Amazing renderings and animations… In minutes.

KeyShot 5 is an entirely CPU based standalone 3D rendering and animation system for 3D data. It has been designed to take the complexity out of rendering realistic images. KeyShot is used by designers, engineers and CG professionals worldwide to quickly and easily create realistic images and animations of their 3D models. Compatible with all CAD software it can be used for assisting with communicating early concepts, making design decisions and creating marketing and sales images.

KeyShot gives you the ability to communicate early concepts direct from your CAD software, Solid Edge, SolidWorks, Inventor it doesn't matter which as it can open all file formats direct.

KeyShot is widely recognized as the easiest and most powerful rendering and animation software when it comes to selling a concept, internal presentations, digital prototyping, and creating sales or marketing images – all from your 3D data.

Marketing departments are quickly adopting KeyShot for its ability to create photo-realistic images for sales and marketing activities long before the product exists. Eliminating prototype costs and subsequent costs with photography.



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

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

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

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

Key Features

Realtime Raytracing

KeyShot is the first real-time ray tracing and global illumination program that uses a physically correct rendering engine certified by the CIE (International Commission on Illumination). Whether you are creating 3D renderings or animations, you see everything happen instantly, in KeyShot’s realtime raytraced viewport, decreasing the time it takes to create photorealistic 3D images.

Instant Real World Lighting

Drag and drop lighting environments to see the change in shadow, highlight and reflection immediately. All of the environmental lights inside KeyShot can accurately simulate differences in brightness from a simple LED all the way up to the intensity of the sun and cast shadows accordingly. And to get you started, there is no initial lighting setup necessary for you to achieve immediate realistic lighting.

Scientifically Accurate Materials

All KeyShot materials are scientifically accurate and have physical properties based on real world materials. The material types contain only the properties necessary for creating that specific type. For example, you won’t find a property under the “Glass” material that will make it look like a metal. This makes setting up realistic materials extremely easy, foolproof and faster than ever.


64-bit architecture

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.


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

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.


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.


Render Queue

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.

Network Rendering

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 organised into a queue that all users can view. Jobs can also be sent from the internal KeyShot queue to network rendering.


Live Linking

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.

Import options

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.



  • Desktop rendering for everyone

  • Fast to learn

  • No expert knowledge required

  • Results in minutes, not hours

  • Replace snapshots with photographs

  • Eliminates prototypes and design samples

  • High-resolution images for advertising without manufacturing marks (scratches, surface irregularities etc.)

  • Minimises time and cost-effective photo shootings

  • SOLID Applications are a Gold Star Supplier


Who Uses KeyShot?


Downloads & Trial


KeyShot Trial Request

To request your trial of KeyShot 6, please complete the form below. You will receive an email by return, which will include your KeyShot 5 trial serial number and links to download the product.



KeyShot Trial User Area

A selection of KeyShot tutorials to get you started.

New in KeyShot 6

KeyShot 6 – Amazing visuals. Even faster.

KeyShot 6 brings even more speed and simplicity to creating high-quality visuals. Experience a completely optimized workflow with faster lighting capabilities and expanded material features with the new KeyShot Material Graph. Advanced tools enable scripting and geometry editing, allowing you to do more in KeyShot to create amazing shots even faster.


What's New Guide


Improved Workflow Efficiency

Easier ways to set up your scene, work more efficiently, and deliver amazing visuals with speed.



Greater Material Control

More control over materials with enhancements and advanced material editing for unlimited possibilities.


Amazing New Capabilities

New capabilities to elevate what’s possible with geometry, viewing and rendering your scenes.


Powerful Feature Enhancements

More power from import to creating animations and interactive visuals of your designs and ideas.


Improved Worlflow Efficiency

Rendering has always been fast and easy with KeyShot. KeyShot 6 continues the focus on making your workflow even smoother. From import to final render these features will have you creating visuals faster than ever before.


Interior Lighting Mode

KeyShot 6 comes with six new lighting modes powered by an all new lighting algorithm. Set or adjust scene lighting optimized for interiors or product shots. Switch to performance mode or use your own custom preset with the click of a button.

Image: John Seymour


Real-time Region Render

KeyShot Pro users can now render any region of their scene in real-time. Only the region enclosed by the bounding box in the Real-time view will be rendered.

