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ExtraReal graphics shader

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Uploaded: 18th Sep 2017 at 3:28 PM
Updated: 19th Sep 2017 at 3:47 PM by GrijzePilion - Fixed an issue where assets would fail to load under certain circumstances

It's been about a year since I first tried my hand at using postprocessing to make my game more beautiful, and this shader has pretty much been in the works since then. As such, it's an evolved and seriously improved version of My first ReShade preset, and I strongly believe it has now been improved to virtual perfection.

This graphics mod is intended to make your game look more natural, more awesome, and more real. Days are brighter and more inspiring, nights are darker and more mysterious. Your entire game will be more vibrant and alive, and you'll no longer need Photoshop to make your screenshots look good.

Features include: Bokeh depth-of-field, ambient occlusion, chromatic abberation, anti-aliasing, HDR and adaptive sharpening.
This shader comes in three flavours: MEDIUM for mid-range PCs, HIGH for high-end PCs with powerful graphics cards, and ULTRA with the highest possible settings, for photographers. (ULTRA is not intended for regular gameplay.)
The shader is fully standalone, meaning the ReShade tool is not required for it to work.

It looks like an 80s movie!
~ newlibertysims

I seriously love the way it looks.
~ nilxis

About ReShade:

ReShade is an advanced, fully generic post-processing injector for games and video software. 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 and all the tools to make it happen.

If you want, you can download the ReShade tool at reshade.me. ReShade is easy to use and only needs to be run once to setup a game.
If you want to get started with ReShade yourself, follow @alverdine's excellent tutorial, right here on ModTheSims.

How to install:

1. Unzip the version of your choice in your main The Sims 3 install folder (typically C:/Program Files (x86)/Electronic Arts/The Sims 3/Game/Bin)
2. Done!

Additionally, some rough estimates of the lowest, highest and average framerates experienced in regular gameplay with a Nvidia GTX 1070:
Medium version: 25, 80, 45
High version: 15, 40, 25
Ultra version (not intended for regular gameplay): 2, 8, 5

Suitable graphics cards:

Listed below are a number of graphics cards that are definitely powerful enough to handle TS3 at high settings with ExtraReal.

- Nvidia GeForce GTX 960
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 970
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
- Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
- AMD Radeon RX 480
- AMD Radeon RX 470
- AMD Radeon R9 Fury
- AMD Radeon R9 390
- AMD Radeon R9 290


F7: ambient glow
F8: ambient occlusion / depth of field
F9: ambient bloom
F12: depth overlay
Scroll Lock: motion blur, depth haze, FXAA, lens flare, chromatic abberation, grain etc.

Additional credits:

Alverdine for the tutorial
Crosire for the tool
Pizza for existing
Nilxis for lending me his beautiful world, Uranesia
All of you for the feedback

Last revision: 15/9/17, 23:55:13