its angle quite a bit until I was happy with how it looked.
Having figured this out ahead of time, when I placed the final Angled Saw Blade image into the file all I needed to do was adjust it to fit the one in the Practice Composition without any fuss. To accomplish this I use the Edit > Transform > Scale, Skew and Distort functions to fit the blade image into place without multiple transforms.
After placing the Blade, I trimmed the excess height off that I didn’t need.
Once the Angled Saw Blade was in place, I create a Blade Slot on the layers under it so it looks like it disappears into the table. The diagram shows how this is done. I used Paths again to make the shapes, filled them with color and used the Burn Tool (O) to darken the orange shape and give it some dimension.