A great use for GRADIENT MAPS!
 
Since my schedule hasn't been allowing me to record a longer-format tutorial like I've been wanting to do (and did try several times; The bloopers at the end are evidence of those attempts) I decided to split the tutorial for this image into a few parts. I actually think this is a smarter thing to do anyway, since I'm guessing nobody wants to sit through an hour long tutorial. I'm not funny or entertaining enough to pull that off just yet.Gradient maps! You might have heard of them, it's doubtful you've ever used them. Now I'm giving you a reason to use this wonderful function of Photoshop! Go have some fun, add  backgrounds to those pieces where you just put a solid background!As always, I welcome suggestions and request for specific tutorials.<3 all you pretty people