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Secrets of Photomontage and Creative Retouching

A course by Carles Marsal
Graphic designer and visual artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined March 2013
, Graphic designer and visual artist

Learn professional techniques for composition, retouching and lighting for photographs

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.5K)
  • 29093 students

Learn professional techniques for composition, retouching and lighting for photographs

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.5K)
  • 29093 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 14 Lessons (2h 45m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Carles Marsal, graphic designer specialized in Matte Painting, will show you the techniques and professional tricks he uses to correctly integrate the different elements of a photomontage, reaching the highest possible level of realism.

After defining an appropriate composition, you will learn to retouch and integrate all the elements through a multitude of tricks with which you will make your projects look like you would have never imagined. An authentic arsenal of photomontage secrets at your disposal!

In this course you will delve into the world of photo retouching and to do it you will need to know how to work with layers, masks and brushes with Photoshop. As an introduction to this technique from scratch, we recommend the course " Matte Painting: creating photorealistic worlds s "by Carlos Marsal in which you will learn to create imaginary worlds with a photorealistic result that is only available in Domestika.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. I'm Carles, let's meet!
  • U2
    U2. Composition is everything
  • U3
    U3. Everything in its place
  • U4
    U4. The scene comes to life
  • U5
    U5. It does not seem real, it's real!
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will start getting to know Carles Marsal's photomontage works and the influences that inspire him a little better.

Then, from an initial idea, Carles will explain how to compose the image and you will learn to collect the basic graphic materials needed.

Once you have the basic elements, you will discover how to "remove what is left over and add what is missing" through professional selection tricks and vanishing points.

Then it will be the turn to bring the image to life by applying retouching techniques, corrections and color. To make the scene more realistic, Carles will show you the tricks of natural and artificial lighting that he uses to achieve a spectacular result.

What is this course's project?

You can develop your own photomontage project or improve one already made. The idea is that thanks to the course you can implement new techniques and be reflected in your projects.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To illustrators, designers, retouchers, digital artists, matte painters, conceptual artists, photographers and graphic designers and all kinds of people interested in learning the work method of Carles Marsal.

What you need

You must know the basics of Photoshop and work with layers, selections, masks and brushes. Anyway, during the course their applications will be seen, with which a basic knowledge and a minimum agility with the program is more than enough.

About the materials, you will need a computer with Photoshop, photographic resources and eager to get down to work. The use of graphic tablet is more than recommended but not essential.


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Carles Marsal

A course by Carles Marsal

Graphic designer and visual artist

Carles Marsal is a graphic designer and visual artist. She works for a wide variety of clients, national and international, doing graphic design projects, retouching and illustration. He also teaches courses and seminars such as Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor in Photoshop and conferences such as Adobe Influencer.

His projects have appeared in publications and events such as Adobe Photoshop Magazine, Belio Magazine, Abduzeedo, Kuvva, Desktopography, Barcelona Creative, Blanc Festival and Adobe Creative Days, among others.

In addition to this course, you can Carles Marsal taught in Domestika the course " Matte Painting: creating photorealistic worlds "to learn how to create amazing landscapes with Photoshop.


  • U1

    I'm Carles, let's meet!

    • Presentation
    • Inspirational influences
  • U2

    Composition is everything

    • Idea and composition
    • Preparing the base material
  • U3

    Everything in its place

    • Remove what is left over
    • Add what is missing
    • Accommodating elements through vanishing points I
    • Accommodating elements through vanishing points II
    • Selecting the inseleccionable
  • U4

    The scene comes to life

    • Retouching and corrections
    • Applying a color palette
  • U5

    It does not seem real, it's real!

    • Natural and artificial lighting I
    • Natural and artificial lighting II
    • Secrets for a spectacular finish
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Secrets of photomontage and creative retouching

What to expect from a Domestika course

  • Learn at your own pace

    Enjoy learning from home without a set schedule and an easy-to-follow method. You set your own timetable.

  • Learn from the best professionals

    Learn valuable methods and techniques explained by top experts in the creative sector.

  • Meet expert instructors

    Each instructor teaches what they do best, with clear guidelines, true passion, and professional insight in every lesson.

  • Earn a certificate with every course

    Get a personalized certificate signed by your teacher for every course. Share it on your portfolio, social media, or wherever you like.

  • Get front row seats

    Videos of the highest quality, so you don't miss a single detail. With unlimited access, you can watch them as many times as you need to perfect your technique.

  • Share knowledge and ideas

    Ask questions, request feedback, or offer solutions. Share your learning experience with other students in the community who are as passionate as you about creativity.

  • Connect with a global creative community

    The community is home to millions of people from around the world who are curious and passionate about exploring and expressing their creativity.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need for completing a specific final project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the instructor and other users, thus creating a dynamic course community.

  • The course is 100% online, so once they are published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

  • The courses are divided into different units, each one includes lessons, informational texts, tasks and practice exercises to carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You will also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the instructor and other students, and share your work and your course project, thus creating a community around the course itself.

  • You can now redeem the course you received, just access redeeming page to enter your gift code and redeem it.

  • You'll get your personal certificate as soon as you complete the course. You can see all your certificates under the Certificates section in your profile. You can download your certificates in PDF and share the link online. Learn more about certificates

Secrets of Photomontage and Creative Retouching. A Photography, and Video course by Carles Marsal Best Seller

Secrets of Photomontage and Creative Retouching

A course by Carles Marsal
Graphic designer and visual artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined March 2013
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.5K)
  • 29093 students