How To Create a Marble Background in Photoshop CC

How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC
How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

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How to easily make a marble background in Photoshop CC

How to easily make a marble background in Photoshop CC

How To Create a Marble Background in Photoshop CC

This might be a shocker, but I, like most bloggers, am kind of obsessed with all things marble. I occasionally love to use a marble background in my photos, but mostly love using it as an accent because I think it looks very beautiful and luxurious.

Since I have both Photoshop and Illustrator, and I’ve been dabbling with graphic design on the side, I thought I’d share with you all how to create a marble background in Photoshop CC. It’s super easy and looks beautiful if you want to create a Pinterest pin or any type of background really!

Step 1: File > New. Create a new document, and make sure your background is set to white. Also make sure your colors are set to default by pressing “d” on your keyboard.

Step 2: Filter > Render > Difference Clouds to make your document look cloudy. Do this step a couple times. (If you want the veins to have colors, change the foreground color each time you add a Difference Cloud. If you want it to be a gray/white marble, keep the default colors).

How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 2: How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 3: Image > Adjustments > Equalize to really make the white and black pop.

How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 3: How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 4: Image > Adjustment > Levels and play around with the input and output levels to lighten up the image and make the veins more vein like.

How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 4: How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 5: Duplicate your layer (Command j on MAC)

Step 6: Edit > Transform > Flip Horizontal — the new duplicate layer that’s on top

Step 7: Change the top layer’s blend mode to Color Burn. This darkens up the veins a little, and set the opacity between 50-60 to soften it up a little.

How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 7: How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 8: Duplicate the top layer again.

Step 9: Change the blend mode of the new top layer to Lighten and set the opacity between 50 and 60 again.

How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

Step 9: How to make a marble background in Photoshop CC

And that’s it. You have a marble background! Super easy, eh? Remember, your marble background will look different depending on how many times you applied “Difference Cloud” in step 2.

Would you like to see some more posts like these? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • So cool! I’d love to see more Photoshop/Illustrator tutorial posts geared toward bloggers!

    xoxo Jenn| http://www.beautybyjellybean.com

  • Ooooh it came out super cool! Thanks for sharing :)

    Mili | Sharmtoaster

    • Thanks Mili! I’m still a noob when it comes to photoshop LOL so I love sharing what I learn!

  • Wildfire Charm

    This is so easy and turned out amazing. Thanks for sharing xx

    http://www.wildfirecharm.com

  • Jennifer

    This is genius, and I’ve never seen anyone else offer a tutorial so thank you for sharing lovely! Definitely bookmarking this for a play later – I haven’t gotten over marble yet ;)

    http://www.barelytherebeauty.com

    xx

    • Jennifer

      I just had a go at this and got an error at step 6 saying it could not flip as the initial bounding rectangle is empty – do you know what this means? I’m not great at PS! xx

      • Thank you!!

        Hmm.. I’ve never gotten that error before. Did you duplicate the layer or just create a new one on top? If you duplicated it, the top layer should work because it’s not empty. If you just created a new layer then it’s empty and probably why it’s not flipping. Let me know!

  • The Sunday Mode

    That was a really interesting way of creating that effect. Thanks for sharing :)

    http://www.thesundaymode.com

    • Thanks! Do you have another way? I’m always trying to learn new ways since I’m such a newbie haha

  • Such an ingenious post! I’m going to try it out!

    MadeFromBeauty.co.uk