Save Scene Sets

The ability to save active Scene Sets allows them to be easily share with users of KeyShot HD who need access to a scene created with KeyShot Pro.

Multi-layer PSD

Render still images and animation frames as PSD and PSD 32 Bit format with passes and layers included as individual Photoshop layers in the file.


Greater Material Control

With KeyShot’s scientifically accurate materials, it’s easy to get the look you want. KeyShot 6 brings you even greater control over materials with advanced editing capabilities and many more materials options to expand your material and texture possibilities.


Material Graph

Material editing is now more robust than ever before with the KeyShot 6 Material Graph. The Material Graph opens in a separate window and displays materials, textures, labels and more as nodes in a graph view to visualize connections and relationships within complex materials.

Image: John Seymour


Materials on Labels

Materials and textures can now be applied to labels to enhance appearance and realism for a more accurate communication of their properties.

Material Animation

Color and Number Fade animations now make it possible to quickly adjust material colors or settings, change materials opacity or fade lights.

Occlusion Procedural

A new procedural texture for the addition of proximity-based shading on a material used to accentuate the self shadows cast on a material.


Amazing New Capabilities

When you want your workflow to be more about creating, the new capabilities in KeyShot 6 offer incredible ways to cut away those time-consuming steps, automate your tasks and completely eliminate post-processing steps.


Geometry View

KeyShot 6 introduces an entirely new way to setup a scene with the new Geometry View. This highly responsive secondary real-time view provides an additional camera viewpoint, 1:1 animation playback, camera path animation control and more.


Geometry Editor

The Geometry Editor brings the freedom of splitting surfaces, calculating vertex normals, separating individual surfaces and closing open boundaries.

Scripting Console

Share, save and automate. KeyShot Scripting allows you to unleash the possibilities of KeyShot functionality using Python scripts.

Shift Lens

A new Shift Lens allows you to adjust the verticals in a scene with the click of a button, making architectural shots and interior set-up a breeze.


Powerful Feature Enhancements

With KeyShot 6 you have more power with unlimited resolutions for KeyShot HD and KeyShot Animation included with KeyShot Pro. New Animation and KeyShotVR features allow you to create visuals and present them like never before.


Camera Path Animation

New in KeyShot 6 is the ability to add Camera Path Animations for smoother, more dynamic camera movements and more control over your camera.


New Plugins

New, free plugins bring more advanced support and LiveLinking capabilities to Maya, 3ds Max and Cinema 4D.

Preserve Image Quality

Pinch and zoom a KeyShotVR and preserve the image quality for amazing detail in your interactive website and mobile visuals.

Panorama Animation

In KeyShot 6 you can now create panoramic camera animations simply and easily using the camera itself as the center of rotational viewing.




Now with animation module – Make your renderings come alive!



Why KeyShot for Animation?

Luxion’s revolutionary new patent-pending 3D Animation system brings a whole new level of creating animations quickly and easily to your product development pipeline. KeyShot doesn’t rely on inserting and managing keyframes. Instead, apply individual transforms (rotations, translations, etc.) to set up new animations with a click of button, and update materials and lighting as the animation plays.

How it works

Rather than relying on keyframes, we have developed a new method of applying animation objects to your model that simplifies the creation and editing of animations for 3D data. Simply select the object or camera animation to apply and see the animation instantly appear in the timeline. Adjust settings, easing and duration to objects and groups of objects, then render your animation as easily as an image.


KeyShot Animation… animate with ease.

KeyShot Animation puts the power of creating product animations for product presentation, assembly instruction, rich media material and more. Display the functionality of a prototype or create animated visuals to compliment product portfolio on web, kiosk or mobile device.


KeyShot Animation Features

  • Available for all KeyShot versions

  • Animation transform offsets (patent pending): Rather than relying on keyframes, KeyShot relies on individual object and camera transform offsets that can be combined, copied and linked to deliver a fully featured animation.

  • Single application and environment: The animation capabilities have been built directly into KeyShot.

  • Animation in a realtime raytraced environment: Setup, edit, and playback inside realtime raytraced environment, just like when setting up a scene in realtime for still image creation.

  • Realtime Interaction: Full interaction with camera, lighting and materials during animation playback.

