Getting Started:

You may not guess it, but the Render Weekly team is self-taught when it comes to rendering - which means that you can do it too! This isn’t a comprehensive list, but it’s a jumping-off point of some of our favorite resources to get you moving in the right direction. Get ready for the ride of your life.



“The purpose of minimalism is to make life of the consumer easier. A job that a designer does not do is the job that a consumer will have to do — continually throughout the lifetime of a product. When a designer decides to manifest an interaction that can be accomplished with one knob as three buttons, he dooms the consumer to do three things instead of one for the whole life time of the product. Multiply this by the number of products sold and this negligence becomes a catastrophe.

Think about it: you spend a day making something simple that will save just one second of the consumer’s life. The product sells to one million consumers who use it for 5 years and interact with it twice a day — this is 3,650,000,000 seconds, or approximately 42200 days, or 115 years. This is a whole life time of a person and then some. This day of work of just one designer has a tremendous impact.”

Esben Oxholm x Render Weekly: How to Render Clearly Defined Caustics using KeyShot

How to Render Defined Caustics in Complex Scenes without problems using KeyShot. In this tutorial Esben walks us through the necessary steps to render clean and defined caustics.

“I'll start by establishing three prerequisites needed to generate caustics, before moving into KeyShot and setting up lighting presets, materials and lighting. After that I'll add a couple of more advanced materials to the ground, wall and spotlight and talk a look at the problems that arises. In the last section I'll show how you can use an additional model set, in collaboration with compositing in Photoshop, to overcome the issues.

KeyShot x Render Weekly: Exploded View

“Render Weekly week 49 is brought to you by KeyShot! Watch this video to learn techniques to create exploded views and component layouts using KeyShot.

We cover: - Tips for creating an exploded view - Using Model Sets in KeyShot for different model layouts - Setting up and saving your camera view - Using Geometry View to move parts around - Moving parts and selections - Using the Move Tool (Ctrl-D) to select and position - Using the Pattern tool to duplicate parts”

How to Create Dramatic Lighting in KeyShot (Ultra-Beginner)

“In collaboration with Render Weekly, I created a starter video to give you some inspiration and help you get going for this week's challenge. Use ONE LIGHT ONLY to create dramatic lighting in your next rendering.”

Tips for rendering white products on white backgrounds

“Tips for rendering white products on white backgrounds: Rendering completely white products on completely white backgrounds can be a tricky business. Luckily, with a few tips it quickly becomes way easier. In this tutorial I’ll be using KeyShot 7 Pro to walk you through the process of adjusting materials and lighting (based on the analysis of an Apple Airpod rendering) to get a pretty good white-on-white look in just a few minutes.”

KeyShot Webinar 49: Product Design Visual Workflow

“Special guest presenter and CG Artist, Esben Oxholm, takes you through the workflow for creating amazing product design visuals. You will gain insight into model prep, material selections and lighting setup along with plenty of tips along the way.”

Keyshot Webinar 57: How to Use the KeyShot Material Graph

“Learn to use the Material Graph and take your materials to the next level in KeyShot.”