KeyShot 9 Now Available

by | Nov 5, 2019

We’re very excited to introduce to you today, KeyShot 9. There’s so much to love about this release and we’re convinced it’s going to open up ways for you to visualize like never before. Here’s a quick look at the top features but if you like, feel free to hop over to the What’s New page for a look at even more or the What’s New Guide to learn how to use all the new features.

KeyShot 9 Feature Highlight

How would we sum up KeyShot 9?

KeyShot 9 brings an array of advanced technology and features, such as one-click GPU-accelerated real-time ray tracing and AI denoise, scientifically accurate weave pattern design with Luxion’s patent-pending RealClothTM technology, an all new Fuzz geometry shader with intricate variation and fly-away fiber control, output for interactive web-based product configurators with KeyShotWeb, an extensively curated and optimized, high-quality 3D model library and much more.

We took a step back with KeyShot 9 and revisited our vision – to unlock the visual imagination throughout the decision process across all industries. With that in mind, we designed KeyShot 9 to help you open up the creative freedom in material, texture and lighting exploration, with the visual agility of an increasing array of output formats and integration options, and enhanced speed of thought through optimized scene setup and real-time interaction.

KeyShot 9 Overview

KeyShot 9 includes features and updates in four specific areas – import and integration, workflow and setup, materials and textures, and image and output. Within these four areas, KeyShot 9 introduces features and improvements that focus on helping you realize your ideas faster and unlock your creative freedom. RealCloth adds unmatched detail with all-new weave pattern control.

You’ll have more custom material control with the new Fuzz shader, generic (BRDF) material, contour procedural texture and curve control for material, part and camera animations. The new 3D model library brings curated, ready-made models for you to add context to scenes quickly, while a new streamlined import allows users to start creating sooner.

The new Tools menu makes Geometry, Material, and Camera tools more accessible and adds Material Import for VStitcher, Substance Painter, Vizoo, and X-Rite AxF to expand the import pipeline. With the new Web Configurator, you can turn the product configurators created with KeyShot Pro into interactive, web-enabled product option experiences for design review or customer point of sale. And completely new for KeyShot 9, representing a new era in rendering capability, is GPU Mode for GPU-accelerated ray tracing and Denoise for smoother render results faster.

All of these features are implemented with workflow in mind, and unique to KeyShot, whether it is import, material, and lighting setup with a simple drag-and-drop or enabling rendering capabilities and tools with one-click accessibility. KeyShot 9 brings all of this together to truly deliver unbound creative capability.

GPU Mode

KeyShot 9 introduces the ability to harness the full GPU-accelerated ray tracing power of NVIDIA RTX with OptiX. Available for both real-time rendering and local render output, KeyShot’s GPU Mode allows GPU resources to be accessed with one-click to take advantage of multi-GPU performance scaling and the dedicated ray tracing acceleration hardware in NVIDIA RTX-capable GPUs. You may toggle between GPU and CPU as needed. GPU ray tracing in KeyShot 9 supports the NVIDIA Maxwell microarchitecture found in the Quadro M6000 or GTX 980 and above with Quadro RTX 4000 or higher recommended. View system requirements here. Learn more about GPU mode here.

KeyShot 9 allows users to enable NVIDIA RTX GPU-accelerated ray tracing with one-click to take advantage of multi-GPU performance scaling. Image: Dries Vervoort


Denoise is a one-click Image Style option that works in both CPU and GPU mode to eliminate noise in the Real-Time View and render output. This deep learning denoiser reduces the time it takes to resolve a rendered image by interpolating and refining the image to achieve smooth results in less time. You can learn more about Denoise here.

Denoise in KeyShot 9 reduces the time it takes to resolve a rendered image to achieve smooth results in less time. Image: Esben Oxholm


RealCloth provides you with a completely new way to create and control woven materials, providing a level of visual fidelity that goes beyond the capabilities of any scanned materials definitions. The material type provides intricate control of the weave pattern (KeyShot Pro) and the ability to easily add flyaway fibers. New RealCloth materials have been added to the Library as well. You can learn more about RealCloth here.

The new RealCloth capabilities in KeyShot 9 introduce a new level of ultra-realistic weave and fiber control.

Web Configurator

KeyShot 9 now offers you the ability to create interactive, browser-based product configurators. A configurator is created in KeyShot using the specified models, materials, and Studios variations. You then chooses the Web Configurator output option to generate the content files that can be zipped and shared privately or hosted online for anyone around the world to view. You can learn more about KeyShotWeb here.

KeyShot 9 introduces KeyShotWeb and the power to generate interactive, web-based product configurators.

3D Model Library

KeyShot 9 introduces a new Model Library that allows 3D models with complete materials and textures to be added to a scene. All 3D models are easily accessed on KeyShot Cloud and may be searched, filtered, and added to any scene with a simple drag-and-drop. Models may then moved, duplicated, or have their appearance changed as needed. You can learn more Models here.

Adding context to a scene is easier than ever with high-quality, curated Models now available on the Cloud Library. Image: David Merz

Additional Features

here’s a lot more where this came from like the new, streamlined import dialogue with the ability to Enable quick import and Resolve Missing Resources. Many more material options are available through the new Generic material based on Disney BRDF, a new Contour Procedural Texture, and the new Fuzz geometry shader that allows you to add randomized, hair-like growth from the surface of any material. Custom Motion Ease adds finer animation control over part and camera animations with Curve Control also available for material property animations. You’ll also find many more user interface improvements, including a new Tools menu that now consolidates Geometry, Material, and Camera tools and includes the new Material Import tool for .u3m, .sp, .axf and other material format import. Integrations include a new Browzwear VStitcher plugin for apparel and garment rendering, Substance Painter texture import as well as Measured Material support for X-Rite AxF 1.6.

A thorough overview of all new feature highlights is available here. We invite you to try KeyShot if you haven’t already to see what the possibilities are. To see more of What’s New in KeyShot, click the button below. And once you’ve seen the great new features in KeyShot, check out the manual and What’s New Guide to see more details.



Ready for KeyShot 9?

If you’re on maintenance subscription or an education license, you can upgrade today for free. To upgrade your current license and see other options, visit For other questions about KeyShot 9 upgrades contact [email protected] or your local reseller, visit or, for questions about your current license, contact [email protected].


What’s New in KeyShot 9?

If you haven’t had a chance to see what’s new in KeyShot 9, there’s no need to wait. Our latest webinar goes through the major, new features of KeyShot 9 and gives you look at how they can be used.


 Show Us What You Create!

You may have seen some of the incredible shots on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or on the KeyShot Forum that KeyShot 9 beta testers created. We can’t wait to see what you create! Stop by the KeyShot – Amazing Shots forum board or tag us on one of the social media sites mentioned. Show us what you create!


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