STEP 2 - ENBSERIES

2.1 GENERAL NOTES

Performance-wise ENB is among the most demanding graphical improvements. It can also have a huge impact visually. To get stable 60FPS with an ENB preset you need a decently strong PC and quite possibly tone down some settings but it is very doable. Even if you’re not interested in most of the bells and whistles, ENB ambient occlusion, SMAA and colour correction alone are certainly worthwhile.

With ENB Man – the preset management tool we will be using – you can easily switch between presets. ENB presets can be edited and toggled directly ingame at any time.

The Customisation section includes instructions to clean out ENBSeries and all related files from the guide.

2.2 ENBSERIES OVERVIEW

ENBSeries binaries
These are the core files required to run ENBSeries. They are forbidden to be shared with presets and can only be acquired from the official website. They consist of two plugins (d3d11.dll and d3dcompiler_46e.dll) and an INI file, storing all general settings (enblocal.ini). These files belong into your root folder.

enbseries.ini
The bulk of configuration changes are stored in the enbseries.ini file in which you can tweak all general settings and toggle them on or off. This INI is unique to its preset and also belongs into your root folder.

enbseries folder
This folder should be located in your root folder and it includes all additional effect files (INI files and additional folders). The included effects vary from preset to preset, depending on what the author is utilising. In rare cases, the effect INIs are outside the enbseries folder and kept in the root folder as well (this is the case for the guide’s preset, Visceral ENB).

enblocal.ini
This file stores your personal settings and it’s completely independent from your preset which is why we are going to set up a global configuration that you can easily configure and apply at any time. Settings you can control through the INI file are hotkeys, forcing VSYNC / frame lock, preset shader cache, some fixes and additional graphical options such as antialiasing.

2.3 ENB MAN SETUP

  • Download ENB Man (the main file) manually from the Nexus.
  • Extract ENBMan.exe to Your Modding Folder\Tools\ENB Man.
  • (Optional) Add ENBMan.exe to your Desktop / Taskbar.
  • Run ENBMan.exe and click the green plus to add a new game.
  • Click the folder icon and point ENBMan at your SkyrimSE.exe (located in your root folder).
  • You might want to edit the name to indicate that it’s the Special Edition (I’ve changed it to Skyrim SE).
  • Click the green checkmark to confirm.
  • Double-click the new Skyrim SE profile.

2.4 ENBSERIES BINARIES

  • Download the latest version of ENBSeries for Skyrim SE.
  • Open the downloaded archive and double-click the WrapperVersion folder.
  • Back in ENB Man, click the arrow under Binaries and select Add.
  • Enter ENBSeries and the version number as name (eg ENBSeries 0.390).
  • Click the green checkmark to confirm.
  • From the Archive’s WrapperVersion folder, drag the following files into the emtpy Binaries window:
    • d3d11.dll
    • d3dcompiler_46e.dll
    • enblocal.ini
  • Click the green checkmark to confirm.

2.5 GLOBAL INI SETTINGS

IMPORT ENBLOCAL INI

  • Click the gears icon under Global Settings.
  • A new window will come up. Click the green plus icon.
  • As name, enter enblocal.ini. It will now appear in the list.
  • Double-click your new enblocal.ini.
  • In the new window, click Import Settings in the top bar.
  • Navigate to Your Modding Folder\Tools\ENBMan\Games\Skyrim SE\Binaries\ENBSeries 0.4xx.
  • Double-click the enblocal.ini inside to import it and check all boxes.

ENABLE SHADER CACHE

  • Find the PERFORMANCE section and double-click ShaderCache.
  • Change the value to true.
  • Click the green checkmark to confirm.

SAVE GLOBAL CONFIGURATION

  • Click Save in the top bar (the hard drive icon) and close the window.
  • Back in the Global Configuration Files window, check enblocal.ini.
  • Click the green checkmark to close the window.

2.6 PRESET SELECTION

For the purposes of this guide we will be using my personal favourite preset – Visceral ENB, warm and dreamy but still natural enough and quite performance-friendly. You can install any other preset the same way (there are recommendations later in the Customisation section).

Follow the instructions to install Visceral ENB now. Later you can install other presets if you like.

2.7 CREATE A NEW PRESET

  • Download Visceral ENB (Visceral ENB – Obsidian Weathers and Seasons) manually.
  • Back in ENB Man, click the arrow under Presets and select Blank preset.
  • Enter a name for the new preset, e.g. Visceral ENB – for Obsidian Weathers [1.5].
  • Click the green checkmark to confirm.

My personal “naming scheme” for presets is {Preset Name} – for {Weather Overhaul} [version number]. Feel free to come up with your own.

2.8 IMPORT THE PRESET

  • Navigate to Your Modding Folder\temp.
  • Open the downloaded ENB Preset archive.
  • Double-click the folder inside, then extract all files into the temp folder.
  • Drag-and-drop all files from the temp folder into ENB Man.
  • Remove all files inside the temp folder.

Note: Extracting the files into temp before importing them into ENB Man is done because importing directly from the ZIP archive can be a little buggy at times (skipping files and such).

2.9 ACTIVATE THE PRESET

  • Select the latest version of ENBSeries under Binary and tick the checkbox.
  • Click the green checkmark at the bottom of the window to install the preset.