Here is a quick way to add colors and punch to landscape photos, sunsets, etc, unsing gradient maps in photoshop.
– Open and image and go to Layer –> Adjustment layer –> gradient map
– It looks a bit weird at first but don’t worry, click the arrow and select any gradient with two colors, liked red and green here :
– Tweak and select the two colors you wish to grade your photo with, orange, yellow and red work nice for sunsets :
– Note that you can always easily reverse the colors :
Now we are going to use blending options, put the gradient map layer on ‘soft light’ :
Adjust it’s opacity at will.
You can also duplicate this gradient map layer and select the blending mode ‘overlay’ :
Adjust saturation at will.