The second video shows how to paint an apple, in under five minutes.

What? Another apple? Yes, friends, I’m afraid so. You see, before we dive into painting an actual face, I want to show some basic techniques, so we start off with a simple apple. In this second video, I show you what the Opacity and Resat sliders are all about. The key to getting nice smooth skin without losing important details is to vary the brush size and the Opacity and Resat settings. By turning the Resat all the way to zero, you can turn any brush into a blender. Turn up the Resat value to bring in more information from the original (cloned) file. Lower the Opacity to keep the brush edges soft.

In the first video, posted last week, we looked at the “Quick Clone” method, which involves deleting the canvas contents, and then pulling in the image, via the brush, from the original image. In this second video, I show the method I usually use for portraiture: I paint directly on the cloned copy, instead of deleting it first. Take a look and see if you find this video helpful. I welcome your thoughts and comments. If something wasn’t clear, or there’s something you’d like to see, let me know. Thanks!