Creating Perfect Frosted Glass in KeyShot

by | Jul 23, 2012 | 0 comments

While updating some of our quick tips, I came across one about creating Frosted glass in KeyShot. We haven’t put it up on the blog before, so I thought why not post a little example with a .bip file for people to download and play around with themselves? Heck yeah! With KeyShot 3 we added nearly 700 more materials and with all of those some ‘Frosted glass’ presets of various colors. However, this shows you how to create it yourself with the Advanced material setting.

Perfect Frosted Glass

We’ve not talked about how to use the Advanced material option to create your own materials yet, so this is a perfect introduction to the settings you have and how to easily fine-tune the appearance of your material. This video was created showing KeyShot 2.3, but the adjustments and the effects are the same. The basic process to create Frosted glass in KeyShot goes like this.

  1. Double-click the part you want to change the material for to bring up the Material properties in the Project box.
  2. Select Advanced from the Material Type pulldown menu.
  3. Set the Specular Transmission (Transparency) to white.
  4. Set the Diffuse color to black (or near black).
  5. Set the Specular color to white to get rid of the black edges.
  6. To create the frosted look, increase the Roughness Transmission (interior surface roughness).
  7. To change the color of the glass, set the Specular Transmission to the desired color.

Here’s the frosted glass example file and here’s the video that shows how to do it step-by-step. To see how to add a label to a part like this, have a look at out last post on applying labels in KeyShot.

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Written By Josh Mings

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