What Makes KeyShot Different?

KeyShot is designed to make 3D rendering and animation easy. It allows you to apply the most accurate materials and real-world lighting incredibly fast in a powerful interface that provides advanced capabilities including the ability to see all your changes in real-time. So, what is KeyShot? And what does it help you do?

Focus on your design, not software.

KeyShot is extremely easy to learn and use to achieve photographic results in minutes through a simple, workflow-based interface with all the advanced capabilities for the most experienced 3D render professional.

With its interactive approach to rendering, KeyShot is extremely easy to learn and use. Anyone involved with 3D data can achieve photographic results withing minutes of opening the application.

Despite the seemingly simple interface, KeyShot provides the depth of functionality to satisfy the needs of the most advanced user. And due to a well designed and thought out user interface, even advanced tools are easy to learn and use.

 
EASY

Present your ideas sooner.

KeyShot brings visual speed and agility to the entire product development process, with the widest 3D file format support for a fluid workflow from concept to final product.

KeyShot is the only rendering application that is truly integrated throughout the entire development process. Through its unmatched import pipeline, KeyShot imports nearly any file format.

Due to KeyShot’s extensive partnership network, users of many CAD and 3D modeling applications can transfer data directly from their application into KeyShot while maintaining a link to their modeling session. Using KeyShot’s unique LiveLinking technology any changes made to the model can be transferred to the running KeyShot session and and the scene can be updated without any loss of work.

Whether you are using KeyShot during early concept presentations and design reviews or for final presentations, sales and marketing, or technical documentation, KeyShot allows you to start the work as soon as you have 3D data, and by the time you have the final product, you’ll be finished creating the most amazing visuals possible.

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FAST

Make it more realistic.

KeyShot materials go beyond physical appearance providing scientifically accurate properties for the highest quality visuals. Use a preset, an exclusive partner material or create your own.

KeyShot materials are scientifically accurate. Rather than having materials that are “physically based” like many other rendering applications, KeyShot materials reflect a physically accurate and easy to understand representation of materials and their properties.

Each material can be tweaked, coloured and textured showing every changed in real-time to give you the perfect materials for your scene. You can match measured materials using Cie-Lab colours and Gloss values or use digital representations from material providers such as Axalta Coating Systems, Mold-Tech, and Sørensen leather.

For material colour you can define your own using various colour spaces, or use industry standard colour libraries such as PANTONE and RAL. Materials can be shared through KeyShot Cloud, allowing you to tap into one of the largest online resources for rendering assets.

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ACCURATE

Access complete computing power.

KeyShot gives you the power and the choice to utilise either CPU or NVIDIA GPUs for rendering and the capability to scale linearly for unmatched performance.

KeyShot has the power to use all CPU cores provided or utilise the real-time ray tracing capabilities of the NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. Whether you use Windows or Mac, KeyShot will work on nearly any desktop or laptop right out of the box.

KeyShot is one of the few applications where you can switch from CPU mode to GPU mode with one click. You can choose to take 100% advantage of all physical and virtual CPU cores in your computer or utilise 100% of the GPU power available, scaling linearly in performance without ever tapering off when more CPUs or GPUs are added.

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POWERFUL

Light it up right.

KeyShot provides advanced lighting capabilities that create the most accurate lighting for simple studio shots or the most complex interior lighting.

KeyShot’s real-time render engine contains the most advanced lighting algorithms, completely changing what is possible for visualising interior spaces. In the same way that KeyShot changed the speed at which products can be rendered, this lighting algorithm provides the fastest, most accurate method for rendering complex interior lighting.

Scenes containing hundreds of lights and illumination through small windows can be rendered interactively without compromising quality or accuracy, and it all happens accurately in KeyShot without users having to adjust complex parameters such as the number of photons needed to render a given scene.

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ADVANCED

See your results instantly.

KeyShot is real-time rendering to the core. Not a mode. Not an afterthought. See everything as it happens. Every change from material and lighting to cameras and animation is seen instantly as you work.

KeyShot is the first rendering application that allows you to work in a fully ray traced environment from the beginning. Through the combination of progressive global illumination, multi-core photon mapping, adaptive material sampling and a dynamic lighting core, KeyShot delivers an interactive experience that results in photographic images instantly.

