KeyShot creator Luxion and ZBrush maker Pixologic announced a new workflow allowing ZBrush users to render models using KeyShot.

The new KeyShot for ZBrush is a standalone renderer that integrates with ZBrush through a new ZBrush to KeyShot bridge plug-in that can be activated inside the newly released ZBrush 4R7. Artists send updated versions of the ZBrush mesh to KeyShot for rendering with a single click, then continue to work in ZBrush.


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The KeyShot for ZBrush workflow includes all of KeyShot's features, including material and lighting presets, the companies said. SubTools, PolyPaint and MatCaps are maintained through the transfer process, and there are no software limits on the output resolution.

Pixologic ZBrush 4R7 is $795, or a free upgrade for existing users. KeyShot for ZBrush, including the bridge plug-in, is set to sell for $349, with an introductory price of $249, for Mac OS X and Windows 32-bit or 64-bit. Note that KeyShot for ZBrush will only work with ZBrush files. The ZBrush to KeyShot Bridge plug-in by itself, for users who want to bridge ZBrush with their existing KeyShot Pro ($1995) or KeyShot HD ($995) software, is $149. Trial downloads are available from KeyShot's website.