Yeah I appreciate your feedback and I agree. Thing is, all this work I'm creating I'm not checking out any tutorials - however I found a YouTube who produces professional graphics which I will try learn and base things off (I can't download the packs as I have to pay for these)
However in the upcoming weeks / months if I can learn the techniques above my work should improve x100 more. (hopefully)
Edit - I'm using CS6 so compatibility should be fine.
I admit I'm so lazy creating all these new layers and overlaying with gradient maps / color lookups but it must be done eventually >.<
Some examples of work I admire -