How to Render Brushed Stainless Steel in KeyShot

Will Gibbons by Will Gibbons | Last Updated:   September 3, 2019

Having trouble rendering stainless steel?

Perhaps you like KeyShot for its drag-and-drop simplicity. However, if you’ve ever tried using a metal material to create a brushed stainless finish, you probably got stuck. The secret is that there’s a special material, and if you don’t know how to use it, you’ll probably end up with lackluster results.

Here’s why and what to do about it

The secret to beautiful and convincing stainless steel finishes is something called anisotropy. Anisotropy describes a specific kind of reflection that you see on things like the bottom of a CD or vinyl record, or on the bottom of stainless steel cookware. You know the pizza-slice-shaped reflections? That’s an anisotropic reflection. Because KeyShot has a special anisotropic material type, creating these finishes in KeyShot is actually quite simple once you know how. After watching this short tutorial, you’ll be an anisotropic champion!

In this tutorial you’ll learn how to:

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Will Gibbons
Will Gibbons is an industrial designer-turned rendering specialist. He's trained and worked with some of today's most recognizable brands and now is focused on creating the best product visualization content on the internet.