A generic post-processing injector for games and video software

ReShade

ReShade

  -  3.48 MB  -  Open Source
  • Latest Version

    ReShade 6.1.1 LATEST

  • Review by

    Sophia Jones

  • Operating System

    Windows 7 / Windows 7 64 / Windows 8 / Windows 8 64 / Windows 10 / Windows 10 64 / Windows 11

  • User Rating

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  • Author / Product

    ReShade Team / External Link

  • Filename

    ReShade_Setup_6.1.1.exe

  • MD5 Checksum

    66be9e4eed5cb2d1c66de1f4264ba23e

ReShade is an open-source post-processing injector that can intercept the certain information videogame engines are sending from CPU to GPU, and alter that data in order to incorporate brand new rendering techniques used to alter the look of final game visuals.

With this app, PC gamers can effortlessly add a wide variety of custom processing templates to their favorite video games, adding new elements such as  Anti-Aliasing, screen-space ambient occlusion, chromatic aberration, depth of field effects, film grain, color correction, color post-processing, multi-pass blurring and many other effects that are not natively supported by many video games.

It is important to note that while ReShade for PC has the ability to work with frame color and depth information data generated by the game engine, the depth information and the plugins that depend on it are available only during the singleplayer games to prevent possible exploitation and cheating in a multiplayer environment. In addition to the built-in plugins, users are also encouraged to create their own using ReShade’s very own shading language and transcompiler named ReShade FX.

Managed by “croside” and constantly upgraded with community contribution, this useful post-processing utility has managed to become one of the most common ways gamers from all around the world can alter the look of their favorite game titles. To install and get it up and running, users are simply required to download the app, start the setup tool, follow the instructions, get into the game, and press the hotkey button that will turn on the ReShade overlay.

It should be noted that this app can drain a few rendering resources during gaming, and various effects can especially strain your GPU. This is most obvious with the demanding raytracing plugins that can introduce realistic lightning to games but requires top-of-the-line GPU hardware to reach playable framerates.

Features

Customizable Effects
It provides an extensive library of effects that can be combined and tweaked to create unique visual styles. From sharpening and ambient occlusion to depth-based effects and color grading, users have complete control over how their games look.

Real-time Configuration
The software allows for on-the-fly adjustments, enabling users to experiment with different settings and instantly see the results in-game without the need for restarts or additional setup.

Easy Installation
It offers a user-friendly installation process, providing detailed instructions and automatic configuration for most games. It supports a wide range of DirectX versions and can be easily integrated into popular game launchers.

Community-Driven Presets
Users can access a vast library of community-created presets, which are pre-configured combinations of effects that achieve specific visual styles or mimic popular cinematic looks. This feature simplifies the customization process for those who prefer not to fine-tune every setting manually.

Compatibility
It works with a vast array of PC games, regardless of genre or release date, making it a versatile tool for gamers looking to enhance the graphics of their favorite titles.

User Interface

It sports a clean and intuitive user interface. It features a straightforward layout, providing easy access to all the customization options. The interface allows users to load and manage presets, adjust individual effects, and fine-tune parameters using sliders and toggles. The simplicity of the interface ensures that both novice and advanced users can navigate the software with ease.

Installation and Setup
  • Download the latest version of ReShade from the official website or FileHorse.
  • Run the installer and select the game you want to enhance. It will automatically detect the game's executable file.
  • Choose the DirectX version used by the game.
  • Select the effects you want to install from the available library or skip this step to manually install effects later.
  • Start the game, and the app will display an overlay that allows you to configure the effects in real time.
How to Use

Once installed, it provides various customization options. Here's a quick guide on using the software effectively:
  • Accessing the Configuration Menu: Press the designated key (usually "Shift + F2") to open the ReShade overlay during gameplay.
  • Loading and Managing Presets: Use the overlay to load community presets or create and save your own for different games.
  • Adjusting Effects: Fine-tune individual effects by modifying their parameters using the sliders and toggles in the configuration menu.
  • Real-time Preview: Observe the changes in real-time as you tweak the settings to achieve your desired visual style.
  • Saving Configuration: Once satisfied with your adjustments, save the configuration for future use or share it with the ReShade community.
FAQ

Can ReShade be used with any game?
The app is compatible with a wide range of PC games. However, certain anti-cheat systems or games with heavily modified graphics engines may not work well with ReShade.

