Using the New KeyShot Light Manager

With KeyShot 10, we introduce a new Light Manager to control all your scene lighting from one locations. Today, we'll learn about the Light Manager features and how you can use it to better manage all types of scene lighting.

KeyShot Light Manager

Along with the addition of Light Gizmos and updates to physical lighting in KeyShot 10, we are excited to  introduce the all new Light Manager to make working with scene lighting  easier than ever. Using the new dockable panel, the Light Manager allows you to control all scene lighting from a single location reducing the need to jump between menus and panels to make adjustments.


Open the Light Manager

With your scene open, you can access the Light Manager three different ways. 1) From the Main menu select Window, Light Manager 2) use the keyboard hotkey, Shift-L or 3) from the KeyShot Ribbon menu, select Lighting from the Workspace dropdown.

1. Environment Lighting 2. Physical Lights 3. Parts applied with the Physical Light

1. Adjust Environment Lighting

At the top of the Light Manager, you’ll find a series of Environment Lighting options to adjust Brightness, Contrast, and Rotation (orientation), as well as an Environment dropdown to switch between environments used in the scene.

2. Adjust Physical Lighting

After the Light Manager is open, you’ll notice that light controls previously found under each individual, Material Properties subtab is now easily accessed from a single list. Here you may adjust individual light properties such as Color, Power, Temperature, and Radius and Beam Angle depending on the type of physical light used. Double-click the light to view the Properties in the Project, Material tab.

3. View Parts Applied with Light Materials

To see the parts that have the material applied, click the + icon. This allows you to easily toggle the visibility of each part. Double-click a part in the Light Manager to select it in the Scene Tree.

KeyShot 10’s Light Manager helps make scene lighting setup faster than ever before, so next time you’re working with lights in your KeyShot scenes, give it a try and you’ll be sure to make lighting your scenes an absolute breeze. You can learn more about Lighting and the KeyShot Light Manager in the KeyShot Manual.

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