Matte Painting: Creating Photorealistic Worlds

A course by Carles Marsal
Graphic designer and visual artist. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/13/2013
, Graphic designer and visual artist

Learn to Create Incredible Landscapes with Photoshop

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
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  • 8209 students

Learn to Create Incredible Landscapes with Photoshop

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% Positive reviews (636)
  • 8209 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 14 Lessons (3h 4m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese
  • Unlimited access forever

In this course, Carles Marsal will teach you to create photorealistic environments through his own technique based on the principles of Matte Painting. From an initial sketch you will be able to achieve a real scene through the use of photographs and the integration of these through brushes and correct lighting. The result will leave you amazed, you will play God!

Matte Painting is a digital technique that allows you to create any type of imaginary scenario from photographs and illustration and the correct mixture of these to obtain realistic results with an overwhelming level of detail. It is applied at a professional level in all types of fields, such as publishing, advertising, film and video games.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. I'm Carles, a pleasure!
  • U2
    U2. Ingredients for a new world
  • U3
    U3. Raising the foundations
  • U4
    U4. The secret is in the lighting and atmosphere
  • U5
    U5. I made it, I'm God!
  • FP
    FP Final project
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You will start getting to know Carles Marsal better, his works and influences.

Then you will learn to create a sketch that allows you to develop a Matte Painting efficiently and find the most optimal photographic resources.

Once you have decided on the imaginary world you are going to recreate, Carles will show you how to select, trim, assemble and integrate the montage of the scene and the keys to perfect lighting.

Then you will learn to give verisimilitude to the whole group, getting lights and shadows to coexist in harmony, adding depth and creating an atmosphere that helps to give character to the scene.

Finally, you will apply the last details for a hyperrealistic finish such as flash of bounce light, particles or the correct use of focus and blur.

What is this course's project?

You will develop your own Matte Painting project creating a universe imagined by you.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

To illustrators, retouchers, digital artists, matte painters, conceptual artists, photographers, graphic designers and all those creative people interested in photorealistic environments.

What you need

It is necessary to have very basic knowledge of Photoshop (work with layers, selections, masks and brushes), have the program, and graphics tablet. It is not necessary to know how to draw.


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Carles Marsal

A course by Carles Marsal

Graphic designer and visual artist

Carles Marsal is a graphic designer and visual artist. She works for a wide variety of clients, national and international, doing graphic design projects, retouching and illustration. He also teaches courses and seminars such as Adobe Certified Expert & Instructor in Photoshop and conferences such as Adobe Influencer.

His projects have appeared in publications and events such as Adobe Photoshop Magazine, Belio Magazine, Abduzeedo, Kuvva, Desktopography, Barcelona Creative, Blanc Festival and Adobe Creative Days, among others.

In the words of Carles "I am a person who loves what he does, so I bring all my skills, years of experience and infinite passion to take 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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Matte Painting: Creating Photorealistic Worlds

A course by Carles Marsal
Graphic designer and visual artist. Barcelona, Spain.
On Domestika since 03/13/2013
  • 100% Positive reviews (636)
  • 8209 students