KeyShot 3D Rendering and Animation Software

From design and engineering to architecture and entertainment, 3D professionals choose KeyShot to create visuals that set them apart.



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Rendering and animation like never before 

With its interactive approach to rendering, KeyShot® is 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. Despite the seemingly simple interface, KeyShot provides the depth of functionality to satisfy the needs of the most advanced user.

Eyes on the design, not on the 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.
KeyShot™ has a simple interface and great functionality and advanced tools that exceed even the most skillful user’s needs.
Whether you have an early concept presentation, a design review, technical documentation or a final sales and marketing presentation, Keyshot allows you to start the work as long as you have the 3D data.





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Create the most amazing visuals in an instant


KeyShot™ brings visual speed and agility to the entire product development process, with the widest 3D file format support for a fluid workflow from concept to the final product. Due to its unique import pipeline, you can import 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 one-of-a-kind 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.






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Not a perfectly-rendered image. A realistic one.


KeyShot™ materials reflect a physically accurate and easy to understand representation of materials and their properties. Each material can be tweaked, coloured and textured showing every change in real-time. 
You can match measured materials using Cie-Lab colours and Gloss values or use digital representations from material providers such as Axalta Coating Systems, Mold-Tech, and Sørensen leather.
For material colour, you can define your own using various colour spaces, or use industry-standard colour 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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Full computing power


KeyShot™ has the power to use all CPU cores provided or utilize the real-time ray tracing capabilities of the NVIDIA RTX graphics cards. Whether you use Windows and Mac, KeyShot will work on nearly any desktop or laptop right out of the box.
KeyShot is one of the few applications where you can switch from CPU mode to GPU mode with one click. You can choose to take 100% advantage of all physical and virtual CPU cores in your computer or utilize 100% of all the GPU power available, scaling linearly in performance without ever tapering off when more CPUs or GPUs are added.




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Real-time results


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.




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Step 1: Import Your 3D Model

Import SolidWorks, Solid Edge, SketchUp, Alias, PTC Creo, Rhino, Onshape, Fusion 360, IGES, STEP, FBX, OBJ, and more data directly. With the widest 3D format support and many plugins, importing your model is quick and efficient.

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Step 2: Color Your Model

Drag and drop any of the 700+  scientifically accurate materials onto your model. The real-time view instantly shows how the applied material appears on your model with accurate colour and lighting.

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Step 3: Choose Your Lighting

Simply select an environment (HDRI). As soon as you drag and drop the lighting environment into your scene, you will notice the effect of the scientifically accurate real-world lighting and how it captures your models, colours, and finishes.


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Step 4: Adjust Your Camera

Framing your scene is just as easy as using a real camera. Adjust the angle and distance, control perspective with focal length and field of view settings, and easily add depth of field to your scene. Capturing your scene has never been so simple.


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Step 5: Enjoy the Perfect Shot

Now watch as your image renders before your eyes. From start to finish, a simple 5-step process to create incredible visuals fast and easy, all in real-time.

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Rendering Features

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3D Model Library

Add context and detail to your scene quickly using a wide variety of models with complete materials and textures.

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CPU Rendering

Real-time ray tracing using all available physical and virtual CPU cores that scales linearly as more cores are added.

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GPU Rendering

One-click switch to GPU mode for real-time ray tracing using all available NVIDIA RTX graphic cards.

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Deep learning noise removal on the Real-time View and render output for smoother results in less time.

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Scientifically accurate

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

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Global Illumination

Indirect light bounces between 3D geometry and allows other geometry to be illuminated when under transparent materials.

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Focused Caustics

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

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HDRI Lighting

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

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Physical Lighting

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

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Material Library

Over 700+ material presets from architectural, cloth, glass, and gem to liquids, metals, plastic, and wood.





Pro Features

Features included with KeyShot Pro, Pro Floating, and Enterprise.



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

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Model Sets

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

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NURBS rendering

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

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Geometry Editor

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

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The Displace geometry shader allows you to create 3D textures for enhanced realism.

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Bubbles can be added and configured to create everything from foam to fizz.

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Add any variety of flakes (square or spherical) inside your material or around it.

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Add randomized, hair-like growth from the surface of any material, control length, density and more.

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Create multiple variations of your materials for quick color comparison or advanced colorway creation.

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Use your material, model, and camera variations to create unlimited configurations.

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Stereoscopic View

Set up stereoscopic 3D viewing to view or work in 3D space with a VR Viewer or HMD.

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Perspective Matching

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

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HDRI Editor

Lighting presets and full HDRI control with light pins, blur, highlights and the ability to enhance or create HDRIs.

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Sun & Sky

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

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Material Graph

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

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

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Real-time Region Rendering

Select and concentrate your computer power to render small areas of your scene and see the results in real-time.

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Render Passes

For more post-processing control, KeyShot includes render passes, like clown, depth and normal pass.

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Render Queue

Store all your scenes prepared through the day and process the entire batch of when you’re ready.

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3D Export

Export your scene as OBJ, FBX, GLTF, or STL to use in other software, view online, or 3D print.


Features included with KeyShot Pro, Pro Floating and Enterprise

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Part & Camera Animation

Patented animation system to create part and camera animation using real-time setup and playback of your animation.

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Camera Path Animation

Create camera path animations by selecting existing views or dynamically creating the path in real-time.

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Panorama Animation

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

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Curve Fade

Use a custom control curve to change between two colors, across a range of colors or change a material’s opacity over a specific duration.

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Zoom Animation

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

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DOF Animation

Depth of Field animation allows for the dynamic change of the camera’s focus distance and F-stop values.

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Camera Switch Events

Set up camera switch events in a single scene to quickly switch between multiple camera animations.

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Motion Blur

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


An add-on available for all versions of KeyShot

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Interactive Visuals

Create web-ready, touch-enabled visuals directly from your KeyShot scene with an array of unique features.

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360° Spherical Experience

KeyShotXR goes beyond turntable views. With KeyShotXR, create true, fully spherical 360° product experiences.

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Touch Gesture Control

KeyShotXR is completely touch-enabled and works across mobile, tablet or larger touchscreen displays.

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KeyShotXR Wizard

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

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Responsive Embed

When you embed your KeyShotXR, it sizes correctly to the width of a browser whether on a desktop or mobile device.

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Preserved Image Quality

When you zoom in on your KeyShotXR, the image quality is preserved to ensure every detail is captured.

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Interior KeyShotXR

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

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iBooks Support

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

Thumbs up for a painless workflow

KeyShot™ is a stand-alone 3D rendering and animation application that operates side by side with your 3D modelling application. Rather than putting KeyShot™ inside the 3D modeling software, we provide a more flexible approach with three levels of integration to import and render your design.
There are two ways to import your 3D models into KeyShot–direct import or through a plugin. You don’t need a plugin to import your native 3D data. However, the plugins below transfer data faster and deliver tighter integration between KeyShot and your 3D modeling software making your workflow even faster.

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Direct import

KeyShot directly imports over 40 different 3d file formats from 20+ 3D modeling applications with no plugin required. From the File menu, select Open… or Import… to bring up unique options for the 3D data you need to import. Direct import of all major 3D modeling applications as well as generic 3D file formats is included in KeyShot HD, Pro and Enterprise.


Our plugins extend the functionality between KeyShot™ and the 3D modeling application. A KeyShot plugin links the 3D modeling software and KeyShot together, rather than putting KeyShot inside the modeling application. Plugins add a menu button to your 3D software that transfers 3D data and other model information into KeyShot.


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.