Keyshot: Complete Rendering (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University

Keyshot: Complete Rendering (evenings) - Nottingham Trent University


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

On 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.

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.

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.

In addition to these sessions on campus, there'll also be an online after-care session with your tutor and the group to discuss any technical questions you have.

Level: Professional

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

Where you'll learn: You will be based in the School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment on the City Campus.

You’ll work in our spacious IT suites equipped with industry standard software including Keyshot and Adobe Creative Cloud.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

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

"I really enjoyed the course and got a lot out of it – Liam was very knowledgeable and a great teacher. It was practical and we worked through a lot of tutorials and exercises." BK

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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Six evenings of quality tuition delivered by an expert tutor.

Certificate of attendace upon completion.


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

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6 evenings (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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