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ReShade Guide

What is ReShade?

ReShade is a post-processing tool that you can use to fine tune or add graphical enhancements to your game.

From ReShade website:

ReShade is a generic post-processing injector for games and video software developed by crosire. Imagine your favorite game with ambient occlusion, real depth of field effects, color correction and more … ReShade exposes an automated and generic way to access both frame color and depth information (latter is automatically disabled during multiplayer to prevent exploitation) and all the tools to make it happen.

With this guide, we are going to show you how to install and deploy the basic shaders to Skyforge. You can check what they can do in the comparison below:

Installation

First, to download ReShade, head to their site clicking here, and hit the Download button.

After that, execute the installer.
You’re going to see the screen below.

Click on Select a game, go to your Skyforge installation folder, open the Bin32 folder, and double click Skyforge.exe.

After that, click (even if it’s already selected) on Direct3D 9.

Next, you’re going to select your shaders. We are going to start with the basic ones to get the results shown above.

It’s recommended to only select the shaders you’re going to use, to optimize load and processing times. Don’t worry, you can redo those steps later to pick more shaders.

In this guide we are using:

  • Colourfulness.fx
  • Curves.fx
  • Levels.fx
  • LumaSharpen.fx

After you hit OK, the shaders will be downloaded by the installer.

And the installation part is done!

You can customize some aspects of the tool, but you can leave like that for now.

Let’s jump in game to finish the setup.

In Game Setup

As soon as you launch the game, you’re going to see a message similar to the one below. Your game will look the same until we activate the shaders.

The “Home” key is your default key to open the panel. The first time you do, a quick tutorial will show.

But be careful, every click is passed to the game too, so we recommend that you open the chat screen (or another screen that you can’t take actions) before using it. You can also move and resize the panel to stay away of important stuff.

After you finish your tutorial, this is the screen you’re going to see.

At the home tab you can see the shaders selected before, settings tab will allow you to customize the tool, and some cool stuff is under statistics.

Let’s move forward with the shader setup.

Now, hit Performance Mode and then activate the shaders one by one.

And that’s pretty much it for the basic setup of ReShade!

Now, as a plus, let’s explore it a bit more.

First, you can create profiles.
You can have one for your day to day, with more stuff activated, and other for PvP or Raids, with stuff disabled to go easy on your FPS.

And if you disable the Performance Mode, you can fine tune each shader. Just remember to activate it again once you’re done.

I'm Having Issues or I Want to Uninstall

First, issues can happen, because some graphics cards and/or driver version can throw a temper and don’t work with one shader or another, or even the rendering API. If that happen, your game might not launch. Let’s try to fix it then.

First, you can try to switch the render API. Uninstall ReShade by launching the setup again, selecting Skyforge.exe and then hitting Uninstall. After that, redo the installation steps but instead of picking Direct3D 9, select another renderer API, like OpenGL.

If the issue persists, open the Skyforge.exe folder, and you’re going to find a folder named “reshade-shaders”. Open the folder, and open the Shaders inside it. Now, one by one, move the *.fx files (only the ones that you installed, leave the other ones there) out of this folder and try to launch the game.

If Skyforge works again, leave the problematic *.fx out, and move the others back in, one by one again.
This fixes most the issues. When you get a new driver version for your graphic card, try to put the shader you wanted again, maybe it will work now.

But if nothing works, or you just want to get rid of ReShade, launch the installer again, point to Skyforge.exe, and a new screen will ask if you want to Update or Uninstall. Hit the latter and you’re good to go again!