What is KeyShot?

KeyShot is a standalone real-time rendering application that makes the creation of 3D renderings and animations fast and easy, with support for the widest number of 3D file formats on both Mac and PC.
KeyShot Features

See your results instantly.

KeyShot is real-time rendering to the core. Not a mode. Not an afterthought. See everything as it happens. Every change from material and lighting to cameras and animation is seen instantly as you work.

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.

Real-time rendering with KeyShot Image: John Seymour

Focus on your design, not software.

KeyShot is extremely easy to learn and use to achieve photographic results in minutes through a simple, workflow-based interface with all the advanced capabilities for the most experienced 3D render professional.

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.

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Create your visuals faster.

KeyShot works on both Windows and Mac utilizing 100% of any available CPU power. No special graphics card is needed, and all CPU power scales linearly for unmatched performance.

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 Features - CPU FAST Image: Gurmukh Bhasin

Make it more realistic.

KeyShot materials go beyond physical appearance providing scientifically accurate properties for the highest quality visuals. Use a preset, an exclusive partner material or create your own.

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.

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Light it up right.

KeyShot provides the speed to visualize products fast with advanced lighting capabilities that create the most accurate lighting for simple studio shots or the most complex interior lighting.

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 Features - Lighting Image: Andrea Chiampo

Present your ideas sooner.

KeyShot integrates throughout the entire product development process, with the widest 3D file format support including PTC Creo and LiveLinking technology for a fluid workflow from concept to final product..

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.

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Leave them speechless.

From still image and animations to interactive web and mobile content, KeyShot’s ability to create the highest quality visuals possible ensures you are using the best tool for all your visualization needs.

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 Features - Leave Them Speechless

Feature by Feature.

Rendering

Features available in all versions of KeyShot

Real-time Ray Tracing

Progressive global illumination with adaptive material sampling, dynamic lighting and focused caustics.

HDRI Lighting

Light your scenes quickly. Drag and drop a KeyShot HDRI environment into the scene and adjust as needed.

Physical Lighting

Add area, point or IES light sources by applying a light material to any piece of model geometry.

Spotlights

Completely adjustable with color, angle, falloff and diameter, plus the ability to add stencils for gobo lighting effects.

Accurate Materials

Scientific accurate materials that represent properties like IOR, dispersion and subsurface scattering.

Exclusive Content

KeyShot includes exclusive content like Axalta Paints, Mold-Tech Textures, Sørensen Leathers, and Poliigon Textures.

Material Templates

Patented technology to set up templates to automatically assign materials to the imported models on import to KeyShot.

Color Libraries

Enhance your materials by using industry standard color libraries like Pantone and RAL exclusively in KeyShot.

Toon Shading

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.

Interactive Labeling

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.

Procedural Textures

2D and 3D procedural textures from cloth, mesh and scratches to wood, gradient, camouflage and occlusion.

Image Styles

Create multiple image styles with tone mapping, curve, color adjustments, or layers. View in real-time or adjust after.

Cutaway

Expose the inner workings of your design with dynamic cutaways, set what to exclude, and add animation.

Scattering Media

Add particle scattering like smoke and fog with density texture and VDB support or use to create interesting materials.

Focused Caustics

Show how light is affected by your materials with real world caustics immediately visible with a flip of a switch.

Rounded Edges

Turn sharp edges on an imported model into beautiful, small rounded edges and fillets with simple slider.

Patterns

Create 100s or 1,000s of independent model instances without affecting file size, memory or speed.

Favorites

Make collections of your favorite materials, colors, environments and textures for use in other scenes.

Unlimited Resolution

Unlimited real-time and render output resolution with presets for common sizes and custom resolution creation.

Camera Control

Simulate real world camera behavior with different mode and controls applied in real-time to capture the perfect image.

Perspective Matching

Interactive perspective matching tool that allows you to align the object in the scene with the photographed objects.

Importers

KeyShot has the widest support for the direct import of over 20 native and neutral 3D file types.

Plugins

A direct connection between 3D modeling software and KeyShot with many including LiveLinking.

LiveLinking

Through select KeyShot plugins, keep your geometry changes updated in KeyShot without losing any work.

Network Rendering

(Add-on) Use your computer network to render your projects in a fraction of the time.

KeyShot Cloud

Search and share KeyShot assets including materials, HDRIs and backplates, and download to KeyShot.

Pro Features

Features included with KeyShot Pro, Pro Floating and Enterprise

Studios

Set up your own personal studios with any combination of cameras, environments, model sets and materials.

Model Sets

Set up different variations of the models in your scene to show different model configurations or create color studies.

NURBS rendering

For the ultimate quality and zero tessellation, KeyShot supports the import and render of NURBS data.

Geometry Editor

A secondary OpenGL viewport that allows camera path movement and geometry editing of the imported model.

HDRI Editor

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.

Material Graph

Create advanced materials using KeyShot’s node-based editor to layer and animate materials and textures.

Scripting

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.

Render Passes

Interactive Sun & Sky generation with date, time, and location, or place the sun where you need it in the HDRI.

Render Queue

Create advanced materials using KeyShot’s node-based editor to layer and animate materials and textures.

3D Printing Integration

Deeper functionality available through the Python scripting console to unleash the power of KeyShot.

Animation

Features included with KeyShot Pro, Pro Floating and Enterprise

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.

Panorama Animation

Create first-person rotation animations with a click using the camera itself as the rotation pivot.

Fade Animation

Animate a between two colors, across a range of colors or change a material’s opacity over a specific duration.

Zoom Animation

The Zoom camera animation allows for the dynamic change of the camera’s field of view for more dramatic animations.

DOF Animation

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.

Motion Blur

Create real-time motion blur with quick settings to deliver the ultimate realism when displaying moving parts.

KeyShotXR

An add-on available for all versions of KeyShot

Interactive Visuals

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.

KeyShotXR Wizard

With six different KeyShotVR types, create turntable, spherical, animated or custom KeyShotVRs step-by-step.

Responsive Embed

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.

Interior KeyShotXR

A KeyShotXR that uses the camera itself as the pivot center to capture first-person view of the scene.

iBooks Support

Advanced iBooks widget output to embed a touch-enabled product experience in Apple iBooks files.

The rendering speed you need.

Download KeyShot and see how fast you can create amazing photographic visuals of your 3D data.