Japanese Sword - How to make a Samurai Sword

 
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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13 Responses to "Japanese Sword - How to make a Samurai Sword"

 
Ben Lind Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on 01 Feb 2009 4:24:33 PM MDT
Wow, nice effect!

 
Digital Art and Drawing Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on 02 Feb 2009 9:02:30 AM MDT
Very nice tutorial.

 
Hakeem Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on 02 Feb 2009 5:58:28 PM MDT
Great skills, appreciated by learner like me

 
Allison Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on 03 Feb 2009 1:07:00 AM MDT
Creative tutorial! Excellent job.

 
Marcel Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on 03 Feb 2009 6:08:20 AM MDT
Were can you get the patterns your using...? I searched butt could find one that would fit right. Great tutorial a bit hard to follow for a beginner but I could figure it out.

 
bbbb Rating: ratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on 13 Feb 2009 9:00:34 AM MDT
looks awful. epitome of anime nerd

 
Business Cards Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on 02 Apr 2009 7:36:45 PM MDT
Oh my, that is one awesome samurai! I love the effects, the pattern, everything! Excellent tutorial, keep it up! Thanks!

 
Ian Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingempty Unrated
said this on 07 May 2009 3:18:56 PM MDT
wow thanks im doing a game dev course at college and im making a samurai sword so this will help me alot. thanks

 
Lochtar Rating: ratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on 23 May 2009 5:59:04 PM MDT
Impossible to follow our steps. Allot of things does not make sense. You tutorial needs much improvement.

 
Creative Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on 26 May 2009 3:52:07 AM MDT
I agree whit Lochtar the steps are imposibile for a beginner (hint here's 1 ) ,but the effect is awsom please work on the tutorial making it posibile for ever

 
farlakes Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on 03 Jun 2009 3:05:41 PM MDT
Nicely done..BUT the final result reveils some details u didn't mention in the tut.So..improvement is usefull.And i have to say..ur ?-watermark sucks,try to improve THAT,no..IMPROVE that

 
YKOC Rating: ratingfullratingemptyratingemptyratingemptyratingempty Unrated
said this on 28 Jul 2009 6:06:12 AM MDT
Even if I wouldn't argue about artefacts above the tsuka (handle) and a strange texture, this item just CANNOT be a sword. It loses more that a half of necessary parts of mounting. First of all, where did you loose tsuba (guard)? Proportions are not matched at all (mainly for habaki). It may be a funny japan-style artwork, but don't even try even to stay near japanese war culture.

 
ZMan Rating: ratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfullratingfull Unrated
said this on 19 Apr 2010 2:22:28 AM MDT
Very slick tutorial!




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