This post provides tips and tricks for using marble textures in your 3D projects.
📌 Textures used: Poly Marble Texture Collection
Image 1: A beautiful interior featuring lots of beautiful marble.
Picture a luxurious, elegant room — what do you see? There’s a good chance you’re seeing marble, a quintessentially high-end material that adds an air of refinement to any interior.
Marble is very versatile and is used by designers in a wide variety of decors. Thanks to its clean and abstract look, it’s a perfect choice for large surfaces, and it’s often used to create a widening effect in spaces.
For all the same reasons, marble is a popular material in 3D modeling and texturing. It gives your models a realistic look and feel, and it can be used in a variety of ways.
In this post, we’ll discuss some tips and tricks for using marble in your 3D projects. We’ll cover everything from choosing the right type of marble to working with texturing techniques.
There are two ways to create marble textures for use in 3D modeling: with traditional texture painting techniques or by using AI to generate textures.
Different marble patterns are used to achieve different looks. The result you’re after will determine the type of marble texture you want to create
Popular types of marble include:
Carrara Marble: This type of marble is white or blue-gray in color. It is one of the most popular types of marble for use in interior design and has been used since ancient times.
Calacatta Marble: This high-quality white marble is characterized by its intense veining. It comes from Italy and is often used in luxury interiors — think hotel lobbies and high-end residences.
Statuario Marble: This pure white marble that has a flawless appearance and is very popular for use in high-end design projects.
Other popular types of marble include:
With Poly, it’s easy to create any marbled pattern or texture you can dream up: black marble with gold veins, impressionist or abstract marble, a weathered stone floor — the possibilities are nearly limitless. In this post, we will show you some of the most popular HD seamless marble PBR textures created with Poly.
|Black Marble Texture||Scarlet Red Marble Texture||Gold Marble Texture||White Marble Texture||Brown Marble Texture|
|Pink Marble Texture||Yellow Marble Texture||Beige Marble Texture||Grey Marble Texture||Sapphire Marble Texture|
|Blue Marble Texture||Black and White Marble Texture||White Gray Marble Texture||Green Marble Texture||Cream Marble Texture|
|Verde Indio Marble Texture||Golden Portoro Marble Texture||Mykalissos Grey Marble Texture||Terazzo Marble Texture||Emerald Marble Texture|
|Travertine Marble Texture||Calacatta Marble Texture||Carrara Marble Texture||Statuario Marble Texture||French Marble Texture|
Image 2: Poly offers many marble textures to work with.
The first thing to consider is the overall look you’re going for. Poly can generate a large variety of colors and patterns, so you’ll want to choose a texture that fits the overall concept of your design.
The second thing to keep in mind is the level of detail you need. Some textures are very detailed; others are more abstract. If you’re going for a realistic look, you’ll want to choose a texture with a lot of detail. If you’re going for something more stylized, you can get away with a less detailed texture.
The third thing to think about is the size of your project. Large models and surfaces require high-resolution textures to avoid pixelation.
With Poly Infinity, you can generate tons of high-quality and high-resolution marble textures, so you can create one that fits your project perfectly.
Poly’s 2D digital textures can be wrapped around any 3D model. Depending on the software engine used, there are different tools and techniques for adding a texture to a 3D model. The process of texturing within the 3D animation pipeline involves unwrapping, adding texture, correcting the shading, and rendering.
Once you’re familiar with it, this is a straightforward process, and textures are easy to use in any 3D modeling software — but the process is especially easy with programs that have parametric modeling capabilities. Compatible modeling engines include Unity, Unreal, Blender, 3ds Max, and SketchUp.
With this method, you can create intricate patterns and shapes that would be difficult to replicate with traditional methods. It’s important to mention that in the case of marble, placement is everything. Carefully placing the veiny structure is the key to having a realistic look.
When using marble on countertops or floors, you might want to add a few wear marks, too. These can be created by making a new layer on top and using a soft brush set to finish.
No matter how you choose to use marble in your 3D models, the important thing is to have fun and experiment. There are no rules when it comes to creativity!