With our free marble texture download, you get access to a variety of colorful and black and white backgrounds to use in your designs. Not sure how to make them work? Follow along as we show you how to easily use the textures in your next design.
Invitations, whether sent digitally or via mail, aim to alert others of a special gathering, celebration, or grand opening. Capturing the essence of an event in such a small design may seem intimidating, especially if you don’t have access to professional design software, but with Shutterstock Create’s selection of free templates, fonts, and more, creating a compelling invitation has never been easier.
Learn how to make a stunning card with our online invitation maker and these handmade, totally unique free marble textures.
Step 1: Set Canvas Size
You can easily change your canvas dimensions in Shutterstock Create by clicking File > Create new > Blank Canvas to input either custom values in the Create custom toolbar or scroll to find your preferred size.
As a general rule of thumb, pixel dimensions work best for digital designs, while inches and centimeters work best for print designs.
To constrain or unlock ratios, simply click on the lock icon located in-between the width and height boxes in the Canvas > Resize canvas option.
For this tutorial, we’ll create an invitation design, so let’s start off with a size of 5 x 7 inches or 2100 x 1500 pixels.
You can also use a 5 x 7 inch canvas, or 1500 x 2100 px canvas, which is what we chose to do below. This ensures that a vertical texture fits to the canvas size.
Step 2: Upload and Edit Marble Background Texture
Head over to Images > Upload and select a file to import the marble background textures directly to your canvas.
These free marble textures are available in full color and B&W JPG, EPS, and PNG files. All of the JPG and PNG files are easily editable within Shutterstock Create.
Resize as needed with the blue corners, then adjust the filters or effects to alter the marble background.
To create a subtle yet luxe background, I imported Marble Texture_08.png. Then, I went to the Effects tab and added a dark blue Tint, adjusting the Fade and Tone.
You can experiment with various background colors combined with Create‘s assorted effects and textures to achieve an elegant yet subtle marble background.
Step 3: Draw Shape for Text
Solid shapes serve as a great boundary for text elements and important pieces of copy.
Head over to the Shapes button (Graphics are worth visiting too), then choose from a variety of shapes to bring onto the canvas.
Resize the shape with the blue circles to best fit the canvas, then navigate to the Alignment tool to center the shape horizontally or vertically.
Change the color of your shape from the Change color tab (this will pop up when you highlight the layer), then choose from a range of presets, or input custom hex codes.
You can also add an additional frame by clicking Shapes again, selecting the thin-lined square, and dragging to drop it inside the rectangle.
Subtle accents can make all the difference, especially on an invitation.
Step 4: Insert Text
When working with multiple strings of text, it’s best to set darker text against a lighter background to ensure legibility. When designing for invitations, it’s crucial that your text is legible to effectively communicate the specifics of the party.
For more assistance on the top dos and don’ts of all things fonts and typography, take a peep at these helpful posts:
And, of course, make sure your invitation covers the who, what, where, and whens of a get together.
Navigate to the Text tab then select Add Headline or Add Subheadline, depending on the content of the copy. Headlines are typically read first in a layout, then the subheadline follows.
When working with two or three fonts, go for a classic contrast of a sans serif (like Quicksand) and serif (like Playfair Display).
Create also has tons of pre-set font layouts if you need some more inspired direction.
Utilize the top Font toolbar to customize style, size, layout, and appearance. If working with multiple lines of copy, adjust the Line Height and Letter Spacing (living in the T with an arrow button on the top toolbar) as needed to create a coherent layout.
Use the handy Alignment menu again to ensure all pieces of text are perfectly centered within the invitation. As you drag each element, keep an eye out for the red lines to ensure symmetry.
As always, make sure all important details are listed within the invitation, such as the date and time, location, and RSVP information.
Your Design Is Ready to Download!
Click on the red Download button located towards the top of the program, then choose from select file formats and resolutions.
If you’re using this invitation online only, save the design as a JPG in High quality. If you’re set on printing the invitation, save as a PDF in High quality.
Designing a luxe invitation is effortless with our free, elegant marble backgrounds. Experiment with different applications and tools—such as shape masks and effects—to instantly elevate any simple design.
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License this cover image mockup via Look Studio and Shutterstock’s Marble Textures.