Go moody with a Gradient Map
THE ORANGE AND TEAL LOOK IS an extremely popular way of colourgrading movies. The idea is to make orange and teal the two dominant tones within the scene, allowing the orange skin hue to pop out against the cool, teal background. Here’s how you can get similar results in Photoshop or Elements.
GENIUS Duplicate your Gradient Map with Ctrl+J to get a stronger effect, and adjust the strength with the Layer Opacity slider
Add a Gradient Map Layer
Open your shot into Photoshop or Elements and go to your Layers panel (Window>Layers). Click on the Create new fill or adjustment layer icon and choose Gradient Map from the list that appears. In the Gradient Map panel that appears, double-click on the Gradient Editor. By default it looks like a long bar with a black and white gradient.
Blend your colours
Click on the Black/White preset, then click on the Color Stop on the left side of the gradient. In the Color Picker you can now set your teal colour (R:0, G:128, B:128) and hit OK. Then click on the Color Stop on the right side of the gradient and set a light orange colour (R:255, G:180, B:115) and hit OK. Now hit OK once again to close the Gradient Editor. Back in the Layers panel, change the blending mode to Soft Light. Then reduce the Layer Opacity until it looks good.