  • Animation wizard: Step by step guide for first time users

  • Copy and paste: Animations can be copied from one object to another and linked

  • Helper objects: Select any part or assembly as rotation center

  • Camera animation types: Orbit, Incline, Zoom, Translate

  • Part and object animation types: Turntable, Rotation, Translation

  • Fast preview output: AVI, MPEG

  • High quality render output: AVI, MPEG, Flash, individual frames including Alpha channel



KeyShot 3 Ring Animation

KeyShot 3 Gear Animation



What is KeyShotVR?

KeyShotVR is a patent-pending technology that brings the advantage of interactive 3D-enabled viewing via desktop, laptop or mobile device to produce portfolios, presentations and collateral for design reviews. Product designers, marketers and KeyShot users who want to extend the presentation of their visuals are able to create the high-quality, ray-traced 3D content directly from inside KeyShot. KeyShotVR is an integrated add-on to KeyShot Pro that automatically generates the code to be embedded into any website or company intranet, making it a turnkey solution for web content creation.

How it works

With KeyShotVR enabled via an upgraded KeyShot license file, an addtional VR button will appear in the toolbar. When a scene is loaded and the VR button is pressed, a wizard guides the user through the setup of the VR, with on-screen, interactive feedback of the final VR result. KeyShot will produce the individual images of the VR content, the HTML code for integration into any website and the JavaScript to support progressive loading of images.


Interactive 3D Content… Anywhere.

With KeyShotVR, users can create high-quality, touch-enabled, 3D rendered content capable of being displayed in any web browser supporting HTML5. The content can be viewed using mouse or finger on touch-enabled devices and does not require a browser plugin to work. Furthermore, KeyShot is not WebGL based and is therefore able to deliver the highest quality of images possible across the widest range of devices.

Companies can now showcase their products from any point of view interactively, creating a spatial impression to the spectator.

KeyShotVR is an add-on available for all KeyShot products – KeyShot, KeyShot Pro and KeyShot Pro Floating.


Features & specifications

KeyShotVR (KeyShot):

  • 5 possible VR types: Turntable, Hemi-spherical, Spherical, Tumble, Custom

  • Set starting angle interactively

  • Set horizontal / vertical frames including start and end angle for custom VR

  • Realtime feedback when setting up the VR – play back, tweak, etc. for desired result

  • Compression Quality control – keeps digital footprint small while ensuring highest quality images

  • Control over zoom

  • Adjustable rotation damping

  • Support for render in background, render queue, network rendering

  • Support for render queue

  • Support for Network Rendering

  • Unlimited output resolution

  • Output: jpeg, png

  • Floating license feature – KeyShotVR can be checked out separately when checking out a floating license.


KeyShotVR (Web browser):

  • Progressive loading of images – rotate images as soon as they start loading

  • Support for zoom in/out

  • Touch enabled – rotate, zoom, pan

  • Customizable settings to adjust user experience: rotation damping, mouse sensitivity, zoom in/out, start frame, LOD

  • Customizable play and resize buttons

  • Automatic upload to FTP server


Click here to see an example of interactive 3D content created with KeyShotVR.


Network Rendering

Why KeyShot Network Rendering?

The KeyShot network rendering system allows you to take advantage of multiple systems for rendering images, animations, and KeyShotVR’s. 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.

How it works

The network rendering system consists of three elements: master, slaves, and queues. The master system manages the network rendering. The slave systems do the actual rendering of each job. The queue program shows the jobs that have been submitted to the network rendering system. After the job is submitted, the queue can be closed or disconnected from the network.


User management


Manage all of the users in your organization with the ability to assign specific privileges based on role or usage. Easily add, remove or change passwords and privileges for each user all from a single screen within the user management system.


Slave management


Manage your slave computers, scheduling them for use at specific times or days. Set the number of cores allowed for each slave and see immediately what computers are allocated for use, with the ability to utilize computer power without KeyShot being installed.



How Many Cores Do You Need?

Whether you need 32 cores to increase the speed of your smaller rendering processes or 256 cores to bring in the ultimate rendering power, KeyShot Network Rendering has the set-up and scalable options to cut down the time it takes to create renderings and animations.


