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KeyShot is the fastest and easiest to use 3D rendering software available. In just a few steps you can create amazing visuals straight from your 3D models.

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KeyShot review by <span>Erdem B.</span>
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Simple Yet Highly Capable for a Rendering Software

What do you like best?

- I can easily drag & drop files to import to the scene, without having to open a dialog box.

- It supports a wide range of diferent filetypes for importing.

- Intuitive and simple ways to assigning, replicating and linking materials.

- Materials are classified into different types with different controls. It is very easy to grasp how they work and when to use what.

- Setting up a scene is very quick and easy. You just need an HDRI, a background image and of course your subject.

- You can just render an image right away with standard settings and it will look wonderful.

- You can tinker with a few parameters and get a very quick render or very detailed highly photo-realistic images.

- It gets shorter to get renders compared to earlier versions. I have been using the same PC for a long time but my render times got somehow shorter.

- You can choose how many CPU cores to use. Very useful when you have to run multiple programs simultaneously.

- You can easily prepare simple animations.

- Material and rendering quality is great. I had several coworkers and clients mistaking render images for photos.

- You can have a variety of channels for post-production. I save a lot of times on my stills using extra channels.

What do you dislike?

- Framing, sizing and resizing the software window and rendering area might get hectic at times. You might easily lose your original aspect ratio and image size unless you lock it before moving on to variations of your subject.

- It still struggles with interior rendering. Still needs developing.

- Clown Pass is very useful but it should let users choose which color to use for different objects.

- Sometimes you import the same file but with updated geometry, and suddenly scale of the scene messes up.

- You should carefully plan layers and object groups before importing. You can still ungroup and regroup certain objects, but it still needs developing.

- Sometimes metallic paint presents a flake pattern that can get annoying in close-ups of hi-res images. But not always.

- Interface and mechanics of adding, deleting, naming/renaming and locking cameras need to be developed.

- If you want complex movements for camera or objects, you need to work around your way, because animation module is clearly intended for very simple animations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keyshot is very easy and it offers very good quality. Realtime ability is very useful to determine if you are moving in the right direction, without having to spend too much time on rendering a still image. If you intend to use it for product rendering, just get it. Bear that in mind that it has a CPU based engine; GPU-CPU hybrid or sole GPU rendering is not available.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I prepare photorealistic moving and still images of new product and architectural designs. Sometimes I use its live view to show and review a project with my clients or coworkers without having to render scenes. Although it got more complicated controls and settings as it evolved over the years, it is very easy to learn and use compared to other rendering engines. This helps a lot while working with new coworkers and interns.

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KeyShot review by <span>Jared K.</span>
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Rendering Experiential Marketing Events

What do you like best?

I absolutely love Keyshot. It's my program of choice coupled with Solid Works for the foundation of the 3D files I use. Using realistic physics engines Keyshot always produces superior quality renderings that blow away clients.

What do you dislike?

This may not be as relevant to the program itself and more just my personal system. I run Keyshot on a boot camped MacBook Pro. Probably not ideal for taking advantage of the programs power. With using a MacBook Pro comes slower rendering speeds and a very noisy corner in my office while my laptop prepares for take off. As mentioned previously, this is not as much a Keyshot problem as it is my own.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm provided a brief with an event, whether that be a pop-up experiential campaign or an expo booth, using Keyshot allows me to produce renderings of what that event or booth will look like with a much more realistic visual. Of course this is after a 3D modeling phase and followed by some skinning in Photoshop, however, this program has opened doors to a consistent "WOW's" during client proposals.

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KeyShot review by <span>Ujwal I.</span>
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keyshot 6 - A brilliant update to get realistic renders quickly

What do you like best?

The accessibility to create your own material to get the required visual effect in Keyshot 6 is a very strong plus point that allows to get a very realistic feel of the product to be showcased and convey your ideas more fluently. With this and the ability of Keyshot to get quick renders makes it a versatile rendering tool.The addition of a graphical interface to make materials helps in creating realistic visual effects on materials like dust of a rusty surface. The software also has a great interface to import 3D model files easily and update the same files without the fear of loosing any material changes made. The addition of 'Save as a Package' helps in sharing the keyshot files easily .- with other Keyshot 6 members

What do you dislike?

