shadeMe Enhanced by arafuse
Oblivion » Visuals and Graphics
Added: 19/05/2017 - 03:53AM
Updated: 26/05/2017 - 12:15AM

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Uploaded by arafuse


Last updated at 0:15, 26 May 2017 Uploaded at 3:53, 19 May 2017

This is a fork of the original shadeMe plugin which features improved shadow queueing, fixes the problem of disappearing shadows when turning, and adds some additional options and optimizations. You can now get nice dynamic shadows on architecture and landscape with a low shadow count and minimal performance drop.


This mod requires OBSE, as it is an OBSE plugin. Copy the contents of the archive to your Data/OBSE/Plugins folder, overwriting any existing shadeMe.dll and shadeMe.ini files if they are there.

While not strictly required, use of Oblivion Reloaded with EnableShadows=1 is highly recommended to get the best shadow quality and to avoid issues with actor self-shadows.

General configuration

The included shadeMe.ini has good performance-friendly defaults, and you should not need to tweak it much except for the shadow counts. You must still ensure the correct settings are present in Oblivion.ini however.

  1. In Oblivion.ini, the following option must be set for the plugin to work correctly. Shadows on grass is a trade-off between weirdly bright grass in dark spots sometimes, or shadows randomly popping on grass. I personally keep it disabled:

  2.     bShadowsOnGrass=0

  3. The plugin itself now limits the total shadow count, and to fix the disappearing shadows issue the shadow count in Oblivion.ini must be set to a high enough value above the actual shadow count. Eg.:

  4.     iActorShadowCountInt=100

  5. The actual max shadow count is set in shadeMe.ini. The count for LargeObject should be somewhat below TotalObject if you still want to see your own shadow and some other shadows when near many large objects. Eg.;

  6.     [Shadows::MaxCount]

  7. Player LOS checks need to be disabled for large objects. It's also a good idea to disable player LOS checks in exteriors for performance reasons, but you can still have them enabled as long as [Shadows::LightLOSCheck] SkipLargeObjects=1 and [Shadows::PlayerLOSCheck] ExcludeLightLOSPaths=1 are set. Eg.:

  8.     [Shadows::LightLOSCheck]




  • If you don't use Oblivion Reloaded and see weird self shadows on actors and creatures, you can disable them in shadeMe.ini by adding "35,36,37" to the list of excluded types. Eg.:
  •     [SelfShadows::ExcludedTypes]

Additional INI options

[Shadows::General] BoundRadiusWeight=2.0:
Apply weight to object bound radius when queuing normal objects, so that larger objects can have higher priority (float multiplier)

[Shadows::General] ReduceGrids=1:
Reduce the object search to the 3x3 grid when queueing exterior shadows, can increase performance while limiting distance. (0 or 1)

[Shadows::General] ExteriorDistanceCheck=0:
Optionally disable distance check for exterior shadows and just queue everything up to the near grid, useful with ReduceGrids=1. (0 or 1)

[Shadows::LargeObjects] DistanceWeight=1.0
Apply weight to object distance when queueing large objects, so that nearer large objects can have priority over those that are further away. (float multiplier)

[Shadows::PlayerLOSCheck] ExcludeLightLOSPaths=1
Exclude the same paths for player LOS check as [Shadows::LightLOSCheck] ExcludePaths, useful for larger interior objects that have disappearing shadows when facing away.

Technical info

The disappearing shadows when turning bug seemed to be caused by the Oblivion engine trying to optimize the scene when the shadow count approached the maximum. Giving the engine enough headroom between the maximum shadow count and the actual number of shadows in the scene seems to be what prevents this condition from occurring.

Remaining issues

  • Shadows add up when they overlap. This can lead to some unrealistically dark spots. If using Oblivion Reloaded (recommended) you can reduce the shadow intensity somewhat which helps. While the screenshots use a high shadow intensity for effect, during normal gameplay I'd recommend a lower shadow intensity of about 1.000 which still gives great atmosphere while mitigating the overlap.

  • Shadows on grass do not work properly. As with the above, lowering the shadow intensity can help if you choose to keep it turned off. Using a darker grass texture can also make it less noticeable, such as Betty's Far Cry Inspired Grass (darker replacer version). Disabling grass is another drastic way to deal with this (and give a boost to FPS at the same time). 


  • All screenshots are using default INI settings, and feature locales from the HESU Mod Collection.
  • The source code for this fork is available on GitHub.


shadeMe -
For creating this awesome plugin.

Visual mods used

Below is a list of all the mods I use which contribute to the look of the screenshots, in the order in which they are loaded. Not all textures from all mods are used and some have been modified, and not all are available on the Nexus.