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Photograph Retouching and Visual Effects with Photoshop

A course by Mario Olvera
Photographer, Digital Artist, and Visual-Effects Specialist. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined November 2016
, Photographer, Digital Artist, and Visual-Effects Specialist

Learn to create hyperrealistic photomontages full of action and movement

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (774)
  • 14771 students

Learn to create hyperrealistic photomontages full of action and movement

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 97% positive reviews (774)
  • 14771 students
  • 13 lessons (2h 27m)
  • 12 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Intermediate
  • Unlimited access forever

Mario Olvera, a photographer and digital artist with extensive experience in photo retouching, draws inspiration from movies and video games to create hyperrealistic compositions bursting with color and detail.

In this course, Mario teaches you how to use Photoshop's tools creatively to take your photomontages to the next level with innovative photo-retouching techniques and impressive visual effects. Discover new ways to create realistic compositions with a cinematic touch, flawlessly incorporating all kinds of special effects.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparing to compose
  • U3
    U3. Lights Camera action!
  • U4
    U4. Grading and VFX
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by familiarizing yourself with Mario Olvera's work and his influences, and then explore the criteria he uses to select images for his photomontages.

Next, he reveals some of his go-to tricks and techniques for separating a subject from the background and laying out his composition. Find out how to work with guides to establish the perspective of your image, build your scene, and add light sources using different photos.

Discover the importance of color correction and learn how to apply it to seamlessly tie together all the elements in your final composition. Add the finishing touches by accentuating the highlights and shadows with the Dodge and Burn tools to enhance the sense of depth in your image.

Use layer adjustments to infuse your image with spectacular visual effects like fire, particles, and lights, achieving a dynamic composition full of action.

Finish up by following Mario's guidance to export your images and share them digitally.

What is this course's project?

Create a hyperrealistic composition featuring Darth Vader. Mario provides tips and several photos of the character in different poses to help you get started.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photographers, designers, illustrators, and concept artists from the world of film, video-game design, and advertising, as well as anyone interested in developing their digital-retouching skills with Photoshop.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Photoshop and its various features (adjustment layers, blending modes, layer masks, and clipping masks) is recommended, but Mario explains many of these tools in the course.

As for materials, you need a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed, and a graphics tablet is recommended. Don't worry about sourcing images for your photomontage; Mario provides all the high-resolution images you need to complete your final project.


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Mario Olvera

A course by Mario Olvera

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Photographer, Digital Artist, and Visual-Effects Specialist

There is nothing that makes Mario Olvera feel more at home than photo retouching. With immense dedication to his personal projects and nearly a decade of experience working for clients such as Tecate, Neutrogena, and Banorte, he has become a true expert in photo compositing, garnering attention from big names like Adobe. The software giant featured his work on its website's home page, making him the first Latin American artist to meet this milestone.

Olvera draws inspiration from science fiction, video games, and fantasy films to create hyperrealistic photomontages characterized by vivid color and meticulously crafted detail.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences and bases of the photocomposition
  • U2

    Preparing to compose

    • Materializing our imagination
    • Trimming our character
  • U3

    Lights Camera action!

    • Building our scenario
    • Detailing our scenario I
    • Detailing our scenario II
    • Color correction
    • Giving volume and drama to our character
  • U4

    Grading and VFX

    • Color gradation
    • Adding visual effects I
    • Adding visual effects II
    • The cherry of the cake
  • FP

    Final project

    • Photo retouching and visual effects with Photoshop

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific 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 teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're 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 text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Photograph Retouching and Visual Effects with Photoshop. Photography, and Video course by Mario Olvera Best seller

Photograph Retouching and Visual Effects with Photoshop

A course by Mario Olvera
Photographer, Digital Artist, and Visual-Effects Specialist. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined November 2016
  • 97% positive reviews (774)
  • 14771 students