Marble effect in Procreate

The marble effect is one of the coolest effects that is wildly used in drawing and calligraphy. Creators love the marble effect because it catches the attention – the way colors are mixed is incredible and definitely makes you stop and stare.

In this tutorial, I will show you a step-by-step process of creating a marble effect in Procreate. It is very easy, and you can use the technique to create artworks, digital backgrounds, and social media posts.

How to create a marble effect

Watercolor brush

  1. First of all, we need to fill the canvas with different color strokes. For that, choose any brush you want (I used the Watercolor brush from the Painting brush set) and start making patches of different colors.
  2. Now, when you filled the whole canvas, we would start creating the marble effect, by using Liquify tool. Liquify warps the pixels of a layer in six different ways, which helps create interesting effects. It also works just like a brush and lets you paint your effects.
    To access it, go to Adjustments > Liquify.
  3. When you enter the Liquify interface, you will notice six different modes: Push, Twirl, Pinch, Expand, Crystals, Edge. For this tutorial, I will be using Push and Twirl, but I would highly suggest playing around with all of them to achieve fun results.

    So, tap Puch and start moving your pixels around the canvas. Then click on Twirl and twist your pixels around. Do it until you are happy with the results. 
    To exit Liquify tap on the Adjustment button. You can always apply more colors and enter back to Liquify to add more details.

Water brush

  1. Select the Water brush from the Elements brushset, use large brush size and full opacity. Then stamp your brush around the canvas, creating marble-like lines. Remember that some should be darker and some lighter for a realistic look.
  2. Now, go to Adjustment > Liquify to enter Liquify interface. The Liquify tool would help to enhance what we already have to make it look even more realistic.
    Using Push at 0% Distortion, move the pixels around the canvas. Then, increase the Distortion to approximately 50% and move the pixels around a bit more.
  3. Then choose Twirl and spin the pixels just a little bit.


I hope you enjoy this fun tutorial and learned something new! I personally love the marble effect as it looks so fun and can a pretty nice detail to your drawing.






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