Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Liquid Marble Swirl Texture

Photoshop Tutorial: Create a Liquid Marble Swirl Texture

August 6, 2019 9 By Peter Engel


Hi it’s Kelly! Today I’m gonna show you how to make a really
cool liquid marble effect in Photoshop. I’ve been loving this texture lately. It’s so pretty as the background of a design
or in some subtle details. And it’s really easy to customize and to make
the color scheme fit your design. So let’s get started by opening a new file
in Photoshop and you can set the dimensions to whatever you want. I’m gonna do 2000 by 2000 so I have a square. And then next, drag in any image that you
have. I am gonna use this image of the ocean, and
it’s really just a starting point so feel free to experiment with different images and
find the effect that you’re looking for. I like this one because it has these whites
that will come up in the marble effect and I just liked how the tones go together. But yeah, you can use whatever you want! And then next, I’ll create a new layer so
that this isn’t a smart object anymore. I’m gonna select all and then copy and paste,
because I don’t need it to be a smart object and I just want everything on a new layer. Next I’ll go to Filter>Liquify. And this is the fun part! I would zoom out a little and use a bigger
brush, and then just start moving stuff around. At first it looks kinda odd like just a warped
image, but you can start to see some of that marble texture come up. So this looks pretty cool… Once you’re happy with the texture, press
OK. Next, I like to do a gradient map. So what the gradient map tool is (you can
find it right down here) it basically says to make the shadows one color and the highlights
another color. And you can get some really cool effects when
you’re playing around with this! So right now it’s black to white, but if you
change this to pink, that gives you a nice pink marble texture. Then you can play around with this also, it
looks nice as white but you could make it a darker pink or make this black. Or you could play around with having two different
colors. I’m gonna do a blue with my pink. Just play around with the colors and experiment
until you like the results. And then, I’m gonna select all and I’m gonna
do Copy Merged which kinda flattens all the layers and creates a copy based on everything
together. The shortcut is Command-Shift-C. And then
paste that into a new layer. I like to add a little noise just to give
it a bit more texture. So this 5% actually looks pretty good, but
feel free to make it a little higher if you want it to be grainier, or lower, or you can
even skip this step completely. And once you’ve added your grain, you’re good
to go! I would save this as a JPG. And now you have your beautiful marble texture! Thanks for watching! I can’t wait to see the marble texture that
you create. If you have any questions, let me know! And if you want more photoshop tutorials,
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know – I’m open to suggestions! I’ll see you next time! Bye!