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WIP Beta released Graphics Mod AL Part 2 NEW VERSION OUT 2020-10-28

Discussion in 'Mods and Skins' started by Brother_Dave, Jun 16, 2020.

  1. Brother_Dave

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    My original thread got to old to be able to update the first post anymore so i needed to create another one.
    Old thread with tons of old info and stuff:

    https://beamng.com/threads/graphics-mod-alternative-lighting.60343

    ALWAYS CHECK MY LATEST POST FOR THE LATEST RELEASE

    At the moment its this:
    https://beamng.com/threads/graphics...sion-out-2020-10-03.71585/page-5#post-1238616





    Alternative Lighting




    A graphics mod containing:

    • Increased Brightness for each level (thats the big fps dropper, but it also makes the specular, normal, bump maps crispier, for example the tarmac on Small island)
    • Changed colors for the sun color gradient throughout time of day to make light at morning and evening brighter without midday being overblown bright, also changed the color to my liking
    • Decreased sunsize
    • Chosen a different sun flare texture, beamngs has a few to choose from
    • Changed size of that sun flare texture
    • Changed a few of the limits or adjustment increments in the PostFx application
    • Changed code and values for part of the tonemapping, making the black/white/color balance abit more aggressive when the balance is uneven between them
    • Increased SSAO resolution for the HIGH setting
    • Adjusted the PostFx values to suit the above stuff to my liking




    Install:

    • Open the Beamng launcher, hit Support Tools, Clear your cache. Dont start Beamng.
      -Alternative #2 is to go to your Documents/Beamng.drive-folder and delete the latest cache-folder, at the moment its called "cache.0.20.1.2". That way you wont loose as much stuff as compared to the Clear Cache-option.

    • Unzip the folders and the postfxpreset-file from the AL5.zip into your Documents/Beamng.drive-folder so that you get the folders called Art, Core, Levels, Shaders and the AL5.postfxpreset-file into your Documents/Beamng.drive-folder

    • Open Beamng, click Options from the main menu. Make sure you have advanced menus activated to see the POST FX button.

    • Scroll down so that you see the POSTFX button. Click it. Click 'Load Preset...' and look up the file that was in the AL5.zip. should look something like this: 'C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents\BeamNG.drive\AL5.postfxpreset' , that way you also know youve extracted the folders and file correctly.

    • Make sure you activated light rays, its check box is above the POST FX button.

    Done!













     
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  2. Brother_Dave

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    Added info on the original thread rerouting to this. Its also tested and working on 0.19.4.2.
     
  3. Rainvest

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    From my experience from installing this mod, it really makes the game look very bright and very dark. I'm not sure if i'm installing it correctly or anything, but I do think it could be improved.
    screenshot_2020-06-27_20-26-35.png
     
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  4. Brother_Dave

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    Not as in the vid?
    I got the same result (more dark than broght) when testing a few things, until i did a fresh BeamNG install and made sure i cleared cache and then 'installed' my mod.

    Is your Beamng a fresh install or a few versions old? Im not requiring that you do a fresh install but it will probably sort it.
     
  5. Brother_Dave

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    That might look as it should, not 100% though and we probably have different monitor settings. Mine used to be really dark from factory, took me a good while to realize that and run off a few filters it has built in.

    Tried to replicate your screenshot with slightly different settings, how does this look on your screen?
     

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  6. Rainvest

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    It looks considerably better than mine. I'm not 100% sure if it's about the monitors. My BeamNG is up to date and modded, but none of the mods are visual enhancers, only terrains, vehicles, and apps. I pretty much gave up on using the postfx settings and switched to reshade so it's not a big deal if you rush to get it out there. it's just nice to have postfx stuff for the chance that you need it.
     
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  7. Brother_Dave

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    Yeah Reshade is awesome in that way, can really tailor it to your taste. I actaully switched from releasing Reshade presets to game engine PostFx stuff in order to contribute in a way that more ppl can use. But the more the devs release visual improvements the less change my mods do, which is good IMO.
    Ill keep on improving this on and off but itll just be once in a while, got my cars to work on when i get some free time on my hands.
     
