How to Create a Marble Background in Adobe Photoshop

Updated on March 28, 2019
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Lola Thomas is an avid design freak and loves working with Photoshop and Illustrator

Creating a Marble Background in Adobe Photoshop

If you're looking for a marble background for a design or image, but don't want to have to pay for a stock photo, then this is the tutorial for you. I take you through a step by step, simple process to create a background you can use without restriction in your designs, pins, or blog photos.

This tutorial is based on Adobe Photoshop CC 2019. If you have a different version of Photoshop there might be slight variations in how you can achieve the same effect.

Step 1

The first step is simply to create a new photoshop document. To do this I suggest starting with a document that is size 1024 x 1024 px. Be sure to set the background to white. Then click create to create the new document.

Step 1 for creating a marble background
Step 1 for creating a marble background

Step 2

The next step is very simple. Click in the bottom left corner on the default foreground and background button which is a small black and white box above the larger two boxes. This will set the colours used to their default black and white.

Before

After

Step 3

Next, unlock the background layer. This is done by double-clicking on it and clicking ok on the box that opens up. If the layers panel is not visible go to Window-Layers to bring it up.

Double click on the background layer to unlock it.
Double click on the background layer to unlock it.

Step 4

Now we're ready to start creating the marble background. Click on Filter-Render-Difference Clouds. Do this once and then repeat it so you have done it twice in total. You should then have an effect similar to the below:

Result after doing filter-render-difference clouds twice.
Result after doing filter-render-difference clouds twice.

Step 5

Next click on Image-Adjustments-Equalize. This will make the black veins of the marble stand out and the lighter pieces get lighter too. It should look similar to the image below:

Step 6

Next, we need to alter the levels to get the marble background effect. Go to Image- Adjustments-Levels and a pop-up box will appear. We are interested in the small arrow circled in the image below:

Move the arrow to the far left, almost to the end. You can play with the adjustment slightly to get the effect you want, but it should look something like this:

Step 7: Duplicate the Layer

The next step is to duplicate the layer. Do this by selecting the layer in the layers panel, right clicking on it and selecting duplicate layer. Then click on the duplicated layer to select it.

Step 8: Add Another Effect

The next step is to add another filter. Go to Filter-Distort-Twirl and in the pop-up box set the angle to 25 degrees. Click ok. This has the effect of slightly twisting the marbled effect making it look more realistic.

Step 9: Rotate the Duplicate Layer

Next, select the duplicate layer and go to Edit-Transform-Rotate 90 degrees clockwise. Your marble background should look something like the below at this stage:

Step 10: Change the Blending Mode

Finally, we need to change the blending mode on the duplicate layer from 'normal' to 'screen'. Do this in the layers panel as shown below:

Before

After

Final Result

This then gives you your final result of a realistic white marble background with dark veins through it. Save this to use throughout your projects.

Final Result: Marble Background

Final result of a white marble background with dark veins through it.
Final result of a white marble background with dark veins through it.

Let me know if you found this useful via the comments below!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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