Draw a knife in Photoshop

Photoshop is a fantastic program, with which you can process not only photos, but also create real objects. In today’s tutorial, we will demonstrate how to create an image of a realistic knife that looks like a photo in Photoshop using vector drawing tools, layer styles, textures, and effects.

Total Result

Step 1. In the new document (dimensions 1000px x 1000px), create a new layer and name it “knife”. Using the tool “Pen” (Pen Tool) draw the shape as shown in the picture (1a) and fill it with any color (1b). Next, apply a layer style as shown in the figure (1c).

Step 2. On the “knife” layer, using the “Pen (Pen Tool) draw the shape as shown in the picture (2a). Click Ctrl + Enter, to create a selection. Next, click Ctrl + J to duplicate selection. Name the new layer “knife 2”, then apply a layer style as shown in the figure (2b).

Step 3. Click Crtl +J, To duplicate the “knife 2” layer and delete the layer style, name the new layer “knife 3”. Holding the C keytrl Click on the “knife 3” layer to select it. Next we go “Filter-Noise – Add Noise” (Filter> Noise> Add Noise), set the parameters as shown (3a). Further. Let’s go “Filter – Blur – Blur in motion” (Filter> Blur> Motion Blur) and set the parameters as in the figure (3b). Then, change the blending mode. “Overlap” (Overlay) and reduce the opacity of the layer to 40%.

Step 4. On the “knife 2” layer using the tool “Pen” (Pen Tool) draw a shape like in the picture (4a). Click Ctrl +Enter, to create a selection. Next, click Ctrl +J for duplication of selection. Remove layer style. Name this layer “knife 4”, then move it to the top of the layer “knife 3”, fill it with white color and reduce the layer opacity to about 70% (4b).

Step 5. Select the layers “knife”, “knife 1”, “knife 2”, “knife 3” and “knife 4”, press Ctrl + E, to merge all layers into one layer. Name the new layer “silver knife”. Create a new layer and place it above the “silver knife” layer. Name the new layer “hole”. Using the tool “Pen” (Pen Tool) draw a shape like in the picture (5a) and fill it with any color. Without removing the selection, go to the layer “knife” and press the key Delete (5b). Choose a tool “Rectangular area” (Rectangular Marquee Tool), then press the keys on the keyboard “arrows” down 3 times and 1 time to the left as shown in the figure (5c). Go to the “hole” layer, click Delete (5d).

Step 6. Apply the layer style to the “hole” layer and apply the settings as in the image below.

Step 7. On top of all layers, create a new layer and name it “handle”. Using the tool “Pen” (Pen Tool) draw the shape as shown in the picture (7a) and fill it with any color. Next, apply layer styles to this layer as shown in figure (7b).

Step 8. Click Ctrl + J, To duplicate the “grip” layer, rename the new layer, name it “golden grip”. Remove the layer styles for the grip layer and slide as shown in the image below.

Step 9. Create a new layer between the “grip” and “golden grip” layers, name the layer “golden grip 2” using the tool “Pen” (Pen Tool) draw the shape as shown in the picture below.
(Translator’s note: the manipulation at the end of the handle will depend on your shape of the knife handle)

Step 10. Merge the “grip”, “golden grip” and “golden grip 2” layers together using the keys Ctrl + E in one layer. Name the layer “golden handle”. Place the skin texture on top of the golden handle layer. Holding the key Ctrl + click on the golden handle layer to get a selection. Go to the skin texture layer and press the keys Ctrl + J for duplication of selection. Name the new layer “handle texture”.

Step 11. Using tool “Clarification” (Dodge Tool) and “Blackout” (Burn Tool) and a soft brush create the shadows of the grip.

Step 12. Create a new layer and place it above the “grip texture” layer, name it “line”. Using tool “Pen” (Pen Tool) draw a line as shown in the figure (12a). Set hard brush 2 px, then select the tool “Rectangle” (Rectangle Tool), right-click on the line and click “Run brush stroke” (Stoke Path – Brush) to draw a black line (12b). Apply layer styles to the layer, as shown in (12c).

Step 13. Click Ctrl +J, duplicate the “golden handle” layer. Rename the new layer, name it “handle noise”. Holding the key Ctrl click on the golden handle layer to get the selection. Next we go “Filter – noise – Add noise” (Filter> Noise> Add Noise), set as shown (13a). Next we go Filter – Blur – Blur(Filter> Blur> Blur). Then, change the blending mode to “Overlap” (Overlay) and lower the layer opacity to 15%.

Step 14. Merge all layers (except for the background layer), rename the layer, name it “final knife”. Next, click Ctrl + T, for transformation, as shown in the figure below.

Step 15. Click Ctrl +J, duplicate the “final knife” layer. Rename the new layer, name it “shadow 1”. And do the transformation. As shown in figure (15a). Next, go “Filter – Blur – Gaussian Blur” (Filter> Blur> Gaussian Blur), the settings are as shown (15b). Use the tool to make a selection like in the picture (15c). Click Ctrl + Alt + D, set “Feather the selected area” (Feather Radius as shown (15d) and click Delete. Next, reduce the layer opacity to 60% (15e).

Step 16. Create a new layer on top of the “shadow 1” layer, name it “shadow 2”. Perform the following steps.

Final result

Your final image should look like the image below. I hope you learned something new today and enjoyed your time!

Translator: Sadigaliyev Marat
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