Friday, May 30th, 2014 Posted by Jim Thacker

Luxion ships KeyShot 5

Luxion has released KeyShot 5, the latest version of its intuitive rendering system, adding a new Sun and Sky system, support for instancing, and a range of other workflow and performance improvements.

Although primarily used in industrial design, KeyShot is increasingly being used by modelers and concept artists like Blizzard’s Dominic Qwek as a means to generate fast, high-quality renders of sculpts.

KeyShot 5 is available for Windows and Mac OS X. The HD version costs $995, and the Pro version, which has unlimited render resolution, costs $1,995. You can find full details of the new version in the press release below.

Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and maker of KeyShot®, the first real-time ray tracing and global illumination program, is pleased to release KeyShot 5, the next generation of Luxion’s groundbreaking 3D rendering and animation solution.

With KeyShot 5, we wanted to make the interface that revolutionized 3D rendering and animation even more simple to use with new ways to share resources, faster ways to work with materials, more powerful animation features and advanced capabilities.

The KeyShot Cloud leads features with the ability to download new resources and share custom assets. With this, a more streamlined interface delivers a completely updated user experience, smoother interaction of materials and options, a new Ribbon menu for common tools, Favorites and advanced material display. Rendering workflow enhancements introduce Instancing, ability to retain textures, seven new procedurals and speed increases for rendering large models. Animation users gain more power with the introduction of Fade Animation, Motion Blur and Events, while Pro users will receive NURBS ray-tracing, HDRI Editor updates with a new Sun & Sky System, Perspective matching and output to common 3D printer formats.

KeyShot 5 Features
The entire list of features in KeyShot 5 can be seen and downloaded in a What’s New guide that includes information on how each feature works. Highlights include:

  • KeyShot Cloud
    The KeyShot Cloud is the online library where users can download new resources, and share their own custom assets. Opening the KeyShot Cloud enables easy drag-and-drop downloading of new resources into their local KeyShot Library, and quick search features and filters to find the perfect resources for a scene. All resources remain on a user’s computer with a copy of the resource uploaded to the KeyShot Cloud and no scene or personal info stored online. The KeyShot Cloud is accessible directly from inside KeyShot and online at
  • NURBS Ray-tracing
    NURBS ray-tracing delivers more accurate geometry with smoother edges. This new import feature gives users the option to import and render NURBS geometry from their favorite 3D modeling application. The advantage is crisper visuals and smaller file sizes over data imported as triangle that can display edges and gaps on close detail shots. NURBS import is currently available for all geometry formats, including Creo, CATIA, Inventor, NX, Rhino, SolidWorks, Solid Edge, STEP, IGES, Parasolid and ALIAS. Available with KeyShot Pro versions.
  • Instancing
    Instancing allows users to duplicate parts in KeyShot and on import without increasing file size. Instancing of parts is available within KeyShot as a Pattern tool and completely automated in select KeyShot plugins. All instances can be treated separately for quick appearance studies or linked to apply materials quickly, but will all update when LiveLinking or update geometry is used.
  • Fade Animation
    The new Fade animation allows users to quickly apply an animation that fades parts from one opacity level to another. Through KeyShot Animation users add individual transforms that add animations with a click of a button instead of managing keyframes. Just as simple, Fade animations can be applied while adjusting the opacity of parts and groups on-the-fly which allows users to see the update in real-time as animations are created. Available with the KeyShot Animation Add-on.
  • Sun & Sky System
    KeyShot 5 introduces a new Sun & Sky system for automatic creation of physically accurate geographic lighting. Preset resolutions and locations together with day selection, time and turbidity sliders allow the creation of unlimited daylight scenarios. Custom Sun & Sky environments can be created by users as well and combined with other lighting options available in the KeyShot HDRI Editor. Available with KeyShot Pro versions.

KeyShot 5 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $995. As with previous versions, animation capabilities can be added to KeyShot for $500 and interactive KeyShotVR capabilities can be added for $1000.

Read a full list of new features in KeyShot 5 in Luxion’s website