Wednesday, March 13th, 2024 Posted by Jim Thacker

Luxion releases KeyShot 2024

Luxion has begun its KeyShot 2024 releases, its latest annual series of updates to the renderer.

KeyShot 2024.1 adds a built-in image sharpening effect, and improves render performance in GPU Mode by “around 12%”.

An intuitive ray tracing renderer for visualization and portfolio work
KeyShot is a standalone CPU and GPU-based ray tracing renderer with integration plugins for a range of popular DCC and CAD applications.

It has an intuitive workflow, intended to enable non-specialist artists to create photorealistic renders of imported 3D models, and also includes simple technical animation capabilities.

Although it is used by entertainment artists to create portfolio renders, having previously been the de facto third-party renderer for ZBrush, its key market is product visualization.

KeyShot 2024.1: new image sharpening effect, and better GPU rendering performance
KeyShot 2024.1 is a performance and workflow update, with only two new features listed in the release notes.

The main one is the new built-in Image Sharpening effect shown in the video above, intended to reduce the need to post-process renders in image-editing software.

Under the hood, KeyShot has been updated to use OptiX 8, the latest version of NVIDIA’s GPU ray tracing API, improving median render performance in GPU Mode “around 12%”.

Outside the core application, performance of the KeyShot Web Viewer, used to view online content created by the KeyShot Web add-on, has also been improved.

Price and system requirements
KeyShot 2024.1 is available for Windows 10+ and macOS 11.7+. Integration plugins are available for a range of DCC and CAD tools, including 3ds Max, Blender, Cinema 4D and Maya.

The software is available rental-only. KeyShot Pro subscriptions cost $1,188/year. KeyShot Web and network rendering are available via separate subscriptions.

Read an overview of the new features in KeyShot 2024.1 on Luxion’s blog

Read a full list of new features in KeyShot 2024.1 in the online release notes