Materials realism at core of Keyshot 8.0 release

Published 11 October 2018

Posted by Al Dean

Article tagged with: rendering, visualisation, keyshot, luxion, materials

If you’re rendering sparkly materials, fluids with bubbles or other awesomeness, then this is the release for you!

Luxion has announced the release of KeyShot 8, which introduces a host of new tools and enhancements that aim to provide the advanced features and flexibility 3D professionals to create amazing visuals, while delivering on speed and quality.

While KeyShot built its reputation of providing a very efficient route from CAD data to rendered output, recent releases has seen the company start to introduce more sophisticated control over how both scenes are constructed and how materials, in particular, are defined.

KeyShot 8 continues much of this work adding advanced technology and features such as displacement mapping, materials with embedded flakes and bubbles, volumetric materials including volume caustics, liquid interfaces, interactive cutaways, interactive image colour and intensity curve adjustments, material ways for advanced product configurations, and much more.

The new image styles tools provide post processing of images - reducing the need for further post in a separate application

Together these features represent capabilities that streamline the workflow, producing more flow and less work, while eliminating the dependence on switching between apps to create the detail and appearance needed.

“KeyShot 8 is a milestone release that expands the capabilities for KeyShot users and increases stability to both streamline the 3D rendering process and the 3D rendered results,” says Claus Wann Jensen, Co-founder and CEO of Luxion.

“The involvement from hundreds of amazing KeyShot users has helped set the foundation for the new capabilities in KeyShot 8 and for the improvements to come.”

KeyShot 8 includes features and updates specific to five areas - materials and volume, lighting and optics, advanced geometry, image and output, and collaboration - although two have immediately caught our eye:

Geometry Node: If you’re familiar with the Material Graph introduced in the last few release, you’ll know that this is the route to defining more complex materials. KeyShot super charges what can be done with a new Geometry node which allows you to apply a shader to modify the geometry of a part (rather than just the surface texture/material).

This means that you can very quickly start to add bubbles into fluids, displacement maps for more complex structured materials and start to add in flakes for those sparkley or filled material asisgnments.

Image Styles: A new feature that allows users to make photographic adjustments to the KeyShot scene in real-time prior to or after rendering. Multiple Image Styles may be created and added to a list for a range of different styles that can then be used in KeyShot Studios.

The Photographic option includes adjustments for Tone-Mapping, Curve control, Color adjustments, Background color override, and the ability to apply a Frontplate.

KeyShot 8 is available immediately for download and purchasedirectly and through all certified KeyShot resellers.

All customers who purchased KeyShot on or after 15 August 2018, as well as all customers who purchased KeyShot for Education or KeyShot for ZBrush, will receive the upgrade to KeyShot 8 free of charge.

All KeyShot customers with active annual maintenance will automatically receive the upgrade to KeyShot 8. Cost of new licences start from $995.


they must have taken some inspiration from VRED ...

Posted by Peter Cautious on 11 October 2018 at 07:49 PM

Great work! It was a pleasure working with sparkly materials Design. They exceeded my expectations. I would highly recommend. Thank you.

Posted by Ana on 27 October 2018 at 08:21 AM

Leave a comment

Enter the word you see below: