Skyrim Special Edition

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4 variations Vivid, Naturalistic, Stylistic & Gothic. Support Seasons & Vanilla screen effects (Night Eye, Berserker Rage, fade-to-blacks), Performance Friendly (7 fps max on my 1440p UW screen)
Support Cathedral Weather and Obsidian, include Horizon fix.

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- Ljóss -

Performance Friendly Preset
with Nighteye and ENB Light support



In Old Norse, ljóss means : light, bright, shining, light-coloured, fair, clear, evident, plain.


  • Vivid: Original Ljóss preset, Vivid color with high contrast, fantasy feeling with a semi-realistic touch!
  • Naturalistic: Keeps the same feeling as the original Ljóss but with a more natural look. Nice and fresh!
  • Stylistic: Desaturated version of the original Ljóss preset with a brownish touch. Warm and very stylish!
  • Gothic: High desaturated version with a dark & gloomy feeling.

Introduction:

Skyrim is a beautiful place, even more when you follow the amazing Lexy's Legacy of the Dragonborn: Special Edition installation guide. But, after I finished configuring my mod list, I had to accept that it's not possible to use the great presets available here and run so many mods on my 1440p screen without facing unpleasant slowdowns. Moreover, I wanted to build a preset exactly the way I wanted because there's always something that didn't suit me ;)

That's how my Ljóss preset was born.

The goal was to get the best compromise between performance & quality which support vanilla screen effects like Night Eye, Berserker Rage, fade-to-blacks, etc or the ones added by mods (toxicity, imaginator...).
So I kept the effects I couldn't live without and applied most of the changes in post-processing to preserve performance.

This preset is for playing not for screen archery, but I think i managed to reach a pretty good mix between performance and beauty. It is very easy to configure to your tastes (read configuration instruction at the bottom)

About performance:

Using a ENB preset always has an impact, including this one. The impact on performance increases exponentially with the resolution you use. The ideal framerate for Skyrim is 60 fps if you don't want game's physics going crazy. This means that on my setup with a framerate locked at 60, I get 53 fps at worst on a 1440p screen (only big cities with full JK Skyrim + Dawn of skyrim Director's cut goes below).


Includes:

  • 4 preset variation : Vivid, Stylistic, Naturalistic & Gothic (Take a loot at comparison screenshots below)
  • Perfect support of vanilla screen effects like Night Eye, Berserker Rage, fade-to-blacks, etc or the ones added by mods (toxicity, imaginator...)
  • Per weathers preset support Cathedral weather and Obsidian (configuration power are supported)
  • Horizon fix support
  • Enhanced Colors (HDR, Vibrance & Lut 35 pre-installed)
  • Sharpening & Blur control (Depth Sharpen, optional Luma Sharpen and Blur control)
  • Enhanced Lighting (ComplexParticleLight, Bloom, ENB light support)
  • Performance friendly Bloom (Reforged Bloom)
  • Performance friendly Anti-aliasing SMAA
  • Enhanced Shadows (Detailed Shadows, Distant Shadows, SSAO_Game, CloudShadows, Skylightning & Shadows adjustment)
  • Realistic Skin colors & aspects (Skin Specular & SubSurfaceScatering)
  • Enhanced Sky & Water
  • Procedural sun with Subtle and semi-natural Sunglare
  • Static subtle DOF (Optional enable DoF) / Normal DoF (optional download)
  • Godrays (optional - Enable Prepass Shader)
  • Skin and Sky color control (Optional - Enable Prepass Shader)
  • Lettterbox (Optional)
  • LightBox for full user customization

For performance sake:
This preset use ENB SSAO_GAME to enhance skyrim SE's one. If you prefers to use ENB SSAO, it is already tweaked to preserve performance as mush as possible (all screenshots are with game SSAO).

By default the Ady's SunRay are disabled, I don't think the aesthetic gain compared to the game's ones worth the loss of performance. However they are already set up and easy to enable if you want more !

Comparison screenshots :

Top Left is Vivid, Top Right is Naturalistic, Bottom Left is Stylistic and Bottom Right is Gothic

Sunset :

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To configure this preset to fit your taste, please Read instructions below.


Requirement:

For Nvidia users:
Go to your Nvidia Control Panel (right click on your desktop)
Then go to "change resolution" and find "Output Dynamic Range" and change it to "Full". (if it is grayed out press "Use NVIDIA color settings" first)

For AMD users:
If you're using a AMD/Radeon graphics card you need to do a similar tweak, but you have to change the display pixel format instead. This can
be done by selecting "RGB 4:4:4 Pixel Format PC Standard (Full RGB)" instead of the default "RGB 4:4:4 Pixel Format Studio (Limited RGB)" inside of the AMD Catalyst.