KeyShot Network Rendering Features

  • Master/Slave-System – independent of KeyShot, i.e. KeyShot doesn’t have to be installed on the slave system

  • Easy to install and administer – simply install, and follow the instructions.

  • New updates will be downloaded from within the network queue

  • Network Render queue – everyone can send jobs to the network for rendering.

  • User system – allows for user accounts to have manageability over current jobs in queue

  • Slaves will be connected automatically by sending packets across the network for detection by the master for connection

  • Queue shows current frame being rendered and remaining time of job

  • Jobs can be prioritized within the queue

  • Supports an “unlimited” number of slaves with any number of cores (physical / virtual)

  • Slave tray application, allows the user to update the number of cores being utilized on the network

  • Partial image download – if the image is not done rendering, you can download the rendered results.

  • Slave scheduling allows slaves to become active or inactive at scheduled times(user system must be enabled, with appropriate privilages)

  • Slaves can be added or subtracted anytime, i.e. before, or after rendering.

  • Works with all versions of KeyShot 3/4(KeyShot, KeyShot Pro, KeyShot Pro Floating)

  • Since KeyShot’s performance increases linearly, the render performance doubles when the number of cores doubles

  • Support mixed networks(PC & Mac)


Realtime Ray-tracing Features

  • Progressive global illumination
  • Multi-core photon mapping
  • Adaptive material sampling
  • Dynamic lighting core
  • Focused Caustics
  • Realtime subsurface scattering
  • PRO: Realtime region rendering
  • PRO: Raytracing of NURBS

Real World Lighting and Editing

  • Image based lighting using high dynamic range images (HDRI)
  • Brightness and contrast control
  • Envrionment rotation and height adjustment
  • Lighting presets for various scenarios
  • PRO: Saturation and hue adjustment
  • PRO: Tilt and blur
  • PRO: Innovative pin system for adding lights with realtime feedback
  • PRO: Sun / Sky generator

Scientifically Accurate Materials

  • True physics based materials
  • Subsurface scattering
  • Adjustable IOR
  • Dispersion
  • Interactive color adjustment with support for Pantone®, RAL®, CIE Lab
  • Roughness/gloss control
  • Multi-layer materials
  • Light-emitting materials
  • Support for AXALTA (DuPont®) paints
  • Mold-Tech material with accurate scaling
  • Support for Sørensen leathers

Interactive Material Assignments

  • Drag and drop materials from library onto object
  • Copy and paste materials from one part to another with automatic linking
  • Material assignment to entire objects and layers through scene tree
  • Autopaint entire models through material templates
  • In-project material library for material management

Texture, Bump Map and Labeling

  • Dynamic texture mapping and control
  • Image based bump mapping with interactive height control
  • Normal mapping
  • Support for opacity maps
  • Specular  mapping
  • Procedural texture mapping
  • Interactive label placement
  • MateriaLs and textures on labels
  • PRO: Interactive, node-based Material Graph with realtime feedback

Model Interaction

  • Interactive scene tree
  • Preserve structure from 3D modeling application
  • Interactive single or multiple part movement
  • Hide, Delete, show only parts
  • Ability to lock parts
  • Model and part instancing and patterning
  • Grouping and restructuring of scene hierarchy
  • Powerful search and filtering tools
  • PRO: Scene Sets, combining model configurations and view sets

Physical Lights

  • Light sources with power control and fall-off based on scene units
  • Area light diffuse
  • Point light diffuse
  • Point light IES profile

Camera Controls

  • Full interactive camera control including tumble, pan, dolly and twist
  • Numerical control using spherical or absolute coordinate
  • Interactive focal length
  • Realtime depth of field with F-stop
  • PRO: View sets for saving lighting, camera angle, and backplate

Image Composition

  • Realtime bloom effect
  • Vignetting
  • Solid color background
  • Combination of 3D scene with 2D photograph
  • Brightness and gamma control
  • Ground shadow color adjustment

Part & Camera Animation (Pro)

  • Animation offset transform system for models and cameras
  • Setup, edit, and playback inside realtime raytraced environment
  • Step by step guidance through animation wizard
  • Copy and paste of animations onto other parts with optional linking
  • Model/Part animation: turntable, translation, rotation
  • Camera animation: orbit, zoom, inclination, translation
  • Part animation fade in/out
  • Material and parameter animation
  • Motion blur

