What is KeyShot?
What Makes KeyShot Different?
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.
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.
KeyShot is powered completely by the CPU with no requirement for any type of special graphics card. With cross-platform support for both Windows and Mac, KeyShot will work on nearly any desktop or laptop right out of the box.
KeyShot is one of the few applications to take 100% advantage of all physical and virtual cores in your computer and will scale linearly in performance without ever tapering off when more cores are added.
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, colored 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 colors and Gloss values or use digital representations from material providers such as Axalta Coating Systems, Mold-Tech, and Sørensen leather.
For material color you can define your own using various color spaces, or use industry standard color 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.
KeyShot’s real-time render engine contains the most advanced lighting algorithms, completely changing what is possible for visualizing 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.
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 application 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 update the scene 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.
Leave them speechless.
Feature by Feature
Real-time Ray Tracing
Progressive global illumination with adaptive material sampling, dynamic lighting and focused caustics.
Light your scenes quickly. Drag and drop a KeyShot HDRI environment into the scene and adjust as needed.
Add area, point or IES light sources by applying a light material to any piece of model geometry.
Completely adjustable with color, angle, falloff and diameter, plus the ability to add stencils for gobo lighting effects.
Scientific accurate materials that represent properties like IOR, dispersion and subsurface scattering.
KeyShot includes exclusive content like Axalta Paints, Mold-Tech Textures, Sørensen Leathers, and Poliigon Textures.
Patented technology to set up templates to automatically assign materials to the imported models on import to KeyShot.
Enhance your materials by using industry standard color libraries like Pantone and RAL exclusively in KeyShot.
Create non-photorealistic renderings suited for technical documentation, patent drawings and more.
Interactive Scene Tree
All parts, lights, cameras and animations in one place, with live search, filtering and grouping capabilities.
Position labels on objects using their own material definition or adopted from the properties of the underlying material.
Dynamic Texture Mapping
Map textures across bump, color, specular, and opacity channels for the ultimate real-world appearance.
2D and 3D procedural textures from cloth, mesh and scratches to wood, gradient, camouflage and occlusion.
Create multiple image styles with tone mapping, curve, color adjustments, or layers. View in real-time or adjust after.
Expose the inner workings of your design with dynamic cutaways, set what to exclude, and add animation.
Add particle scattering like smoke and fog with density texture and VDB support or use to create interesting materials.
Show how light is affected by your materials with real world caustics immediately visible with a flip of a switch.
Turn sharp edges on an imported model into beautiful, small rounded edges and fillets with simple slider.
Create 100s or 1,000s of independent model instances without affecting file size, memory or speed.
Make collections of your favorite materials, colors, environments and textures for use in other scenes.
Unlimited real-time and render output resolution with presets for common sizes and custom resolution creation.
Simulate real world camera behavior with different mode and controls applied in real-time to capture the perfect image.
Interactive perspective matching tool that allows you to align the object in the scene with the photographed objects.
KeyShot has the widest support for the direct import of over 20 native and neutral 3D file types.
A direct connection between 3D modeling software and KeyShot with many including LiveLinking.
Through select KeyShot plugins, keep your geometry changes updated in KeyShot without losing any work.
Search and share KeyShot assets including materials, HDRIs and backplates, and download to KeyShot.
Set up your own personal studios with any combination of cameras, environments, model sets and materials.
Set up different variations of the models in your scene to show different model configurations or create color studies.
For the ultimate quality and zero tessellation, KeyShot supports the import and render of NURBS data.
A secondary OpenGL viewport that allows camera path movement and geometry editing of the imported model.
Lighting presets and full HDRI control with light pins, blur, highlights and the ability to enhance or create HDRIs.
Sun & Sky
Interactive Sun & Sky generation with date, time, and location, or place the sun where you need it in the HDRI.
Create advanced materials using KeyShot’s node-based editor to layer and animate materials and textures.
Deeper functionality available through the Python scripting console to unleash the power of KeyShot.
Real-time Region Rendering
Select and concentrate your computer power to render small areas of your scene and see the results in real-time.
For more post-processing control, KeyShot includes render passes, like clown, depth and normal pass.
Store all your scenes prepared through the day and process the entire batch of when you’re ready.
3D Printing Integration
Export scenes to STL or capture color and texture with ZPR output, making the file ready for 3D printing.
Part & Camera Animation
Patented animation system to create part and camera animation using real-time setup and playback of your animation.
Camera Path Animation
Create camera path animations by selecting existing views or dynamically creating the path in real-time.
Create first-person rotation animations with a click using the camera itself as the rotation pivot.
Animate a between two colors, across a range of colors or change a material’s opacity over a specific duration.
The Zoom camera animation allows for the dynamic change of the camera’s field of view for more dramatic animations.
Depth of Field animation allows for the dynamic change of the camera’s focus distance and F-stop values.
Camera Switch Events
Set up camera switch events in a single scene to quickly switch between multiple camera animations.
Create real-time motion blur with quick settings to deliver the ultimate realism when displaying moving parts.
Create web-ready, touch-enabled visuals directly from your KeyShot scene with an array of unique features.
360° Spherical Experience
KeyShotXR goes beyond turntable views. With KeyShotXR, create true, fully spherical 360° product experiences.
Touch Gesture Control
KeyShotXR is completely touch-enabled and works across mobile, tablet or larger touchscreen displays.
With six different KeyShotVR types, create turntable, spherical, animated or custom KeyShotVRs step-by-step.
When you embed your KeyShotXR, it sizes correctly to the width of a browser whether on desktop or mobile device.
Preserved Image Quality
When you zoom in on your KeyShotXR, the image quality is preserved to ensure every detail is captured.
A KeyShotXR that uses the camera itself as the pivot center to capture first-person view of the scene.
Advanced iBooks widget output to embed a touch-enabled product experience in Apple iBooks files.
The rendering speed you need.