Skyrim Special Edition

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Lightweight, fast, vivid and natural looking ENB preset for Obsidian or Cathedral Weathers. ACES HDR tonemapping, improved night-eye shader, full weather support, rain reflection effects, adjustable brightness, and distance dependent sharpening.

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i m m e r s i v e l y    i m m e r s i v e    E N B

f a s t,     n a t u r a l,    b e a u t i f u l


for Obsidian Weathers and Seasons
or Cathedral Weathers



...see the screenshots...


Features... 

Highlights

  •      Built specifically for Cathedral Weathers and Seasons or Obsidian Weathers and Seasons.
  •      Lightweight and fast.
  •      Good level of user customisation available.
  •      Built for realism. 
  •      Rich colour tones.
  •      Excellent horizon blending.
  •      Full support for weather and wet skin effects.
  •      Unique HLSL code with ACES HDR tone-mapping.
  •      Unique Night Eye shader code with Predator Vision support.


Details

  • "ACES filmic" HDR tone-mapping. Based on code by Krzysztof Narkowicz & Stephen Hill. This simplified implementation of ACES HDR mapping compresses very dark shadows and bright highlights to imitate the behaviour of analogue film. The result is a natural, pleasing image with solid colour reproduction.

  • Improved "Nighteye". Nighteye potions and night vision abilities are enhanced with custom post-processing code. Includes proper fixes for false ENB triggering. Includes an experimental alternative effect for vampire characters.

  • Distance dependent sharpening. Based on code by JawZ. Depth and distance is improved by sharpening nearby scenery and the player but leaving distant terrain unsharpened.

  • Adjustable day, night and interior brightness, saturation and gamma. Customise your dungeon or night-time experience.

  • Highlight and shadow saturation control. Uses algorithms rather than a LUT to allow fine adjustments.

  • Tuned for different weather types. Customised for rainy, stormy, snowy, foggy, overcast and fine.



Effects enabled

  • ENB cloud shadows. Sunlight fluctuates in cloudy weather realistically.
  • ENB brightness adaptation. Eyes adapt over time to different brightnesses.
  • ENB sun rays. Fast volumetric lighting effects.
  • ENB underwater shader. New underwater visual effects including caustics.
  • ENB detailed shadows. Accurate nearby shadow. Includes normal map shadows.
  • ENB distant shadows. Accurate distant terrain shadow.
  • ENB subsurface scattering (SSS). Realistic skin and translucent materials.
  • ENB improved ambient occlusion (SSAO). Enhanced lighting. Replaces default SSE AO.
  • ENB indirect illumination (SSIL). Enhanced lighting. Simulates light bounce.
  • ENB complex particle lighting. Extra light sources (optional - depends on mods - see below).
  • ENB procedural sun. Better looking sun glare.
  • ENB water. Improved water effects. Includes screen-space reflections, caustics and (optional) parallax mapping.
  • ENB window lighting. Better looking backlit windows.
  • ENB bloom. Natural looking soft bloom in bright areas.
  • ENB lens. Subtle blow-out in extreme brightness.
  • ENB rain wetness. Terrain, objects and skin shine and reflect light in the rain.
  • ENB specular skin. Natural skin shine. 
  • ENB screen space reflections. Improved reflections, including water.






Installation...

1. Install requirements...

. Install these mods through your favourite mod manager...


Note: Please uninstall the ENB Helper Shader Bundle if you've got it. It's no longer needed.

2. Set up ENB...

. Clean out any previous ENB installation.

. Download the latest Skyrim SE ENB package. Here is the ENB SSE homepage download. Click the highest version number towards the bottom of the page, then the download link at the very bottom.

Note: Update ENB regularly. Some new features require the latest version and Boris sometimes releases bug-fixes without increasing the version number. 

. Extract only the two .dll files in the WrapperVersion folder and put them in your Skyrim root folder - the same folder as SkyrimSE.exe and SkyrimSELauncher.exe.

3. Set up the preset...

. Download this preset (always manual download). Grab either the Obsidian or Cathedral versions as appropriate.

. Extract all the files and the enbseries folder from the preset archive to the Skyrim root folder (not Data).

4. Select Nighteye effect preferences...

. If you're using Predator Vision, grab the NightEyeENBFix_PredatorVision file and install it through your favourite mod manager (or manually). In game, keep all the Predator Vision settings at defaults. 

. When in game, open the ENB console (shift ENTER), expand ENBEffects on the right and make sure NE: Use Predator Vision Mod is ticked/checked. Save configuration.


. If you're NOT using Predator Vision, grab the NightEyeENBFix file and install it through your favourite mod manager (or manually).

. This is the default setting, but check anyway. When in game, open the ENB console (shift ENTER), expand ENBEffects on the right and make sure NE: Use Predator Vision Mod is unticked/unchecked. Save configuration.

. Optionally, try out the NE: Use Alternative NightEye Effect made for vampire characters. Just experimental at the moment.

5. Launch...

. Start SKSE as normal to launch Skyrim SE

Note: It takes a while to build shaders when Skyrim starts. A black screen for several seconds is normal. 

Remember to Endorse if you like. :)





INI settings...


  • BethINI works well to optimise you INI settings. I use BethINI Ultra preset with Recommended Settings for the screenshots here.
  • Use BethINI to turn off in-game Ambient Occlusion. Might give you a few FPS. ENB does this effect instead. Keeping it on will not affect or improve the image quality in any way.






Recommended visual mods...

