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I've been trying to describe this effect on google and got no useful results. Seems like its a mix between a tint via the overlay and the offset?

Here is another example, but the effect seems less pronounced.

  • 1
    Looks like a gradient overlay to me.
    – Hanna
    Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 8:00
  • There is a lens flare effect overlayed as well.
    – horatio
    Commented Nov 13, 2013 at 22:42

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As per my comment, this effect can easily be made with a gradient.

Below is an image that has had a Gradient Map applied (purple & orange) and had the blending mode set to Screen.

The potency of the effect is determined by the colors as well as the opacity. Playing around with different blending modes may also lead to some other cool results. enter image description here

  • @Dominic I can't, because it's not my question :)
    – Bala
    Commented Nov 9, 2013 at 9:56

Without testing, the result on the image you provided looks as achievable with :

  1. decreasing saturation
  2. applying cold photo filter
  3. adjusting shadows and highlights
  4. little bit of surface blur
  5. little bit of sharpness in the end

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