Are you familiar with the ‘Duplicate Layer’
After you have levelled, cropped, and adjusted you shot, Select the magic wand and select the sky, now most times not all the sky will be selected so press and hold down the shift key and click on the parts that haven’t been selected till the whole sky is selected except the plane. Right click on the area that you have selected and on the drop down menu click on ‘select inverse’ now only the plane is selected and you can sharpen the plane only as there is no need to sharpen the sky. After that create a Duplicate layer, Layer>Duplicate Layer. Say ok to that and then do your sharpening, Unsharp Mask (USM
). 50; 0.3 ; 0 Depending on the level of sharpening you need I would apply USM
about three times. A lot of photogs would have different settings for USM
but this is what I use and works for me. Once you have done your sharpening you then select your rubber, and you can adjust the level of opacity from 0-100%, again this will depend on how bad your jaggies are, and rub out the jaggies only. You can also rub out a bit of noise generated by the USM
on the body etc. On your second photo you would rub out the jaggies on the leading edges of the stabilizer and wings.
Once you’re happy with that go to layer and flatten image, select the wand again and click on the plane again to deselect. Save with max and that should be it.
Also when you crop and resize you should keep the ratio the same as your camera, 3:2
So your photos should be 1024 x 683 or 1200 x 800
Hope that helps
Paul has made a good point about centering, take note!