How to Create a Beautiful Fantasy Sunset Effect in Photoshop
Adding a sunset effect to a photo can be done in a couple of easy steps, and makes a huge difference in a back-lit image. First, make sure the image is lit from behind so the sun is visible. After that, create a custom radial gradient to mimic the sun. The gradient color should be white, to orange, to red. Then, add a layer mask so the sun only shows up in small circe. Blur the circle with the gaussian blur, and the sun is complete! Follow the rest of the tutorial to color-match the image to the sunset.
Toning the Image to Match the Sunset
The next step is applying the sunset gradient to the image, it is important that the color matchs the rest of the photo. Use a ‘Color Balance’ adjustment layer and click on “Highlights’ to increase red and green levels, and to decrease blue levels. If needed, mask in the area around the sunset for better color matching.
Adding Blue to the Shadows
Blue and orange look great together, and adding color into the shadows of an image is a great way to introduce complimentary colors. To create this, start by making a new ‘Solid Color’ adjustment layer and choosing a dark blue. Change the blend mode to ‘Lighten’ and it will only show up in the shadows of your image.
This is my tutorial video: