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Luxion and Pixologic Partner to Release ‘KeyShot for ZBrush’

Luxion and Pixologic announce partnership to bring ‘KeyShot’ technology and solutions to ZBrush, Pixologic’s popular 3D sculpting modeling tool.


Luxion, a leading developer of advanced rendering and lighting technology and the maker of KeyShot*, is now available with ‘KeyShot for ZBrush’ and the ZBrush to KeyShot Bridge, with the release of ZBrush 4R7.

Pixologic’s ZBrush is known throughout the 3D industry as the key software for generating digital sculptures fast. With an integrated workflow between ZBrush and KeyShot introduced in the past, 3D artists realized the two as an indispensable combo for creating concepts quickly.

‘KeyShot for ZBrush’

Pixologic takes this integration even further with ‘KeyShot for ZBrush’, a standalone rendering solution with direct integration inside ZBrush, through the ZBrush to KeyShot Bridge, that allows users to visualize their concepts, creating light studies in KeyShot as they continue to sculpt, texture, and paint their ZBrush model.

01-KeyShot for ZBrush speeds workflow with immediate visualization of materials and lighting

01 – KeyShot for ZBrush speeds workflow with immediate visualization of materials and lighting. (Image: modeled in ZBrush, rendered in KeyShot by Plotr Rushnarczyk. All rights reserved.)

“The speed and realism KeyShot offers, compliments the ZBrush artist’s workflow perfectly,” says Jaime Labelle, COO at Pixologic. “The feedback from artists has been instrumental in the development effort, for a process that is faster than ever before. It’s this partnership with Luxion and the new modeling capability in ZBrush 4R which allow artists to explore beyond the limits of imagination.”

02 - Image by Cki Vang

02 – Another product of the combo of ZBrush and KeyShot. (Image: Cki Vang. All rights reserved.)

“We are amazed at the capabilities ZBrush brings to the 3D Artist,” says Henrik Wann Jensen, Co-founder and Chief Scientist of Luxion. “In an industry where concepts are needed quickly and the artist’s workflow needs to be faster, ‘KeyShot for ZBrush’ provides the modeling and rendering speed that those in media and entertainment require.”

03 - Image by Marco Plouffe-ruby

03 – (Image: by Marco Plouffe_ruby. All rights reserved.)

“The first time I saw KeyShot, I immediately realized how I could show my art, my models, my products more effectively than other render engines,” says Cki Vang, CG Artist. “For me the KeyShot Bridge is the cool feature of the year. Each SubTool can have a different material shader—light, glass, metal, et cetera. It’s very useful for the designers, offering us the possibility to obtain final presentation faster.”

How it works

‘KeyShot for ZBrush’ is activated from inside ZBrush when an artist is ready to set lighting and materials for their creation with all SubTools sent directly to KeyShot. As a separate program, ZBrush users can apply materials and lighting while continuing to work within Zbrush to refine their idea, then send updates over to KeyShot to see their updates immediately. The integration allows for any number of SubTools and complete support of MatCaps while retaining all texturing and PolyPainting.

Pricing & Availability

The 32-bit and 64-bit release of ZBrush 4R7 (list price 795.USD) is a free upgrade for all registered ZBrush users. For those who have already purchased KeyShot, the ZBrush to KeyShot Bridge is available for 149.USD. The ‘KeyShot for ZBrush’ + Bridge bundle (list price 349.USD) is available for 249.USD for limited time. Both may be purchased through the Pixologic store. Current ZBrush users may upgrade to ZBrush 4R7 through the ZBrush download center. For more information on ZBrush 4R7, please visit For information on features inside KeyShot, visit

About Luxion

Luxion is a leading developer of advanced 3D rendering and lighting technology. KeyShot is the first realtime ray tracing application that uses a physically correct render engine based on scientific research in the areas of scientifically accurate material representation and global 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, Procter & Gamble, Skullcandy, IDEO and SMART Design. Visit for more information.

About Pixologic

Founded in 1997, Pixologic Incorporated develops and markets innovative software tools for the film and video, games, graphic design, and illustration markets. ZBrush is a graphic application aimed at simplifying the science behind generating computer graphics. ZBrush appeals to a wide audience by providing empowering tools that give the users intuitive and visual control over the digitalimages they create. Pixologic is privately owned and is located in California, with offices in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and France. Visit for more information.

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