New course: Introduction to Silhouette and Paint, Part 2

We’re excited to release the second part of our Introduction to Silhouette and Paint offering. This course, which follows up on SIL102, consists of seven classes, with five 16 bit EXR sequences and four diverse and complex shots that explore various manual and procedural painting techniques and workflows. Both Silhouette 2021 and Mocha Pro 2021 are available on the fxphd so you can follow along with the course.

In this course, you will learn how to complete a paint task from start to finish – from shot approach to the finishing touches. Part 2 is taught using the newly released version of Silhouette, v2021.0.1 and the Mocha Pro plugin v8.0.3. These two industry-standard programs provide refined and in-depth tools that create the highest quality results for Visual Effects and Post Production work. Incorporating the Mocha Pro plugin into Silhouette workflows exemplifies how complimentary these two programs are.

SIL103 jumps right in with a multi-step painting, roto and compositing class that folds in a Mega Plate created in Mocha to serve as an oversize clean plate. A beauty paint shot follows, revealing two unique ways to paint frequency separation. Next up is a shot incorporating Mocha’s PowerMesh feature to facilitate an alternate method for paint patching. The course closes out with a task that teaches how to approach and accomplish a shot that benefits from both frame-by-frame paint animating and creative procedural processes.

An overall focus of this course is to combine hand painting and automated methods as it’s rare to complete a task with just one solution. Thanks to Damien Vergez of FastFokus for the beautiful footage used in this course.


Katie Morris is a VFX digital paint and roto artist, supervisor and consultant with extensive experience in the visual effects film industry. She has worked on over 82 visual effects feature films including Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, all five Transformers films, Avengers: Endgame, Black Widow and most recently on season 2 of The Mandalorian. Katie has also collaborated on KMFX Scripts, a collection of Open Source custom scripts for Silhouette.