Are there any performance impacts while using ReShade?
It does impose some performance overhead, as it adds post-processing effects to the game's rendering pipeline. The impact on performance will vary depending on the game, hardware configuration, and the effects enabled.

Can I create my own effects in ReShade?
Yes, it provides a framework for users to develop their own custom effects using the ReShade.fx shader language. Advanced users with programming knowledge can explore this feature to create unique visual enhancements.

Are there any risks associated with using ReShade?
ReShade is generally safe to use, but it's important to download it from the official website or FileHorse to ensure you're getting the authentic software. Additionally, using the app in online multiplayer games might be against the terms of service of some games, so it's essential to check the game's policies.

Can I use ReShade on consoles or non-Windows platforms?
Unfortunately, the app is currently only compatible with Windows-based PC games. Console platforms and non-Windows operating systems are not supported.

Alternatives

GeForce Experience: Exclusive to Nvidia graphics card users, Nvidia Freestyle offers real-time post-processing filters to customize the visuals of supported games.

AMD Software: Adrenalin Edition
: Feature AMD Radeon Image Sharpening - Specifically for AMD graphics card users, this feature enhances image quality by applying sharpening algorithms to supported games.

ENB Series
: A comprehensive collection of visual enhancements for various games, providing advanced features like volumetric lighting and improved shaders.

System Requirements

ReShade for PC is compatible with all modern rendering APIs such as Direct3D 9, Direct3D 10, Direct3D 11, Direct3D 12, OpenGL, and Vulkan, and is optimized for modern versions of Windows OS such as Windows 7 SP1, 8.1, 10, or 11 and .NET Framework 4.6.2 or higher installed is required. Processor: Dual-core CPU (Quad-core recommended) and Memory: 4GB RAM or higher.

PROS
  • Extensive customization options to enhance game visuals
  • Real-time configuration for instant feedback
  • Easy installation process with automatic game detection
  • Vast library of community presets for quick customization
  • Regular updates and active development due to open-source nature
CONS
  • Performance impact may vary depending on hardware and effects used
  • Limited compatibility with some anti-cheat systems and heavily modified games
  • Windows-only support, excluding consoles and non-Windows platforms
Conclusion

ReShade is a powerful tool that empowers gamers to take control of their visual experience. With its wide range of customization options and user-friendly interface, it offers a seamless way to enhance game graphics, elevating the overall immersion and enjoyment.

While there might be some performance considerations and compatibility limitations, it remains an exceptional choice for those seeking to unlock the full potential of their favorite PC games. So go ahead, download ReShade, and embark on a visually captivating journey through your virtual worlds.

  • ReShade 6.1.1 Screenshots

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    ReShade 6.1.1 Screenshot 1
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  • ReShade 6.1.1 Screenshot 3

What's new in this version:

Added:
- reset button for effect preprocessor definitions
- effects state synchronization to built-in effect runtime synchronization add-on
- separate finish button to setup tool

Fixed:
- crash in Vulkan
- technique/variable toggle keyboard shortcuts not registering in some rare cases
- deadlock when enabling effect runtime synchronization
- user defined names prepended with underscore clashing with same names without underscore in generated GLSL
- "reshade::api::device::get_resource_view_desc" returning invalid description in D3D12 when view was created with defaults

Changed:
- "reshade::get_config_value/set_config_value" add-on API to support reading/writing array values
- save button to not clean up preset when auto save is disabled
- MSAA depth buffer support to include copying during frame