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ExtraReal graphics shader

by GrijzePilion Posted 18th Sep 2017 at 4:28 PM - Updated 19th Sep 2017 at 4:47 PM by GrijzePilion : Fixed an issue where assets would fail to load under certain circumstances
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THE RESULT OF MORE THAN A YEAR OF TINKERING AND EXPERIMENTING.

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:


Quote:
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:


Standalone:
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




Hotkeys:


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

You must have the expansion or stuff packs listed below installed to use this custom content. Please see the post text for any exceptions.

Sims 3
Key: - File was updated after upload was posted
Filename - Tip: You can click the magnifying glass to see the archive contents Size Downloads Date
TS3_ExtraReal_High.zip | Description: FIXED VERSION 21.48 MB 1,182 19th Sep 2017
TS3_ExtraReal_Medium.zip | Description: FIXED VERSION 21.48 MB 1,339 19th Sep 2017
TS3_ExtraReal_Ultra.zip | Description: FIXED VERSION 21.48 MB 799 19th Sep 2017
Don't forget to Thank the creator after downloading! Use the Thanks button located above the screenshots above.
Quick Guide:

1. Click the file listed on the Files tab to download the file to your computer.
2. Extract the zip, rar, or 7z file. Now you will have either a .package or a .sims3pack file.

For Package files:

1. Cut and paste the file into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Mods\Packages folder. If you do not already have this folder, you should read the full guide to Package files first: Sims 3:Installing Package Fileswiki, so you can make sure your game is fully patched and you have the correct Resource.cfg file.
2. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).

For Sims3Pack files:

1. Cut and paste it into your Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 3\Downloads folder. If you do not have this folder yet, it is recommended that you open the game and then close it again so that this folder will be automatically created. Then you can place the .sims3pack into your Downloads folder.
2. Load the game's Launcher, and click on the Downloads tab. Find the item in the list and tick the box beside it. Then press the Install button below the list.
3. Wait for the installer to load, and it will install the content to the game. You will get a message letting you know when it's done.
4. Run the game, and find your content where the creator said it would be (build mode, buy mode, Create-a-Sim, etc.).


Extracting from RAR, ZIP, or 7z: You will need a special program for this. For Windows, we recommend 7-Zip and for Mac OSX, we recommend Keka. Both are free and safe to use.


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