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Matte Painting: Creating Photorealistic Worlds

A course by Carles Marsal
Graphic Designer and Visual Artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined March 2013
, Graphic Designer and Visual Artist

Learn to create incredible landscapes with Photoshop

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 29409 students

Learn to create incredible landscapes with Photoshop

In this course, Carles Marsal teaches you his own technique for creating photorealistic worlds using the fundamentals of matte painting. Working from an initial sketch, compose a realistic scene from photographs, and incorporate each element using Brushes and proper lighting. Unleash your creativity and get astounding results!

Matte painting is a digital technique that allows the artist to create any scene imaginable by perfectly combining photographs and illustrations to achieve hyperrealistic results with astonishing detail. It can be used at a professional level across a range of fields including publishing, advertising, film, and video games.

This course can be taken alongside Carles' other course Secrets of Photomontage and Creative Retouching, where you can take your professional composition, retouching, and photographic lighting techniques a step further.

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What will you learn in this online course?

14 lessons & 9 downloads

The sketch
20 minutes, 29 seconds
Setting up the scene
16 minutes, 21 seconds
Setting up scene II
16 minutes, 33 seconds
Integration of the set
13 minutes, 44 seconds
Working the shadows
18 minutes, 51 seconds
Incorporating the lights
15 minutes, 58 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 29409 students
  • 14 lessons (3h 4m)
  • 9 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

What is this course's project?

Compose a matte painting and create your own imaginary world.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Illustrators, retouchers, digital artists, matte painters, conceptual artists, photographers, graphic designers, and any creative mind interested in photorealistic landscapes.

Requirements and materials

Basic notions of Photoshop, like working with Layers, selection tools, Masks, and Brushes, are necessary for this course, as well as Adobe Photoshop and a graphics tablet. No drawing skills are required.


29409 Students
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Carles Marsal

A course by Carles Marsal

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Graphic Designer and Visual Artist

Carles Marsal is a graphic designer and visual artist who works with a wide variety of national and international clients on graphic design, retouching, and illustration projects. He also teaches courses and seminars as an Adobe Certified Expert and Instructor of Photoshop, as well as conferences as an Adobe Influencer.

His projects have been featured in publications like Photoshop Magazine, Belio Magazine, Abduzeedo, Kuvva, Desktopography, and at events such Barcelona Creative, Blanc Festival, and Adobe Creative Days.

Carles has said "I am someone who loves what they do, so all my skills, years' of experience, and infinite passion go into each project, without exception, as a new and exciting challenge."


  • U1

    I'm Carles, a pleasure!

    • Nice to be your teacher!
    • Inspirational influences
  • U2

    Ingredients for a new world

    • The sketch
    • Compilation of images
  • U3

    Raising the foundations

    • Setting up the scene
    • Setting up scene II
    • Integration of the set
  • U4

    The secret is in the lighting and atmosphere

    • Working the shadows
    • Incorporating the lights
    • Incorporating lights II
    • Correcting the color
    • General atmosphere
  • U5

    I made it, I'm God!

    • Details and finishes
    • Master touches
  • FP

    Final project

    • Matte Painting: creating photorealistic worlds

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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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Matte Painting: Creating Photorealistic Worlds. Photography, and Video course by Carles Marsal Best seller

Matte Painting: Creating Photorealistic Worlds

A course by Carles Marsal
Graphic Designer and Visual Artist. Barcelona, Spain.
Joined March 2013
  • 99% positive reviews (1.4K)
  • 29409 students