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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.

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KeyShot features tools and the fastest workflow for creating still and animated visuals. Within a few minutes, apply scientifically accurate materials, work with textures and labels, adjust HDRI and physical lighting, move your camera for the perfect shot, create animation and interactive KeyShotVR’s and see it all happen in real-time.

Simple interface

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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

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The speed you have within KeyShot cannot be compared. Whether your on a small laptop or a networked server with multiple CPUs, KeyShot will use all the cores available.

Powerful Animation

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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

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KeyShot Pro level features deliver advanced capabilities that deal directly with product development workflow and conceptualization for ultimate visual satisfaction.

Fast

Everything inside KeyShot happens in realtime. KeyShot uses unique rendering technology which makes it possible to see all changes to materials, lighting, and cameras instantly. You don’t need to hit the render button and wait for minutes or hours to wait for the results. As soon as you assign a material to a part, you will see the change immediately.

Easy

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You don’t have to be a rendering expert to create photorealistic images of your 3D model. Simply import your data into KeyShot, assign materials by dragging and dropping them onto the model, adjust the lighting, and move the camera. Done. You see everything happen instantly right in front of you. Learning KeyShot literally takes only a few minutes.

Accurate

KeyShot is the most accurate rendering solution for your 3D data. KeyShot is built on Luxion’s internally developed, physically correct render engine based on research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global illumination. The result is stunning realism, incredible accuracy and speed that is beyond compare.

KeyShot Features for more 3D rendering power

64-bit architecture

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KeyShot is built on 64-bit architecture giving you the power and ability to utilize more than 4 GB of both virtual and physical memory with any modern 64-bit system. KeyShot is cross-platform compatibly and can be used on both Microsoft Windows and Apple computers.

CPU-Powered

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KeyShot is 100% CPU-Powered. You won’t need any special hardware or graphics card. KeyShot takes full advantage of all cores and threads inside a computer. As your computer gets more powerful, KeyShot becomes faster. The performance scales linearly with the number of cores and threads in your system.

Interactive Labeling

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Labels are designed for easy placement of logos, stickers or images that need to be placed freely onto a 3D model. Common image formats are supported such as jpg, tiff, tga, and png. Multiple labels can be added to a material and each label has its own mapping type. Images with transparency are supported as well.

Render Queue

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The render queue is used to batch process image and animation rendering. You can simply add an image or animation “job” to the queue from various files throughout the day, then click the “process queue” button to start the queue rendering. Each job records the state of the scene and all render settings. The system can be left for the night to process the jobs.

Live Linking

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Live linking allows seamless model updates between the modeling software and KeyShot, without having to reassign materials, set up animations again, or update settings. Transfer your design from PTC Creo, SolidWorks, or Rhino to KeyShot. Assign materials and animations, continue modeling and push over changes to KeyShot. Changed parts will be replace and updated with the new parts and all materials and animations will be maintained.

Bump-mapping

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Bump maps are images used to create fine details in materials that would be unrealistic to build into the model. Brushed metals and textured plastics are easily created using bump maps. Any common format color or grayscale image can be used as a bump map. With these images the bright and dark areas are interpreted as high and low spots on the surface.

Network Rendering

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The network rendering system allows you to take advantage of multiple systems for rendering images and animations. After the simple installation process, any user with KeyShot can send a “job” to be rendered on the network. The jobs are organized into a queue that all users can view. Jobs can also be sent from the internal KeyShot queue to network rendering.

Import options

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With over 20 supported 3D file formats, KeyShot imports the largest number of file types of any 3D rendering software. Along with being able to handle large data sets and different file types, KeyShot provides options to make sure your data is imported accurately and ready to apply materials. With plugins for 3ds Max, PTC Creo, Pro/ENGINEER, Rhinoceros, SolidWorks and SketchUp, import capabilities are extended even further.

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Mihai Muscan did a step-by-step breakdown of his sci-fi scene inspired by the way social media influences our lives, cinema, and a long break from 3D art.

27 June, 2019

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Tek Tan recently posted a great 3 part tutorial showing the whole process of creating an appealing cyberpunk scene from scratch.

30 May, 2019

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24 May, 2019

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9 May, 2019

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28 January, 2019

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26 November, 2018

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22 November, 2018

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2 October, 2018

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27 August, 2018

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26 August, 2018

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23 August, 2018

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8 August, 2018

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Ryan Hawkins has shared a free intermediate guide to using KeyShot.

15 February, 2018

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14 February, 2018

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19 January, 2018

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12 January, 2018

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28 November, 2017

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22 November, 2017

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8 November, 2017

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28 September, 2017

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1 September, 2017

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17 August, 2017

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8 June, 2017

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7 June, 2017

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31 May, 2017

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23 May, 2017

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5 May, 2017

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2 May, 2017

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17 April, 2017

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14 April, 2017

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6 April, 2017

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5 April, 2017

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27 February, 2017

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3 February, 2017

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