Every change you make – material, lighting, geometry – is instantly updated and allows you to evaluate the result within a few seconds. No switching back and forth between render modes, no endless waiting to see what the final rendering is going to look like. Just sit back and let the final image resolve in front of your eyes.

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REALTIME

Rendering

Features available in all versions of KeyShot

CPU Rendering

Real-time ray tracing using all available physical and virtual CPU cores that scales linearly as more cores are added.

Global Illumination

Indirect light bounces between 3D geometry and allows other geometry to be illuminated when under transparent materials.

Material Library

Over 700+ material presets from architectural, cloth, glass, and gem to liquids, metals, plastic, and wood.

3D Model Library

Add context and detail to your scene quickly using a wide variety of models with complete materials and textures.

Procedural Textures

2D and 3D procedural textures from cloth, mesh and scratches to wood, gradient, camouflage and occlusion.

Toon Shading

Create non-photorealistic renderings suited for technical documentation, patent drawings and more.

Material Templates

Patented technology to set up templates to automatically assign materials to the imported models on import to KeyShot.

Unlimited Resolution

Unlimited real-time and render output resolution with presets for common sizes and custom resolution creation.

Importers

KeyShot has the widest support for the direct import of over 20 native and neutral 3D file types.

GPU Rendering

One-click switch to GPU mode for real-time ray tracing using all available NVIDIA RTX graphic cards.

Focused Caustics

Show how light is affected by your materials with real world caustics immediately visible with a flip of a switch.

Texture Library

Access to textures for bump, colour, displacement, IES light profiles, OpenVDB, roughness, labels and more.

Exclusive Content

KeyShot includes exclusive content like Axalta Paints, Mold-Tech Textures, Sørensen Leathers, and Poliigon Textures.

Cutaway

Expose the inner workings of your design with dynamic cutaways, set what to exclude, and add animation.

Interactive Scene Tree

All parts, lights, cameras and animations in one place, with live search, filtering and grouping capabilities.

Rounded Edges

Turn sharp edges on an imported model into beautiful, small rounded edges and fillets with simple slider.

Camera Control

Simulate real world camera behavior with different mode and controls applied in real-time to capture the perfect image.

Plugins

A direct connection between 3D modeling software and KeyShot with many including LiveLinking.

Denoise

Deep learning noise removal on the Real-time View and render output for smoother results in less time.

HDRI Lighting

Light your scenes quickly. Drag and drop a KeyShot HDRI environment into the scene and adjust as needed.

Environment Library

More than 60 high resolution HDRI environments or edit to create your own with KeyShot Pro.

KeyShot Cloud

Search and share KeyShot assets including materials, HDRIs and backplates, and download to KeyShot.

Scattering Media

Add particle scattering like smoke and fog with density texture and VDB support or use to create interesting materials.

Interactive Labeling

Position labels on objects using their own material definition or adopted from the properties of the underlying material.

Patterns

Create 100s or 1,000s of independent model instances without affecting file size, memory or speed.

Shift Lens

Use the shift lens to adjust your vertical edges or use a single click to adjust them automatically.

LiveLinking

Through select KeyShot plugins, keep your geometry changes updated in KeyShot without losing any work.

Scientifically Accurate

Scientific accurate materials that represent properties like IOR, dispersion and subsurface scattering.

Physical Lighting

Add area, point, IES or spotlights by applying a light material to any piece of model geometry.

Colour Library

Enhance your materials by using industry standard colour libraries from Pantone and RAL, exclusively in KeyShot.

Favorites

Make collections of your favourite materials, colours, environments and textures for use in other scenes.

RealCloth TM

A powerful, new material type which allows the creation and visualisation of realistic woven materials.

Dynamic Texture Mapping

Map textures across bump, colour, specular, and opacity channels for the ultimate real-world appearance.

Image Styles

Create multiple image styles with tone mapping, curve, colour adjustments, or layers. View in real-time or adjust after.

Walkthrough Mode

Set your eye height and turn on ground/collision detection to move through your scene.

