Surrealistic Photomontage with Photoshop

A course by Carlos Jimenez Varela
Photo composer. San José, Costa Rica.
Joined April 2019
, Photo composer

Learn how to generate surreal ideas and develop unimaginable compositions

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% Positive reviews (295)
  • 5843 students
Surrealistic Photomontage with Photoshop

Learn how to generate surreal ideas and develop unimaginable compositions

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 94% Positive reviews (295)
  • 5843 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 20 Lessons (3h 45m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, French
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Creating worlds that only exist in your imagination is possible with Adobe Photoshop. Carlos Jiménez - designer and publicist - has more than 20 years expressing his ideas in Photoshop, a tool that fascinates him by the possibilities he offers to visualize his ideas (after pencil and paper). His passion is surrealist digital photomontage, where he seeks to transcend reality and model it at will to achieve incredible compositions with realistic finishes.

In this course you will learn to develop your creativity and your photomontage skills through the execution of surreal ideas. You will develop an idea from beginning to end, covering the entire production and postproduction process of Carlos.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Surrealist ideas for photomontage
  • U3
    U3. Let's take the pictures
  • U4
    U4. The final surrealist photomontage
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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You will meet Carlos Jiménez who will tell you about his training as a graphic designer, his 15-year professional career as a creative director in advertising agencies and how he managed to specialize in his passion: surrealist photomontage. In addition, you will see its main influences between the different styles of surrealism from classical to modern exponents.

Carlos will teach you different systems for generating ideas. Next, you will see the different criteria to make a preliminary photo selection and then make a digital draft that will help you make decisions about composition, perspective, and what works best.

You will perform photographic preproduction. You will see the equipment, materials and props you need to develop the production of your set. Once you have everything, you will see some considerations to make your photo session and you will discuss basic lighting techniques that will be very useful. Then, you will make preliminary cuts to create a separate assembly with elements to facilitate the integration of the final piece.

Then you will work the final assembly. You will ambulate the background, correcting the distortion of the base photograph and retouching and / or expanding the ground and sky to give it more personality. You will integrate the elements based on the assembly made previously, and you will make sure of the colors. Next, you will work the lights and shadows of each of the elements.

Carlos will give you a series of tips to finish your piece correctly. Thus, you will correct details, perform the colorization to homogenize the photomontage and apply textures to some of the elements.

At the end of the course you will have learned different techniques to stimulate your creativity and make it a reality through photographic and photo montage production processes.

What is this course's project?

You will carry out a project of digital surrealist photomontage.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To people who want to stimulate their creativity through the generation of surreal ideas and learn photomontage techniques in Photoshop.

What you need

You will need intermediate knowledge of Adobe Photoshop management and basic notions of photography.

On the materials, you will need a camera - which can be from your smartphone or a reflex camera - and a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed.


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Carlos Jimenez Varela

A course by Carlos Jimenez Varela

Photo composer

Carlos Jiménez is a native of Costa Rica. It has a history of more than 15 years as Creative Director in advertising agencies, although training has been in Graphic Design. Passionate about photomontage, considered this a more accurate and closer to dreams or the subconscious technique graphic expression. He has worked for leading studios such as Sane Seven in England and Sagmeister & Walsh in New York

It is not considered a virtuoso of Adobe Photoshop, but it certainly is an expert in managing the program that has more than 20 years using professionally. Trust that your learning should be constant and as the software is updated, everyone should do it too.

His work of many years has borne fruit, as being published in different magazines and design blogs renowned as Lürzer's Archive several times. It has also been exhibited in galleries in cities around the world such as Spain, Morocco, France, Brazil, among others. He has also participated in international festivals and exhibitions Biennials of Design, such as Ecuador and Poland. It currently has more than 30 national and international awards and recognitions in creativity and design.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences I
    • Influences II
    • What are we going to do?
  • U2

    Surrealist ideas for photomontage

    • Conceptualization: Rules and systems to generate ideas
    • Preliminary selection of photographs
    • Digital draft & decision making
  • U3

    Let's take the pictures

    • Preproduction
    • Photo session: capture your images
    • Cut-outs & assemblies separately I
    • Cut-outs & assemblies separately II
  • U4

    The final surrealist photomontage

    • Bottom Assembly I
    • Bottom Assembly II
    • Integration of the different elements
    • Natural-looking lights & shadows I
    • Natural-looking lights & shadows II
    • Natural-looking lights & shadows III
    • Coloring, textures and final finishes I
    • Coloring, textures and final finishes II
    • Professional advice
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Fotomontaje surrealista con Photoshop

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Surrealistic Photomontage with Photoshop . A Photography, and Video course by Carlos Jimenez Varela

Surrealistic Photomontage with Photoshop

A course by Carlos Jimenez Varela
Photo composer. San José, Costa Rica.
Joined April 2019
  • 94% Positive reviews (295)
  • 5843 students