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Japanese Sword – How to make a Samurai Sword

In this tutorial we are going to make a quite challenging tutorial. It’s challenging because of 2 things for me: first thing

is that I’m not using a tablet for this one, and the second thing is that the result must be real like. So the theme of this

tutorial is Japan and Japan war culture, and I have an idea: I want to make a samurai sword – the symbol of Japan war

culture.  So let’s start.




Create a document and etc. I recommend you to create wide format document.


I will start from creation of the gradient as my basic form builder. So here is my gradient:



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And here is the way I’ve used it. It’s just helped me to create some kind of form and lighting.



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Create a copy of the gradient layer.



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Adjust the tone of the layer copy using any adjustment you want: you can probably get another tone that differs from mine.



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Now a quite easy to do but hard to imagine method. I didn’t thought it was so effective after all.  Hold the Shift key (PC)

and make copies of the (red tone) layer dragging it a little bit to the side making something like plaiting.



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So see the plates batter and more real like add a drop shadow effect on each of this layer. Here is my drop shadow

definition:



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To make it easier you can just copy layer style from one layer to another.



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The step towards realism will be the transforming of some plates.



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Another step towards realistic look will be giving the plates some texture and pattern. So i will just use pattern overlay in

layer styles box.



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Use bevel and emboss to create a little bit of texture.



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A little bit of Chinese flower pattern will be a great decision.



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Layer overall opacity must be set to about 25% – 30%.



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Next step will be the making of the blade. I want to flip a trick here. I’ve flattened all the layers made a copy of my

background layer and cut the one of the layers in 2 pieces. Make a cut just where that blade should begin. So if you got me

right you should have only 3 layers now. Here is some a screen shot of my layer box.



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Make your canvas just a little bit wider on the left and just transform the blade” layer to the left too.



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Make a selection. In this stage you should get a reference for the blade. You have to know how the lights go and the shading

itself.



Make a new layer just now (the area must be selected). Overlay the area with white to transparency layer from up to down.



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Add some plates to the edges of the sword. You can make it with a brush or just selecting and filling the selected areas with

some color.



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The next and the final step will be the creating of that metal thing that basically holds the blade in tanto swords.



Create a new document or just a new layer on your working document.


So here is the explanation of the stuff I used on this thing.



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As you see – especially if you are working on the TFT display if the sword itself is nor separated from background for good.

So create a new layer choose black to transparency layer and just get rid of the background bugs just separating the sword

using blacks.



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And this is it on making a tanto sword in Photoshop.



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