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Architectural Visualization Using Digital Collage

A course by PALMA
Architects. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2019
, Architects

Learn to model and build spaces through digital collage-style renderings

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (1.3K)
  • 33621 students

Learn to model and build spaces through digital collage-style renderings

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (1.3K)
  • 33621 students
  • 16 lessons (1h 46m)
  • 26 additional resources (15 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

There are many ways to represent an architectural project. Through experimentation, PALMA studio found its own distinctive style in collage, often using powerfully evocative images to represent its projects.

In this course, learn the foundations of the digital collage technique to represent your own architectural projects, using different programs and plug-ins for modeling and image editing.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Modeling
  • U3
    U3. Basic rendering
  • U4
    U4. Photoshop collage creation
  • U5
    U5. Other representation styles
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know the PALMA team and how they founded their studio. Hear about their journey so far and see some of their most prominent projects.

Next, learn more about the collage technique and how it has evolved over time before discovering some of the field's most influential artists. Familiarize yourself with how an architectural project works and the different ways to represent it.

Now it’s time to make a 3D model! Import the 2D plans to SketchUp and start raising the elements. Then, use basic figures to model the foundation: walls and slabs. Continue with the windows, doors, and stairs.

The program includes a huge library of default elements, most of all furniture. Explore the library and download resources for your project. Remember to add surroundings for context and urban elements for scale.

With your objects in place, add textures and edit them for the desired appearance. Discover everything you need to create your project renders before generating the images in a variety of sizes and formats for different uses.

Next, transfer these images to Adobe Photoshop to create a collage of your project by adding backgrounds and new textures. See the importance of using human figures for scale and greenery to liven up your compositions. Make some final adjustments to the light and saturation in your images to give them a professional looking finish.

Lastly, explore other ways to represent your architectural projects beyond collage. The PALMA team gives you some final strategic advice on how to present your project to a client to convey the value and essence of your work, in order to reap the economic rewards of its construction.

What is this course's project?

Learn the techniques and tools to create two collage-style images of an architectural project: a beach house.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Architects, designers, and creative minds looking for new and different techniques for representing their projects visually.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Adobe Photoshop is required, although there is a brief introduction to the different tools used in each lesson.

As for materials, all you need is a computer with AutoCAD, SketchUp with the V-Ray plug-in, and Adobe Photoshop.


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A course by PALMA

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PALMA is a young architecture studio located in Mexico City. They design comprehensive and customized solutions for each architectural obstacle; their approach is based on a detailed analysis of the immediate context and a design process that’s open to experimentation and exploration.

Their projects include the Pedregal de San Francisco community center (first place in an open call), the museography for the exhibition MXCD01-Presente by Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, and AROS, a children's playground in the Historic Center of Mexico City (winning project in the Urban Toys contest).


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What is the course about?
  • U2


    • Import 2D drawings to SketchUp
    • Base modeling (walls and slabs)
    • Windows, doors and stairs
    • Kitchen and furniture
    • Set and context
  • U3

    Basic rendering

    • Textures
    • Scene Composition
    • Image generation
  • U4

    Photoshop collage creation

    • Backgrounds and textures
    • Human scales and vegetation
    • Final details
  • U5

    Other representation styles

    • Other graphic representations
    • Recommendations with the client
  • FP

    Final project

    • Graphic representation of architectural projects

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

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    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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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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Architectural Visualization Using Digital Collage. Architecture, Spaces, and Design course by PALMA Best seller

Architectural Visualization Using Digital Collage

A course by PALMA
Architects. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined March 2019
  • 98% positive reviews (1.3K)
  • 33621 students