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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