5 Must Know KeyShot Hotkeys

by | Jul 8, 2020 | 0 comments

There are many ways to streamline your workflow in KeyShot. Today, we’ll run through a list of the top 5 most helpful hotkeys to help you manage your scene and work with your models and materials more efficiently. Let’s dive in.

What are KeyShot Hotkeys?

KeyShot Hotkeys are keyboard shortcuts for certain KeyShot commands. Learning and using the KeyShot Hotkeys will complement and speed up your workflow in KeyShot. Access the Hotkeys Overview and their functionality by pressing the K-Key on PC or Mac. To customize the hotkeys, select Setup/Details… on the Hotkeys Overview window or select Edit, Preferences (Windows) or KeyShot, Preferences (macOS) and select the Hotkeys section.


Heads-Up Display (H-Key)

For our first hotkey, let’s show some info about our scene. Hit the H-Key on your keyboard. This will activate the Heads-Up Display in the upper left corner. This is full of really valuable information about your system and scene, including Frames Per Second, Resolution, Focal Length, render Time and Samples, and more. This information can be useful for gauging the performance of your scene or preparing it for final render. If you want to turn the Heads-Up Display off just hit the H-Key again.

Move Tool (Ctrl/Cmd-D)

Next, here’s a quick way to move parts in a scene. Click on what you want to move and then hit Ctrl+D on Windows or Cmd+D on a Mac. This will open the Move Tool. If you didn’t select a part, this hotkey triggers a dialog instead where you can select the part or parts you want to move. This is a nice shortcut because you don’t have to navigate to the Scene tab to find a part to move.

Retail Labels and Textures (Ctrl/Cmd Alt)

The third hotkey comes into play when dragging and dropping materials. If your model has a texture and/or label you want to retain, but need to switch the material from paint to plastic, hold ALT to retain textures and hold CTRL or CMD to retain labels. The part takes the new material, but retains the texture and label. Additionally, if you are a KeyShot Pro user, you have the option to hold Shift to add a material as a sub-material, which is also really helpful.

Isolate Selected Nodes(C-Key)

For KeyShot Pro users there are two important hotkeys for the KeyShot Material Graph. First, when you are working with different nodes and you want to isolate a specific node to see what effect it has to the part, press the C-Key. This shows only the properties of the selected node, so you can isolate and adjust the node as needed.

Execute Geometry (Alt+G)

If you apply a Fuzz material or use another Geometry node you will often make updates to the settings and want to see your changes in the Real-time View. If you press Alt+G, KeyShot will update your model and save you from needing to click the Execute Geometry button.

These are 5 great hotkeys to aid your workflow but, as mentioned earlier, press the K-Key to pull up the entire list of Hotkeys, save the image and print it out or select Setup/Details… to edit any of these hotkeys. To learn more about KeyShot Hotkeys visit the KeyShot manual.

What Can You Create?

We would love to see what you create with this tip. Visit the KeyShot Amazing Shots forum to see what others are creating and share your own work. And if you have a suggestion for another tip share it in the comments below.

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