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Japanese Sword - How to make a Samurai Sword
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By Jeka !
Published on 01/26/2009
 
Japanese Sword - How to make a Samurai Sword Japanese Sword - How to make a Samurai Sword
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.

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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