Listed here are some "foundation" graphic mod suggestions.This list is not exhaustive. If you have some graphics mod recommendations, POST a link.

Almost essential
  • ENB Light Adds ENB Complex Particle Lighting to all kinds of light sources. Big improvement to lighting. Highly recommended. Performance hit is customisable during install.
  • Special Edition Particle Patch all-in-one. Fixes any number of vanilla materials. Enables wind/snow streaks and interior fog to be controlled by ENB. Highly recommended. Let other mods overwrite these files. Update: it's recommended to disable the ESP in your mod manager (but keep the installed files).
  • SSE Engine Fixes. Improves game stability and speed by fixing core bugs. Recommended for all SSE modding.
  • Unofficial Skyrim SE Patch. Where would we be without this?

Recommended
  • Majestic Mountains Very nice looking mountain, rock and moss and an improved snow system. Huge effort, looks great. Don't select North or South shadow options during install as those break ENB's time of day detection.
  • Static Mesh Improvement Mod Massive improvements to many awful looking objects.
  • Skyland landscapes. Landscape textures that tile very smoothly.
  • Skyland Imperial Forts. Really nice looking weathered stone and custom moss effect.
  • Skyrim High Definition LODs - Darker and Grassy version. Oldrim, but works in SE. Manual install. Makes distant terrain blend in and look natural. "Darker and Grassy" works well with grass mods. Highly recommended.
  • Noble Skyrim. Huge texture pack. Great city textures. Have all other more specific texture mods overwrite this.
  • Rudy HQ Nordic Ruins. Great ruin textures.
  • Underground Nice cave, mine, fort and Dwemer ruin textures (and others) from the author of Majestic Mountains. I use the Cave and Dwemer textures from this pack. I think the Dwemer textures are particularly good.
  • DynDOLOD. Huge improvements to distant objects. A few things to learn, but worth the effort.
  • More Subtle Nirnroot. Removes or reduces massive Nirnroot halo. For LE, but works perfectly in SE.
  • Realistic Water Two. Now includes parallax maps for extremely nice looking ENB-enhanced water.

Trees
Simply Bigger Trees with HQ Tree Bark is my favourite, but there are many excellent tree and vegetation mods out there.
3D Trees and 3D Landscapes look great, but hit performance. Some plants move oddly in the wind.


Grass
Veydosebrom has been reinvented and looks great. Personal choice at the moment.
Cathedral Landscapes includes grass and very good distant landscape textures, and is very performance friendly.

Others to have a look at: High Poly Project, Unofficial Material Fix, Stunning Statues of Skyrim, Misc Retexture Project, CC's Enhanced Ore Veins.





Antialiasing...

There are three kinds of post process antialiasing methods available at the moment.

ENB Edge: a reasonable quality and VERY fast antialiasing method that selectively blurs the screen to avoid noise and sharp edges. Removes a lot of noise which can cause some smudging of foliage.

To enable: make sure TAA and FXAA are off (use BethINI). Load you game. SHIFT+ENTER to enter the ENB menu. Top left menu, open ANTIALIASING and tick Edge. Click SAVE CONFIGURATION. SHIFT+ENTER to leave the ENB menu. Restart isn't required.

TAA: Very good at eliminating noise, flicker and rough edges, but softens the image somewhat and adds motion blur. The most effective system for removing aliasing jaggies, but also the slowest and softest. Enable in BethINI. Make sure ENB Edge is disabled.

FXAA: All purpose selective blurring. Moderately good at removing jagged lines. Enable with BethINI. Make sure ENB Edge is disabled.






Q & A...


1. "What is the performance like?"
With sun rays enabled, I lose about 15 fps over vanilla on an RX480. Usually locked at 60 in interiors. I use many of the above mods/textures including DynDOLOD high preset. On a more capable GPU (eg Nvidia 2070, Radeon 5500), or with a light graphics mod load, the 60 fps cap everywhere is expected.

2. "I have a fire damaged Geforce 4 MX covered in gravy and jam, with 64k DDR memory. Can I use this?"
No.

3. "I have two watercooled RTX 2080 Supers in SLI with a gazillion terabytes of video memory, can I use this?"
Yes.

4. "How do I turn ENB on and off and access the ENB console?"
Use defaults. Shift + Enter to access the control panel and Shift + F12 to turn ENB on and off.

5. "Any other Weather mods supported?"
No. I like these ones.

6. "Can I turn on or off effects (like Skylighting)?"
Yes. Skylighting and Depth of Field work fine, they're just a bit performance intensive. Conversely, you can turn off effects if you're having performance issues. I'd turn off Sun Rays and Complex Particle Lighting first. The preset is supposed to be fast but if you have a good GPU like a 2070 or better, you can add Skylighting, direction illumination and DOF effects, and turn up effect quality settings.


7. "My dungeons or night are too bright or dark. Is there anything I can do?"
Yes. Open the ENB control panel, open ENBEffects on the right panel, change the Night/Interior Exposure and/or Gamma settings to taste. Hit SAVE CONFIGURATION. Hint: open the console to stop your character breakdancing while you change settings.

8. "Can I use your shader code in my own ENB preset?"
Yes. With appropriate credits in the .fx file and mod description.

9. "Who is the chunky lady-orc in the screenshots?"

Her name is Test. She is an orc barbarian warior. I made her and her CBBE Body Slide preset for the purpose of these screenshots. The Body Slide preset is available here (nudity warning as it's a CBBE preset).