Creative Photomontage for Advertising

A course by Ricardo Salamanca
Art director. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined September 2018
, Art director

Learn to create fantastic scenes through manipulation of digital images with Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (122)
  • 2007 students

Learn to create fantastic scenes through manipulation of digital images with Photoshop

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (122)
  • 2007 students
  • 21 lessons (1h 35m)
  • 8 additional resources (3 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

One of the great advantages of photomontage is that it allows you to create incredible images whose only limit is your imagination. The designer and art director Ricardo Salamanca puts to the test the possibilities of this means of creation in each of his works, creating fantastic images for advertising campaigns that have earned him several awards at international festivals - such as the bronze in Cannes or the Grand Prix from San Sebastian, New York and London- and they have opened the doors to collaborate with clients such as WWF, Gandhi Bookstores, Amnesty International or Playstation.

In this course you will learn to create and edit images using visual language. Through the technique of photomontage you will erase the limits of communication, art and design creating amazing images that will help open people's minds.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Presentation
  • U2
    U2. Basic concepts of art and visual communication
  • U3
    U3. Mounting photos on the sketch
  • U4
    U4. Work of the main photo
  • U5
    U5. Final adjustment
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will begin by getting to know more about the work of Ricardo Salamanca, who will tell you about his most outstanding projects and his references within the sector.

You will learn key concepts of visual communication and discover the importance of the environment and the details of the images to give realism to the compositions.

You will plan the initial composition of your image, select the photographs you want to use in photomontage and make your first sketch.

Once you have the photomontage done, you will apply color, texture, lighting and perspective corrections.

Finally, you will create a background in accordance with the image that you have just created, so that the scene is more credible, and you will apply the final touches.

What is this course's project?

You will create a fictitious and incredible image from other images using the photomontage techniques that you will learn during the course.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

To designers, illustrators, photographers, publicists, visual communicators and any professional or amateur interested in learning to create incredible compositions from digital images.

Requirements and materials

It is advisable to have basic design knowledge.

With regard to the materials you will need: drawing material for sketching, a computer with Adobe Photoshop and access to digital images with which to create your compositions.


2007 Students
122 Reviews
93% Positive ratings

Ricardo Salamanca

A course by Ricardo Salamanca

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Art director

Ricardo Salamanca is an illustrator and designer. With his work he has won more than twenty awards in his native Chile and abroad: the bronze in Cannes, the Grand Prix of San Sebastian, New York and London, among others. He started studying design and his first professional job was in the advertising agency Ogilvy, later he worked as an illustrator in Leo Burnett, where he was 14 years and finally decided to found his own studio: Salamagica.

Salamagica is a studio of CGI and photographic production specialized in advertising that works with agencies, clients and independent producers around the world. They always seek to innovate and incorporate new and old methods to create unique pieces that range from classic hand-drawn and airbrush illustrations to 3D modeling.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Advantages of being able to make your own images
    • CGI, what is it?
    • Influences
  • U2

    Basic concepts of art and visual communication

    • Selection of secondary photos and details
    • Main photo selection and corrections before assembly
    • Importance of selecting images and creating a sketch before starting
    • Speak with images: optimization and synthesis to start communicating
  • U3

    Mounting photos on the sketch

    • Correction and creation of perspective
    • Shadow
    • Light
    • Match texture and grain of photos to achieve realism when integrating
    • Correction according to color: what tools should we use
  • U4

    Work of the main photo

    • File order
    • Shadow correction
    • Correction of lights (color) in the complete composition
    • Construction of the fund
    • Secondary elements and their relationship in the message
    • Adjust color, brightness and shadows for the main photo
  • U5

    Final adjustment

    • Final integration using photographic grain layer
    • Address the Mood
  • FP

    Final project

    • Creative photomontage for advertising

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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.

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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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Creative Photomontage for Advertising. Photography, and Video course by Ricardo Salamanca

Creative Photomontage for Advertising

A course by Ricardo Salamanca
Art director. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined September 2018
  • 93% positive reviews (122)
  • 2007 students