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Adding colors to sunsets and landscape photos with gradient maps in photoshop.

Here is a quick way to add colors and punch to landscape photos, sunsets, etc, unsing gradient maps in photoshop.

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- Open and image and go to Layer –> Adjustment layer –> gradient map

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- 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 :

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- Tweak and select the two colors you wish to grade your photo with, orange, yellow and red work nice for sunsets :

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- Note that you can always easily reverse the colors :

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Now we are going to use blending options, put the gradient map layer on ‘soft light’ :

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Adjust it’s opacity at will.

You can also duplicate this gradient map layer and select the blending mode ‘overlay’ :

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Adjust saturation at will.

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