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Bill Gass wrote:
How are you removing your back grounds, layers, masks ?
My edges never look to sharp and straight but yours look really good.
The original is over blue sky...
...so that's fairly easy to select with the wand or color range selection tools. Don't forget to catch a bit of the area inside of a canopy where you should be able to see through to the background. Nothing kills a project like this faster than panels of pure white in a canopy where you should see blue sky (or in this case, flag) through the canopy.
"Refine Edge" helps clean up around the aircraft and inside of canopies.
"Invert Selection" flips the selection from sky to aircraft.
"CTL + J" copies and promotes the selected aircraft to their own layer
Open your background (US Flag) as a new file
"CTL A" selects the entire image
"CTL C" copies the entire image
Go back to your working image and select the layer just BELOW the aircraft
"CTL V" pastes the US Flag in as a new layer UNDER the aircaft
Try different BLEND MODES and OPACITY levels until the balance feels right. I generally like "OVERLAY" or "SOFT LIGHT" in order to hold the transparency of canopies and spinning props.