Creation of Characters with Photoshop

A course by Alain Perdomo
Digital artist, photographer and retoucher. Alicante, Spain.
Joined July 2017
, Digital artist, photographer and retoucher

Use retouching to add phantasy and a bit of terror to your photographs

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (93)
  • 1586 students

Use retouching to add phantasy and a bit of terror to your photographs

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (93)
  • 1586 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Intermediate
  • 16 lessons (2h 54m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Photo retouching can do everything. Transform the image of a person into a character of a zombie movie, futuristic or what the imagination - and skills in Adobe Photoshop - can achieve. Alain Perdomo is a visual artist, photographer and retoucher passionate about mystery and drama and is dedicated to transmitting feelings with touches of fantasy and terror in his photographs. If in your first courses you teach to take your first steps with Initiation to photo retouching with Photoshop and then, go one step further with Photo retouching of fashion and beauty with Photoshop . Now it invites you to awaken your creativity and through retouching create the unimaginable.

In this course you will learn step by step the best professional touch-up techniques to create a fictional character with Adobe Photoshop. You will start from a photograph as a base, in which you will be working and creating a character in a meticulous way, shaping and adapting each part of his body to the final result you want to achieve.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Primary settings
  • U3
    U3. Assembly and composition of the elements
  • U4
    U4. Colorimetry, setting and final finishing
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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First you will meet Alain, who will talk to you about how his first ideas arose to develop his photographic and digital retouching style. You will know its first steps and the sources of inspiration that marked its beginnings as a professional, from series and movies to video games.

You will make the basic settings in Camera RAW to neutralize your photography and start working the retouching correctly. Then you will get to work. You will work the skin of the portrayed in Photoshop to clean and perfect it, mixing several methods that Alain will teach you to achieve an optimal result.

You will see how you must correctly configure the "liquefy" tool in the program to improve the aesthetics of the face and achieve that touch of fantasy that is imperceptible to the naked eye.

Then, you will learn about the assembly and composition of elements. In this case Alain will focus on creating the "Dark" style eyes and assembling the hands and a knife, adapting them to the body and integrating everything realistically. In addition, you will see how to create from scratch the blood in the different parts that you need from the image, taking care of many details.

You will focus on colorimetry, setting and final finishing, learning some of Alain's professional tricks to dramatize the image and give it a cinema-style finish; Then you will draw final details with light to get a finish with more volume.

Finally, you will select particle texture selectively and highlight details until an impeccable finish is achieved.

What is this course's project?

You will create a fictional character, transforming a photograph from the basic touch up to the final details.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To photographers and retouchers who want to experiment with a creative touch-up technique to create fictional characters.

What you need

You will need average knowledge of Adobe Photoshop. On the materials, you will need a computer with Photoshop installed and a photograph to intervene.


1586 Students
93 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

Alain Perdomo

A course by Alain Perdomo

Digital artist, photographer and retoucher

Alain Perdomo's work as a photographer and retoucher is mainly focused on cinema and advertising photography of fashion and beauty. Mystery, fantasy and terror are themes that often slip into their editorials, taking realism through photomontage.

He trained at the National School of Fine Arts in Havana (Cuba) and during his professional career he has seen his work on numerous occasions. His photographs have been awarded in different international competitions and he has collaborated with publications such as Digital Photo, Fashion & Look, Mac & PC, Eden or FHM, among others.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What will we do during the course?
  • U2

    Primary settings

    • Settings in Camera Raw
    • Cleaning and perfecting the skin I
    • Cleaning and perfecting the skin II
    • Smoothie
  • U3

    Assembly and composition of the elements

    • Creation of dark eyes
    • Composition and assembly of the knife
    • Composition and assembly of hands I
    • Composition and assembly of hands II
    • Creation of the blood I
    • Creation of the blood II
  • U4

    Colorimetry, setting and final finishing

    • Image dramatization
    • Drawing final details
    • Texture and final finish
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Character creation with Photoshop

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  • 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.

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Creation of Characters with Photoshop. A Photography, and Video course by Alain Perdomo

Creation of Characters with Photoshop

A course by Alain Perdomo
Digital artist, photographer and retoucher. Alicante, Spain.
Joined July 2017
  • 96% positive reviews (93)
  • 1586 students