Preparations

Preparations

We'll jump into the actual mod installation part in just a second after a few small preparational steps. By calibrating your monitor, we want to make sure that any graphical mods but especially ENBs or lighting overhauls don't look 'off' ingame and not at all like in the screenshots.

Monitor Calibration

Before we touch anything related to visuals, we should ensure your monitor's brightness and gamma settings are correct. Now assuming you have your monitor set to your preferred settings (in my case that is 1920x1080, the native resolution, and 60Hz), you might want to adjust brightness / gamma either through your graphics card (Control Panel > NVIDIA Control Panel > Adjust Desktop Color Settings) or Windows' in-built calibration tool (Control Panel > Colour Management > Advanced > Calibrate display). To help you find the sweet spot for your monitor, check out these resources below:

Keep in mind that your display should have been running for at least 30 minutes when you calibrate it.


DisplayPort / HDMI: Mangaclub, author of Vivid Weathers, recommends ensuring that your monitor's dynamic range is set to 'full'. Here are instructions for NVIDIA and AMD. (I actually had mine set to 'limited' and found that I was so used to it that setting it to 'full' only irritated me. Eventually I set it back to Limited.)

Creating a new profile in Mod Organizer 2

To preserve your current Core installation, we are going to copy it into a new instance for the Visuals part of this guide. You can either use one profile for all your graphics-related mods or one for each of the modules that we are going to go through during the next steps.

  1. In Mod Organizer 2, bring up the Profiles window by clicking the ID-card-icon in the top left icon bar.
  2. Select your Core profile and hit Copy.
  3. Name your new profile The Phoenix Flavour - Visuals. Then hit OK.
  4. Select your new profile in the list and make sure both options at the bottom are ticked.
  5. Close the Profiles window.
  6. Switch to your new profile using the drop-down menu at the top. It should look identical to your Core profile.

More dividers for Mod Organizer 2 (optional)

In addition to the dividers we used to keep our Core installation clean, here are our dividers for this part of the guide. Download them here - you can see the correct order below:


--- TWEAKS - FIXES ---
---- WEATHER ---

--- LIGHTING ---
--- RETEXTURES ---
--- APPEARANCE ---
--- FLORA - LANDSCAPE ---
--- CITIES - VILLAGES - INTERIORS ---
--- LATE LOADER---

More INI Tweaks

Let's close Mod Organizer 2 and run BethINI once more.


SETUP

  • Make sure BethINI points to the correct MO2 profile under INI path (The Phoenix Flavour - Visuals).

DETAIL

  • Godrays --- high frame drop, especially on AMD cards - would recommend disabling them entirely (or setting them to Medium/Low)
  • Particles: 6000
  • Make sure Interior Godrays is unchecked.
  • All four options under [Water] should be checked.
  • Ambient Occlusion: None
  • Shadow Resolution: 2048 --- 4096 has a considerable performance impact

VIEW DISTANCE

  • Grass Fade: 15000 --- or higher

Return to Basic and click Save and Exit.