There are few imperfections still in terms of transparent / cloudy materials but with a little effort and time with a bit of fine tuning the parameters the required realism can be got.

Recommendations to others considering the product

A perfect rendering tool for product design studios as well as engineers, not that effective for automobile objects but it does do reasonably good job. It allows import of a wide range of 3D files and makes the importing and updating process of the 3D files a breeze with the help of multiple options and features.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Keyshot helped me convey my ideas to clients quickly , and allowed me to experiment as well as change ideas and thoughts very efficiently and easily.

KeyShot review by <span>Nickolas V.</span>
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Digital Artist

What do you like best?

The best use of keyshot is for quick renders! Although it is great for setting up your own scene and creating your own lights. I find it shines best when I need to render a work in progress or want to show off a model in a hdri scene. Im able to export a obj from my software of choice, then just bring it straight into keyshot and start applying their premade materials. The program is also very easy to use when it comes to materials and editing them yourself.

What do you dislike?

My biggest issue with keyshot is setting up your own lighting. I find it much more difficult then your traditional render softwares such as vray and corona. The pre setup lighting in keyshot is fantastic, however i feel limited because I am struggling to learn how to setup my own lighting scene.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Just give it a try. I was hesitant because of my love for v-ray. However it is truly amazing. The eaze of just dropping a obj into the program and doing quick wip or turnaround renders is so easy and time saving.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With a company such as steelcase who produces a lot of furniture, it is super beneficial to take a chair and put it into a HDRI room and render it. I have created several renders of furniture in HDRI environments that people have a hard time distinguishing from real life. Another great feature is the turnaround! I can take a product and create a short turnaround animation for customers to view.

KeyShot review by <span>Zaher M.</span>
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RealTime Renderer

What do you like best?

well the easy to use and friendly user interface , almost all u need is right infront of ur face , laybraryies , Materials and other tools ,

it hase a lot of great Materials , it render fast just like realtime renderer vray or light cach in 3Dmax ,,

What do you dislike?

its actully realtime renderer , but it takes a lil time , a lil time that makes me think twice when it comes to 3d presentation ,,,

for rendering a standalone shoots , its ok , and fast , but not that enough ,,

Lighting ,,, and enviroment HDRI will limit ur design .

EDITING and correcting some bugy faces or edges in Modell , will be a pain ,,, applying materials and editing the texture and free form it over the object ,, it is really a pain to do it

Recommendations to others considering the product

well , if u gonna use it for draft and concepting , it can really help and give a professional look , but if u going in details and modeling and applying a freeform texture to an organic architecture for example , it will be a really headache ,

well u gonna use modelling program along side it , so i may recocmend checking Lumion3d ,,, its render so much faster , and give a wide range of options , just check another similer programs and balance ur choices and ur needs ,

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

importing and exporting 3d models between Autocad , sketchup , and many other 3d filetype , it helps to take some shoots ,, to illusterate a concept or idea ,

KeyShot review by <span>Grant F.</span>
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Fantastic software. Highly recommended.

What do you like best?

Not only is it one of the most affordable rendering softwares, but it is also the most intuitive and easiest to use. You can use almost any model from any software and take advantage of a user-interface that is so simple, it almost feels like an app. The rendering is also very quick relatively speaking.

What do you dislike?

I have noticed that getting light to shine correctly is somewhat odd. I tried to make a video in which a yellow light slowly started to rise on a moving car like a sunrise, but it came out really badly pixelated. It's possible I set it up wrong or used low quality rendering because I was in a rush, but it would be nice to have basic animations in lighting that you can just click to add such as sunrise or a moving light so the user doesn't have to create the light model and everything on their own.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There is an educational version for very cheap for those who qualify for it and the support people are helpful and will work with you to get it if necessary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use Keyshot to create images and videos for advertising my product.

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