Food Photography Post-production in 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 professional techniques to create and retouch food images for advertising

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (157)
  • 3639 students

Learn professional techniques to create and retouch food images for advertising

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (157)
  • 3639 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 36m)
  • 17 additional resources (9 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

Looking to transform a food photo into a hyperrealistic, mouth-watering sensation? Join digital artist, photographer, and retouching expert Mario Olvera and learn to do just that.

In Photograph Retouching and Visual Effects with Photoshop , Mario explains the ins and outs of creating action-packed, hyperrealistic compositions.

In this online course, learn to create eye-catching, concept-based gastronomic images and integrate them into a professional digital composition. Explore advanced post-production techniques for preparing images that are sure to appeal to the palates of even the pickiest epicure.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Materializing our mind
  • U3
    U3. Get ready to immerse yourself in Photoshop
  • U4
    U4. Last details!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by learning more about Mario, his artistic references and sources of inspiration, his career as a visual artist, and his foray into photo retouching and creative food compositions.

Next, look for references to use as inspiration in the conceptualization process before sketching out your compositions. With your sketch in hand, decide whether to use stock images or photographs of the different elements. If you decide to use your own photographs, Mario offers a behind-the-scenes look at one of his shoots, showing you how to capture quality photos at home with very simple equipment.

After selecting your photos, use Adobe Camera Raw to retouch different values like the tone and saturation of the elements you want to highlight. Then, digitally beautify the food in your images and follow along as Mario explains the keys to giving them a professional advertising finish.

Additionally, learn how to trim elements so you can optimize the weight of your images or layers and, thus, work faster. Discover what a script is, how to install it, and how to cut with it. Next, create your composition document and add assets or actions, such as layers, before including a background for a bit of dimension and drama.

Mario then explains how to work with splashes so you can cut or transform them with the help of adjustment layers. Make your image even more realistic by generating shadows and volume and creating depth of field with blur filters.

Lastly, add the final details to your composition by applying a general color balance to ensure visual consistency between all the elements.

To wrap up the course, learn how to export and share your images on social media.

What is this course's project?

Create a digital food composition for an advertisement using your own photographs or stock images.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photographers, designers, advertisers, or any creative person who wants to learn new photography post-production techniques.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is recommended although not required.

As for materials, you only need a computer with Adobe Photoshop. A graphics tablet can considerably speed up your workflow, as well.


3639 Students
157 Reviews
96% Positive ratings

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 inspiration
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Materializing our mind

    • Brainstorming and sketching
    • Creativity is more important than the team: Photographic set and lighting scheme
  • U3

    Get ready to immerse yourself in Photoshop

    • Selection and development of our photographs
    • Cleaning and detailed retouching
    • Trimming items with script help
    • Composition of assets and fund in the final document
    • Fixing the backlight
    • How to trim and convert splashes
  • U4

    Last details!

    • Shadows, lights and blur
    • Last details and export for web
  • FP

    Final project

    • Food Photography Post-production in Photoshop

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Food Photography Post-production in Photoshop. Photography, and Video course by Mario Olvera

Food Photography Post-production in Photoshop

A course by Mario Olvera
Photographer, Digital Artist, and Visual Effects Specialist. Guadalajara, Mexico.
Joined November 2016
  • 96% positive reviews (157)
  • 3639 students