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Want to make your own marble texture in Photoshop? In this guide I will show you step by step on how to create marble texture and easily recolor it.
How to Create Seamless Marble Texture Pattern in Photoshop
First create a new document. I am going to use the dimensions 1024 x 1024 px with 300 dpi and a white background.
Why this document size?
For this tutorial we are using the clouds filter in Photoshop. If you create a document that is a power of 2 then you will automatically get a seamless pattern.
After you have created your document go ahead and double click on your background layer to unlock it.
Next, go to Filter > Render > Clouds.
In the layer’s panel create a new layer and repeat the step above. Go to Filter and at the top you will see the previous filter – Clouds as a shortcut to click on.
With the top layer selected, click on Filter > Render > Difference Clouds. You will start to see a more grainy effect. Repeat this step for the bottom layer.
Next, with the top layer selected go to Image > Adjustments > Levels or use the keyboard shortcut (cmd/ctrl + L).
At the bottom of the graph you will notice three pointers. The farthest one to the left represents shadows, the middle represents midtones and the one on the right represents highlights.
Starting with the one of the right (highlights), slide the pointer to the left to where the curve begins.
Next, with the middle one (midtones), slide the pointer to the left to where it sits right next to the shadow slider. In the image you will notice that it gets lighter overall with a thin grainy line to help with the marbled effect.
Repeat this step with the bottom layer.
Next, select the top layer and in the layer’s panel change the blending mode to soft light.
With the bottom layer go ahead and create a duplicate of this layer. You can do that by right clicking on the layer and select duplicate layer. The keyboard shortcut is to Opt/alt + click and then just drag up and it will create a duplicate layer.
With the middle layer change the blend mode to screen and then go to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 degrees clockwise.
You now have your simple marble texture that you can turn into a pattern by going to Edit > Define Pattern.
To test your pattern, open a new document. I like to use 3600 x 3600 px at 300 dpi for digital paper.
In the layers panel click to add a pattern adjustment layer and select your newly created marble pattern.
Since we created the pattern with a document size using a power of 2 with the cloud filter it is already a seamless pattern.
You can easily scale the pattern up to get a larger scale look.
How to change the color of your marble texture
There are a few different ways to change the color of your texture.
Method 1: Using a Gradient Map
In the layers panel click to add an adjustment layer and scroll down to select – gradient map.
Click on the color spectrum. On the left side click on the little color box and then select the color area. From the color picker choose your darker, shadow color.
Do the same thing to the right side and change the color for your highlights. I recommend picking a lighter color that is near white. Photoshop will change the colors based on your gradient map range.
Method 2: Using a Hue/Saturation Layer
In the layers panel click to add an adjustment layer and select hue/saturation from the menu.
To add color you will need to click on the check box next to colorize. Adjust the saturation and hue slider to get the color you want.
Method 3: Color Fill adjustment layer
To change the color of the veining, in the layers panel click to add a solid color adjustment layer.
Change the blend mode for this layer from normal to screen. It is best to pick a darker color.
To change the color of the background, add another color fill adjustment layer, but this time change the blend mode to multiply. In this case it is better to pick a lighter color.
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