  8. Republican Cat

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    Hey! This is an amazing mod! Great work. You did what not even the beamng devs could do, and they are payed! Also (Might just be) but it seems so well optimized.. I can run 60fps even with dynamic reflection now so I think you made the game less laggy by enhancing! Whats your secret?
     
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  9. Exchy

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    Finally got new pc
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  10. Nicholas 2

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    DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS MOD (IT BREAKS YOUR GAME) I have installed this the correct way and it will break your game do not download and install it upload_2020-7-18_15-14-47.png
     
  11. Marto

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    update your game maybe, it works
     
  12. Republican Cat

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    Sup? So did you clear cache before downloading? Also have you touched any PostFX settings?
    Anyhow I don't really know much on this, but try some troubleshooting things. remove some mods that might be corrupting it.
     
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  13. InsertNameHere²

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    Uh, I can't find the PostFX button, after following the instructions in OP, and digging through all the option menu tabs. Where is it located within the settings menu specifically, or do you have a screenshot?

    Edit: Nevermind, shoulda clicked a few more checkboxes before asking. Apparently, you need "Enable Advanced Functions" checkmarked, in the "User Interface" tab of options, for the PostFX button to pop up in the "Graphics" tab
     
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  14. henryjhost

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    That K Series looks amazing! Is it public by any chance?
     
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  15. Exchy

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    Well I hope so, I just got my new pc after a year of nothing, gotta learn how to mod again, there's couple of problems
     
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  16. Brother_Dave

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    Thanks for the kind words!

    Also, this mod shouldnt break the game, not touching any of those files.

    New version out;

    * Tonemapping updated/reverted to a earlier version that made sense when i started adjusting the level settings instead.
    * Various PostFx settings changed
    * Level settings adjusted especially for using the earlier non-multi flare sun flare, since i think it works really awesome with light rays and the tone mapping settings, also i dont have time to port my old flare textures atm. Less overall level darkness, less overexposed brightness, overall better light balance and you will get blinded by the sun since.. well its the sun.
    * Probably more stuff

    Ill update with a vid at a later time :) Take notice of that its now called AL2.




    Install:

    * Open the Beamng launcher, hit Support Tools, Clear your cache. Dont start Beamng.

    * Unzip the folders and the postfxpreset-file from the AL.zip into your Documents/Beamng.drive-folder so that you get the folders and the file into your Documents/Beamng.drive-folder

    * Open Beamng, click Options from the main menu. Make sure you have advanced menus activated to see hte POST FX button.

    * Scroll down so that you see the POSTFX button. Click it. Click 'Load Preset...' and look up the file that was in the AL2.zip. should look something like this:
    'C:\Users\YourUserName\Documents\BeamNG.drive\AL2.postfxpreset' , that way you also know youve extracted the folders and file correctly.
    * Make sure you activated light rays, its check box is above the POST FX button.

    Done!
     

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  17. Republican Cat

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    This is probably impossible to add, but you know when the road looks like there's a puddle on it from a distance? Yeah.
     
  18. Brother_Dave

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    I know what yopu mean, heat spots mirror kinda things but thatd require a fresnel like shader and im not that cool with the codes yet.


    Anyways, screenshot dump instead of vid right now :)
     

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  19. Exchy

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    Are you not somehow in control of smaa settings? Like is it possible make it 2x times stronger
    --- Post updated ---
    New Preset, almost evening, gotta say, orange touch is a lot more better
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  20. Brother_Dave

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    Glad you like it. About the SMAA, its in there and theres resolution stuff that i guess can be changed but im pretty certain itll eat up the fps i no time and im not comfy enough with SMAA to know what im doing.






    Just got the gradient stuff working, made custom sunscale and fog files and a neat thing with that is... Dynamic fog!
    Just a quick test but basicly i got fog rolling in in the morning and evening. Also pretty happy with how crisp i can get the morning and evening light now, ive always thought light was too dark for those times compared to day but now thats sorted! Also given the light a nice orange touch going into a purpleish tone right before sunset. Ive boosted overall brightness alot and controls it by the custom gradient files, the day can now get very bright without loosing the colors, in a way i didnt think was possible more or less.

    Screens of the fog, need some adjusting but you get the idea:


     

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