Mandatory :
Calibrate your monitor properly, follow these instructions
ENB Helper SE
Skyrim Particle Patch for ENB Special Edition (don't use esp)

Open Skyrim.ini and change the following, if value doesn't exist add them :

[Display]
fGlobalBloomThresholdBoost=5.0000
fSAOBias=0.5000
fSAOExpFactor=0.220
fSAOIntensity=12.0000
fSAORadius=850.0000

[Weather]
fSunBaseSize=100
(Needed only if you don't want to use Procedural Sun but why?)
fSunGlareSize=133 (same as above)

Open Skyrimprefs.ini and change the following, if value doesn't exist add them :

[Display]
bEnableImprovedSnow=0
fGamma=1.0000
bFXAAEnabled=0
(you can keep to 1 if you prefers, choose only TAA or FXAA)
bUseTAA=0 (you can keep to 1 if you prefers, choose only TAA or FXAA)
bIBLFEnable=0
bIndEnable=0
bSAO_CS_Enable=0
bSAOEnable=1
(If you wish to use enb one, set it to 0)
bTreesReceiveShadows=1
bDrawLandShadows=1
bShadowsOnGrass=1


Strongly recommended :
Embers HD by mindflux
Inferno - Fire Effects Redux by Retrospect
ENB Light by 4109

Not mandatory :
Install Improved Vanilla Sun (my preference) or Matso Immersive Sun for SSE (Useless if you use procedural sun)
"Old Skyrim SE Shader Bundle to fix SSS in ENB on SSE 1.5.80" optional download from ENB Helper SE


How to configure:

Disable SMAA :
Edit ENBEFFECTPOSTPASS.FX file with notepad and replace #define Enable_SMAA 1 by #define Enable_SMAA 0

Enabling ENB SSAO :
Set bSAOEnable to 0 in skyrimprefs.ini, and enable ENB one by using ENB GUI (don't forget to save)
It is already tweaked to preserve performance as much as possible.

All settings are in ENBEFFECTPOSTPASS.FX, in top section you can toggle all effects.

General settings (no day / night / interior difference) :
Sharp :

Use sharp amount to reduce or increase general picture sharpiness.
If you increase Sharp range, distant object will be sharper but it will generate more noise.
You can enable LumaSharpen here, it cumulates with Depth Sharpening.

Blur : (not enabled by default)
Use blur amount to increase image bluriness. More you increase Blur range, closer is the effect.

Letterbox : (not enabled by default)
Add a letterbox effect, bar size and color are configurable

LUT :
It can change overhall aspect of this preset, you can choose between 35 effects (thanks to Cantregisterlol for LUT - overall color enhancement for all ENBs and napoleonofthestump for RevoLUTion)
Gradient type tint permits to choose a lut file
Gradient type amount will increase how much the LUT tint change preset aspect.

Lightbox: (not enabled by default)
It is a toolbox which permits to configure nearly all rendering aspect. if you don't like LUT preset you can use it to customize everything. It is a very advanced tools it contains too much things to details how it works here.

Per time/location settings (Exterior Day / Exterior Night / Interior use their own settings) :

Colorfulness :
If you want a more or less colorness rendering a good start is too play with Vibrance settings.
if it is not enough you can tweak Curves Blend settings (it will reduce contrast too)

Luminosity :
If you want to make things more bright play with Highlights settings
If you want to increase general luminosity tweak Gamma settings, decreasing is brighter, increasing is darker.

Contrast :
Increase In Black settings, it will make dark area darker.
Increasing or decreasing HDR amount will increase or decrease image contrast and HDR effect (reducing HDR will increase gamma too)

Shadows darkness :
Increasing Shadows setting will make shadows less black.

For more settings ask, I will try to help you.


Mod used :

Weather Mod:
Cathedral Weathers and Seasons
Improved Rain and Fog for Cathedral Weathers by Nawor3565
Storm Lightning for SSE and VR (Minty Lightning 2019) by Shizof

Lighting:
Enhanced Lights and FX by anamorfus
Enhanced Lighting for ENB by --JawZ--
Relighting Skyrim by --JawZ-- and NovakDalton (Modified version "tailored for ELFX" by neovalen, refers to the Lexy's guide linked below)
Claralux SE - Controllable Lights Everywhere by MyGoodEye and Scythe42

Texture overhauls:
Noble Skyrim Mod HD - 2K by Shutt3r
MystiriousDawn's HD Skyrim Overhaul by MystiriousDawn

Flora:
Skyrim Flora Overhaul SE by vurt
Enhanced Vanilla Trees by SomeRandomGuy83-TechAngel85-Scythe42

Cities Overhaul:
Dawn of Skyrim (director's cut) SE by BluePianoTwo
JK's Skyrim by Jkrojmal

Miscellaneous
Better FaceLighting and Conversation by Sthaagg

And so many more that I forget but if you want an amazing game take a look at:
Lexy's Legacy of the Dragonborn: Special Edition installation guide !


Video Showcase Ljoss V1.1 (Outdated):

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