Luxion Releases KeyShot® 4

The HDR Editor now offers the ability to add a highlight to the environment by letting the user place it dynamically inside the realtime window. With a simple click on the model, the highlight will be located according to the environment image and may be adjusted by dragging the cursor over the model in the realtime render window. In addition, HDRI's can now be blurred, as well as tilted to achieve the desired lighting effect for the scene. 

Render passes and layers (Pro)
KeyShot 4 introduces new rendering options to aid in post production as well. Quickly render out a Depth, Normal or Clown pass along with the full resolution rendering. The Render layer option allows you to easily assign parts to a layer to be rendered out separately.

Stereoscopic viewing (Pro)
Run KeyShot in stereo-mode and view your models in 3D right on your screen. KeyShot extends the visual experience with support for stereo capability allowing you to work on your renderings and animations or present them to others in a virtual 3D setting.

An full overview of all new features and enhancements is available  here.

What customers are saying
KeyShot 4 has been undergoing an extended beta program where customers were able to help shape the product. Here are a few comments that were received from our customers during the beta testing period.

"Developing a software (whether is for rendering or not) always represents big challenges, one if which is how to increase the number of functions, make it more sophisticated while maintaining the same simplicity of use, speed and quality. KeyShot 4 is a brilliant example of how we are getting a lot more capabilities, while the level of simplicity, robustness, quality and speed remains as excellent as we have been getting from Luxion."
- Peter Kossev, Pixel Mathematics, Inc.

"In my opinion [the lighting] is a game changer for me. I will be able to add that extra pop to my images before post. I also used the new ground plane, which is another great feature."
- Tim Feher, CGI Leader, Interactive Marketing, Chrysler Group LLC

"I must say the new light source materials are a fantastic addition (especially IES support!). I've been reworking a scene that I made in KeyShot 3 by adding IES lights and area lights. The quality of the lighting and the speed of rendering seem are improved significantly from the basic emissive material in KeyShot 3 and I absolutely love the reworked translucent material! I feel that now -using surface color, subsurface color and translucency multiplier- I can get the exact look I have in mind within a few minutes and the diffusion of light materials through translucent objects is amazing.”
- Dries Vervoort, Mechanical designer, R&D, Caradon Heating Europe

“Guys, this is VERY COOL!!! So far my favorite are the “area light diffuse”. It helps to create spectacular images. I can gently light specific areas of the object for the perfect look. I also love the render passes. So far, so good, hasn't crashed once. This is really, really GREAT stuff!!!”
- Piotr Kolus, Digital Artist, Ars Thanea

KeyShot 4 is available immediately. Pricing starts at $995. As with previous versions, animation capabilities can be added to KeyShot 4 for $500 and interactive KeyShotVR capabilities can be added for $1000.

All customers who bought KeyShot on or after November 23rd, 2012, as well as all customers who purchased KeyShot for Education will receive the upgrade to KeyShot 4 free of charge. All KeyShot customers with subscription will automatically receive the upgrade to KeyShot 4. All other customer can upgrade to KeyShot 3 for an incremental fee.

For more information please contact For more information on KeyShot 3D rendering, animation and KeyShotVR please visit

About Luxion
Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology.  KeyShot is the first real-time ray tracing and global illumination program for  3D rendering and animation that uses a physically correct rendering engine certified by the CIE (International Commission on Illumination). Addressing the visualization needs of designers, engineers, marketing professionals, photographers and CG specialists, KeyShot breaks down the complexity of creating photographic images and animations from 3D digital data. Luxion’s customer list includes many of the Fortune 1000 product manufacturers and major industrial design companies including Chrysler, Fossil, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, IDEO and SMART Design. Visit for more information.

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