KeyShotVR (Add-on)

  • Interactive web-output directly from inside KeyShot
  • Plugin-free interaction in any HTML5 supported browser
  • VR types: Turntable, Hemi-spherical, Spherical, Custom, Tumble, Animation, Panorama
  • Step by step setup through wizard with interactive feedback
  • Dynamic image compression quality control
  • Customizable settings for enhanced user experience
  • Preserved image quality for zoom
  • Output to JPEG/PNG with automatic FTP deployment

Offline Rendering Features

  • Realtime render mode
  • Gaussian blur for image smoothing
  • Alpha channel output
  • PRO: Render passes including layers
  • PRO: Batch rendering (render queue)
  • PRO: Simultaneous realtime and offline rendering
  • PRO: Turntable animation rendering
  • PRO: Region rendering
  • Add-on: Network rendering

Network Rendering (optional)

  • Easy to install and manage Master/Slave system
  • Add/remove slaves before, after and during the rendering
  • Network render queue
  • Automatic load balancing to optimize performance on mixed CPU system
  • Start, stop, suspend and prioritize jobs
  • Local slave management for core usage and scheduling
  • Support for PC, Mac or mixed network

Image Input

  • JPEG
  • TIFF with alpha channel (8 bit)
  • PNG
  • HDRI
  • EXR
  • HDZ (KeyShot proprietary HDRI format)

2D/3D Output

  • 4.1M pixel output resolution
  • PRO: Unlimited output resolution
  • Interactive render output window with zoom and image editing capabilities
  • JPEG
  • PNG
  • PSD (multi-layer)
  • TIFF with alpha channel (8 bit/32bit)
  • EXR (32 bit)
  • AVI, Quicktime, Flash (PC) for animations
  • PRO: Output to OBJ
  • PRO: Output to STL
  • PRO: Output to ZPR

3D File Formats (PC/MAC)

  • 3ds Max 2016 and prior (via plugin)
  • ALIAS 2016 and prior
  • AutoCAD (DWG/DXF)
  • CATIA v5/6
  • Cinema 4D R16 and later
  • PTC Creo 3.0 and prior
  • Inventor 2016 and prior
  • Maya 2016 and prior
  • NX 10 and prior
  • Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 2 – 5
  • Rhinoceros 5 and prior
  • SketchUp 2015 and prior
  • Solid Edge ST8 and prior
  • SolidWorks 2016 and prior
  • IGES
  • JT
  • 3DXML
  • STEP AP203/214
  • OBJ
  • Parasolid
  • FBX including part/camera animation
  • STL
  • Collada
  • Alembic

Plugins w/ LiveLinking (PC only unless mentioned)

  • 3DS Max 2011 – 2016
  • Maya 2013-16 (Mac/PC)
  • Cinema 4D R17 (Mac/PC)
  • Creo 3.0 and prior
  • Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4 – 5
  • Siemens NX 8.5 – 10 (requires KeyShot Enterprise Edition)
  • SolidWorks 2011 – 2016
  • Rhinoceros 4, 5
  • SketchUp 7, 8 & 2013 – 2015 (Mac/PC)
  • Solid Edge ST7 and later (through Siemens)
  • SpaceClaim (through SpaceClaim)
  • IronCAD 2016 and prior (through IronCAD)
  • Delcam ArtCAM (through Delcam)
  • Delcam Shoemaker Pro (through Delcam)
  • Delcam PowerSHAPE (through Delcam)
  • Geomagic Design and others ((through 3D Systems)
  • SolidThinking Evolve (through Altair)


  • CPU based – no special graphics card needed
  • Parallel architecture with full support for multi-core and hyper-threaded systems
  • Near linear performance scale with additional CPUs
  • Utilization of GPU for rendering effects
  • PRO: Stereo viewing
  • Support for PC and Mac


  • Node-locked license, tied to MAC-address of computer
  • PRO (Optional): Floating licensing using FlexNet Publisher (FLEXlm) for Windows or Mac OS X, including support for license borrowing, and access through VPN

What’s Included

  • 500+ predefined materials including texture and bump maps
  • 50+ lighting environments
  • Access to KeyShot Cloud, an online library for materials and textures
  • Quick start guide
  • Hotkey list
  • Manual


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