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How to make a seamless marble texture in Photoshop

September 3, 2019


Hello and welcome to another tutorial
from Elan Creative Co. I’m Cristina and in this week’s tutorial I will show
you how to create a seamless marble texture in Photoshop. Open Photoshop and create a new document. I’m going to start with a square canvas that’s 800 by 800
pixels. Make sure that the background is set to white and click Create to
continue. We are going to create a marble texture from scratch using Photoshop
filters. Before we get started, set your colors to the default option by
pressing on the Default Foreground and Background Colors button or by pressing
D on your keyboard. Also, double-click on the background layer to unlock it. The
first filter we are going to use is Difference Clouds. So go to Filter>Render>Difference Clouds. Add it again until you see these lines on your canvas. Now
go to Image>Adjustments>Equalize. This small change will make the light parts
of the image white and the dark parts black. Go again to Image>Adjustments>
Levels. Move this arrow from the middle almost all the way to the left. The
lighter parts of the image should be white and you should also see these
black veins. Press OK to save it. The next step is to duplicate your layer. So go to
the layers panel, right-click on your layer and select Duplicate Layer from
the menu. If the layers panel is not open, go to Window>Layers or press f7 on your
keyboard. We are going to add another filter so go back to Filter>Distort>
Twirl. Set the angle to 50 degrees and press OK. This step is actually optional
but I think it makes the marble texture look a little bit better.
Let’s rotate the top layer. So go to Edit>Transform>Rotate 90 degrees
Clockwise. The last step is to change the blending
mode of the top layer from Normal to Screen. This will be our marble
texture. It actually looks like real marble. So if you don’t want to edit it
anymore, just select both layers, right click on them, and choose Merge Layers.
Now I want to show you how to make a seamless marble texture. So with the
layer selected, go to Filter>Other>Offset. As you can see, Photoshop has already
entered the values of 400 pixels right for the horizontal value and 400 pixels
down. Now, you might remember that my canvas is 800 by 800 pixels so when you use the Offset filter, just enter half the value of your canvas. Press OK to save it.
The texture is not seamless yet. We have these lines in the middle of the
canvas. Now we are going to use the Clone Stamp tool to copy areas of the marble
and use them to replace these areas here where we have the lines. So set your brush to a larger size. I’m going to use 100 pixels I think it’s large enough and
bring the hardest down to 10%. So let’s look for an area that’s
similar to this area. I’m just going to hold down the Alt key and click on this
area to copy it and then I’m just going to click here to replace this. I think this
looks perfect. So you are going to have to do this for all the texture. The texture looks much better now so I’m
going to use the Offset filter again and as you can see there are a few lines on
the edges of the canvas. So I’m just going to use the Clone Stamp tool
again. Our texture is now seamless. So to define it as a pattern, go to Edit>Define
Pattern and enter a name here. Click OK to save it. If you want to test it, go
to file new and open a new canvas that’s larger than your marble texture. I’m
going to set the width to 1600 pixels and height to 1600 pixels. Now just
go to Edit>Fill and choose your marble texture. As you can see our marble
texture is seamless and you can use it on all your projects. So let’s go back to
this texture and recolor it. The easiest way to change the color of the marble is
by adding on adjustment layer. So go to the bottom of your layers panel and
choose Solid Color from the adjustments layer. I’m going to select this dark
purple and change the blending mode from Normal to Screen. This will change the
veins from black to this dark purple. Now I’m going to make this invisible and add
another solid color layer. I’m going to use this light yellow and
change the blending mode from Normal to Multiply. This will change the background
color. Now if you want to change the background color you should use a
lighter color and if you want to change the color of the veins you should use a
darker color. Thank you so much for watching. I hope you’ve enjoyed this
tutorial and if you want to see more tutorials please visit my blog or
subscribe to my channel. I released a new design tutorial every week. Goodbye!

28 Comments

  • Reply Charivari September 17, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • Reply Ada Uyumazer September 18, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I love it! Thank you! 🙂

  • Reply Leslie Ann Sartor September 26, 2017 at 2:28 am

    Great tutorial. I'm very impressed with your channel. Question, if I wanted to add some rose gold or metallic to some of the veins, would I just paint it in? Can you paint with styles? Thanks.

  • Reply Tehmine Ehmedzade October 28, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Liked your channel. Keep going on!

  • Reply Carrie Bannigan November 8, 2017 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! It saves me from purchasing ready-made prints now that I can do it on my own, yay!