Network Rendering

(Add-on) Use your computer network to render your projects in a fraction of the time.
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Pro Features

Features included with KeyShot Pro, Pro Floating and Enterprise

Studios

Set up your own personal studios with any combination of cameras, environments, model sets and materials.

Displacement

The Displace geometry shader allows allows you to create 3D textures for enhanced realism.

Multi-Materials

Create multiple variations of your materials for quick colour comparison or advanced colourway creation.

HDRI Editor

Lighting presets and full HDRI control with light pins, blur, highlights and the ability to enhance or create HDRIs.

Real-time Region Rendering

Select and concentrate your computer power to render small areas of your scene and see the results in real-time.

Model Sets

Set up different variations of the models in your scene to show different model configurations or create colour studies.

Bubbles

Bubbles can be added and configured to create everything from foam to fizz.

Configurator

Use your material, model, and camera variations to create unlimited configurations.

Sun & Sky

Interactive Sun & Sky generation with date, time, and location, or place the sun where you need it in the HDRI.

Render Passes

For more post-processing control, KeyShot includes render passes, like clown, depth and normal pass.

NURBS rendering

For the ultimate quality and zero tessellation, KeyShot supports the import and render of NURBS data.

Flakes

Add any variety of flakes (square or spherical) inside your material or around it.

Stereoscopic View

Set up stereoscopic 3D viewing to view or work in 3D space with a VR Viewer or HMD.

Material Graph

Create advanced materials using KeyShot’s node-based editor to layer and animate materials and textures.

Render Queue

Store all your scenes prepared through the day and process the entire batch of when you’re ready.

Geometry Editor

A secondary OpenGL viewport that allows camera path movement and geometry editing of the imported model.

Fuzz

Add randomized, hair-like growth from the surface of any material, control length, density and more.

Perspective Matching

Interactive perspective matching tool that allows you to align the object in the scene with the photographed objects.

Scripting

Deeper functionality available through the Python scripting console to unleash the power of KeyShot.

3D Export

Export your scene as OBJ, FBX, GLTF, or STL to use in other software, view online, or 3D print.

Animation

Features included with KeyShot Pro, Pro Floating and Enterprise

Part & Camera Animation

Patented animation system to create part and camera animation using real-time setup and playback of your animation.

Zoom Animation

The Zoom camera animation allows for the dynamic change of the camera’s field of view for more dramatic animations.

Camera Path Animation

Create camera path animations by selecting existing views or dynamically creating the path in real-time.

DOF Animation

Depth of Field animation allows for the dynamic change of the camera’s focus distance and F-stop values.

Panorama Animation

Create first-person rotation animations with a click using the camera itself as the rotation pivot.

Camera Switch Events

Set up camera switch events in a single scene to quickly switch between multiple camera animations.

Curve Fade

Use a custom control curve to change between two colors, across a range of colors or change a material’s opacity over a specific duration.

Motion Blur

Create real-time motion blur with quick settings to deliver the ultimate realism when displaying moving parts.

KeyShotWeb TM

An add-on available for all versions of KeyShot

Interactive Visuals

Create web-ready, touch-enabled visuals directly from your KeyShot scene with an array of unique features.

Responsive Embed

When you embed your KeyShotXR, it sizes correctly to the width of a browser whether on desktop or mobile device.

360° Spherical Experience

KeyShotXR goes beyond turntable views. With KeyShotXR, create true, fully spherical 360° product experiences.

Preserved Image Quality

When you zoom in on your KeyShotXR, the image quality is preserved to ensure every detail is captured.

Touch Gesture Control

KeyShotXR is completely touch-enabled and works across mobile, tablet or larger touchscreen displays.

Interior KeyShotXR

A KeyShotXR that uses the camera itself as the pivot center to capture first-person view of the scene.

KeyShotXR Wizard

With six different KeyShotXR types, create turntable, spherical, animated or custom KeyShotXRs step-by-step.

iBooks Support

Advanced iBooks widget output to embed a touch-enabled product experience in Apple iBooks files.

The rendering speed you need.

Download KeyShot and see how fast you can create amazing photographic  visuals of your 3D

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