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Keyshot: Complete Rendering

image of kettle rendered in keyshot software
  • Level(s) of study: Short course
  • Study mode(s): Short course
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: 12 July 2021
  • Course duration: Monday and Tuesday, 10 am - 4 pm, two days


Many industry leaders use renders instead of photography now, and for good reason.

In this course, you’ll learn how to create stunning renders of 3D CAD models using Keyshot.

It’s ideal for product designers, interior and spatial designers and architects who want to use rendering to create visually impactful shots of their designs when studio photography may be unaffordable or inaccessible.

This course is suitable for anyone who has basic 3D CAD modelling experience.

Rendering is not just a glamourous end to a design process.

It can also be used to promote your own work and impress potential employers, customers or investors.

It allows you to test the aesthetic of a design without prototyping it, and saves you money that would have to be spent on a photographer and studio.

Design companies all over the world are therefore turning to CGI to improve how they market their products.

This course is suitable for beginners with a knowledge of CAD as it will start with the basics, however, there will be lots of information that more experienced users will benefit from based on my experience with the software.

The goal is always to make rendering as easy as possible, so that you can spend as much time as possible making a better product.

Secure your place with a deposit

If you're booking two months or more before the course starts, we can accept a £100 deposit to secure your place.

The balance is due one month before the course starts.

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply.

Email us to find out how:

What will I gain?

Upon completing this course, you will be able to apply your rendering knowledge to a wide range of projects, and identify what scene would work well for a certain product.

You will be able to create advanced Keyshot renders using a combination of the basic and expert tools.

You will leave with professional renders that will enhance your portfolio or CV, elevating your work above the rest of the competition.

Here's what our previous attendees said:

"Was great to meet Liam and learn some of his wizardry." TV

"Liam was a great teacher, very knowledgeable." GR

"I enjoyed the technicality in the materials graphs and learning all the aspects of post processing" GR

"I was provided with enough resources to practice on my own. I would definitely attend more Keyshot courses, and will recommend this course to my friends." PC

Tutor profile: Liam Martin is a product designer and part-time lecturer at NTU.

Since graduating with First Class Honours he has spent thousands of hours honing his CAD skills by completing mini projects, most notably for the Instagram-based rendering competition #renderweekly where he has been featured on the competition page several times.

In his lecturing work, Liam predominantly teaches CAD to design students.

His role is to take students of all abilities though the basic functionality of SolidWorks 3D modelling software as well as Keyshot.

Outside of teaching, Liam is a freelance CGI artist, working with companies worldwide to visualise their projects with CGI, spending the vast amount of his time within Keyshot.

He has recently started a YouTube channel to share his experience in these programs with the wider public and to answer questions his students may have outside of classes.

His work can be seen on Instagram or via

Indicative maximum class size: 10

Any questions?

Contact the short course team:


Tel: +44 (0)115 848 2813

What you'll study

On this course you will:

  • build a realistic scene from scratch using a CAD model
  • follow processes led by the tutor, step-by-step
  • customise scenes to your own taste
  • create realistic textures including metals, wood, plastics, fabrics and other materials
  • manipulate and edit highly-detailed materials in Keyshot and use external textures
  • compose and render a photo-realistic scene from scratch
  • light scenes using a combination of basic and advanced techniques
  • create and edit highly-detailed materials using external textures
  • navigate Keyshot efficiently using a variety of workflow techniques
  • output renders using optimised settings.

Entry requirements

Level: Professional

Entry requirement: You should have a professional or academic background in design, and be a confident design software user.

Level: Professional

Entry requirement: You should have a professional or academic background in design, and be a confident design software user.

Fees and funding

The fee for this course is £220.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

The fee for this course is £330.

Payment is due at the time of booking.

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418