  • Reply Naomi Gerritsen November 28, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Thanks ! it realo helpt !!

  • Reply DoJiMoDa January 21, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Damn you just saved me money 🙂

  • Reply Annika Beckmann January 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    Great tutorial. Do you know how to create a cool black marble look?

  • Reply GJCop February 15, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    If you use a resolution that is the power of 2 (512×512, 1024×1024 etc.) the image will already be seamless and you can skip the clone stamp part.

  • Reply Moozy February 16, 2018 at 12:12 am

    Great tutorial. Thank you!

  • Reply A Bare Soul February 19, 2018 at 11:20 pm

    Thanks for making this so easy to understand! #subscribed😀

  • Reply Kelly W March 3, 2018 at 4:12 am

    Amazing! You made this SO easy to follow and understand… thanks so much, very helpful. Thumbs up and a subscribe 🙂

  • Reply Tiffany Louann April 2, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Hey I found this through Pinterest and I fell in love but I use a program similar called Gimp and I was wondering if you knew if this can be applied to Gimp as well? Thanks! Btw the Thumbnail is GOREGOUS IM IN LOVE LOL

  • Reply Jessica Fleming April 7, 2018 at 11:50 pm

    I would love to do this pattern with a pink background and white swirls, is this possible? I can't work out how to do it!

  • Reply Doaa Abdalfattah April 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    You are amazing

  • Reply Kim Duncan April 10, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    When I get to the screen step, it doesn't give me the nice soft effect like yours at 2:11. I still have harsh dark lines around the border of mine. Is there an effect I can add on top to fix that? Or do you know why this might be happening? Thank you for your tutorials they are very easy to follow!

  • Reply Lorij April 13, 2018 at 8:51 pm

    This is a terrific video. I love all of your videos…you explain everything so well and at an enjoyable and perfect pace. Thank you so much! 🙂

  • Reply GlobalistEnemy01 June 24, 2018 at 3:42 am

    I tried​ it but there must be an issue with the newer updates because it turned all brown and grey no lines appeared.
    Update: Fixed it. You have to make sure your color mode is RGB. CMYK won't work!

  • Reply jingle bell June 24, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    Perfect, you saved my day Elan !

  • Reply Ken Doty July 18, 2018 at 7:28 am

    Hi Christina, your tutorial is excellent. I used it to create an 20 foot x 8 foot background for one of my clients. Your tutorial is exceedingly better than any other I have found. Thank You!
    The one suggestion I might add to save time is after the offset has has been completed one could use the spot healing brush (J) to fix the seams. Yet I do not recommend using it in a straight line. It is kind of similar to the clone tool yet it efforts blends in the edges.
    Again my hat is off to you in appreciation and the best of respect.
    Respectfully, Best Regards,
    Ken Doty: [email protected]

  • Reply Carissa Da Silva August 27, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    How would you create a black marble effect with black being the background and white swirls?

  • Reply robert goodwin September 25, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Hey, I know this is old by now, however, I watched a bunch of youtube videos on PS and I have to say these are by far the best. Clear, Decisive, and Great voice.

  • Reply jippalippa October 12, 2018 at 3:04 am

    Italian? 😉

  • Reply Creative Concepts October 18, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    The way you talk is soo satisfying

    Anyway its exactly what i was looking for.

  • Reply David Jarman March 3, 2019 at 11:16 pm

    Thanks heaps, this is something I've been wanting to figure out for YEARS… so obvious and simple!

  • Reply jaidurga S.R. April 19, 2019 at 3:16 am

    Hi, I'm new to Photoshop. Trying to follow your video but I'm stuck with using filters. Difference cloud filter is grey-ed out on a new blank document with the layer selected. But I find them enabled on an image. Can you help me fix this? Thanks

  • Reply ccaassiiooppeeiiaa May 24, 2019 at 5:16 am

    Who’s watching this now? I have CS6 and I looked everywhere but couldn’t find the cloud render filter 🙁

  • Reply Mitch Verelst July 11, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Hi, first this is great! One question is that I was trying to use this texture on an A3 size paper. But the look is great on same size canvas but as soon as your canvas is way bigger the texture is too busy. I tried making bigger ones but the render difference clouds doesn't seem to let me. So I tried 800×800 canvas and increasing resolution to get a bigger pattern. And it works a bit but not the expected result as in your 800x800px canvas. Any ideas?

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