April 24, 2019

Photo-realistic Rendering with Keyshot

Why KeyShot?

From the simple interface to the rendering speed, KeyShot features change the whole idea of what it takes to create incredible visuals from 3D data.

Simple interface
Simple interface
KeyShot’s simple user interface is minimal, but powerful, with all the options you need for advanced visualization and none of the clutter to impede workflow.
Rendering Speed
Rendering Speed
The speed you have within KeyShot cannot be compared. Whether you’re on a small laptop or a networked server with multiple CPUs, KeyShot will use all the cores available.
Powerful Animation
Powerful Animation
The KeyShot Animation system is a new streamlined approach to quickly creating fluid product animations with real-time update and playback to see it all as it’s created.
Advanced features
Advanced features
KeyShot Pro level features deliver advanced capabilities that deal directly with product development workflow and conceptualization for ultimate visual satisfaction.

How Easy is KeyShot?

KeyShot is the fastest and easiest to use 3D rendering and animation software available. In just a few steps you can create amazing looking images from your 3D models that can be used throughout the product development process to make design decisions and quickly create variations of concepts for customer, manufacturing or marketing.

Step 1: Import your 3D model

With KeyShot open, import your BIP files, Alias WIRE, PTC Creo, Rhinoceros, SketchUp, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, Pro/ENGINEER, IGES, STEP, OBJ, 3ds, Collada, and FBX data directly. KeyShot supports the most popular formats and has plugins for a few of them also.

How it Works

Step 2: Paint your model

Use any of the 700+ scientifically accurate materials from the material library by simply copying and pasting them onto the model. You will instantly see what your design will look like, with the given material, color, and finish, under the current lighting conditions.
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Step 3: Choose your lighting

Simply select an environment image (HDRI). As soon as you change the lighting environment you will notice the effect the real world lighting captured in those environments has on materials, colors and finishes.

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Step 4: Adjust your camera

Framing your scene is just like using a real camera. Adjust angle and distance, control perspective with focal length and field of view settings, and easily add depth of field to your scene.
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Step 5: Adjust your background

Quickly and interactively cycle through colors, choose from pre-loaded photos, or set your own images as the background for your shot.
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Step 6: Enjoy the perfect picture

You are done! From start to finish, a simple six step process to beautiful images, all happening in real-time – right in front of your eyes.
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The quick and easy way to great results – that’s KeyShot

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Due to our personal experience of using Keyshot on past projects, we can safely say this software works very well and produces excellent results. If you have just created a project in 3D CAD and want to create some visuals for marketing or advertising your product, then Keyshot is definitely one to consider. As mentioned above the user interface is easy to navigate without spending hours learning. Keyshot also gives you the option to add your own materials and create them from existing materials shipped with Keyshot.
If like us you use Autodesk Fusion 360 then there is an added plugin for Fusion 360 allowing you to directly import your models for rendering. More info below.

Simplify your workflow

KeyShot is a stand-alone 3D rendering and animation application that operates side by side your 3D modelling application. Rather than putting KeyShot inside the 3D modelling software, we provide a more flexibility approach with three levels of integration to import and render your design.

Direct import

KeyShot supports the widest number of 3D file formats out of any rendering software. With importers for over 20+ file types and versions you can be sure your 3D data will be imported accurately into KeyShot. Direct import of the major 3D CAD applications and the generic 3D file formats is included with .obj export available in KeyShot Pro.


Our plugins extends the functionality between KeyShot and the 3D modeling application. Depending on the application, this higher level of integration makes it possible for the entire geometry along with its structure, color assignments and camera views to be imported and for KeyShot files to be exported without KeyShot being installed.


The plugins also allow our LiveLinking technology to establish a link between your 3D modeling software and KeyShot. This keeps the software separate, allowing you to continue working and refining your model, then send all changes over to KeyShot with the click of a button. All without losing any views, materials, textures or animations already applied.

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Third-party support

Beyond direct import, plugins and LiveLinking, many of our partners have taken the steps to build KeyShot integration into their software, extending the functionality within the 3D modeling application. Once the 3D modeling application is installed, users may immediately export their files to KeyShot without the need to install a plugin. Users can apply materials, continue modeling and making updates to the geometry with all changes brought over to KeyShot to continue the rendering process.

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