Skyrim Special Edition

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A ReShade (similar to ENB) inspired by the Live Action Skyrim Trailer. I have optional cinematic effects in there, like lens flares on shiny objects and from some light sources. Magic will feel more powerful with added lighting effects with spells giving off some extra lighting effects and being brighter than in vanilla.

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-- Please come back and hit the "endorse" button if you like this so it will move up higher in the list of mods and more people will get exposed to it and also know it's a quality mod. -Love, Merc --

-- This mod can be used with my other Vivid Weathers ReShade, which will give you basically the opposite of these graphics: Dragon Breaker ReShade, a Bright and Bold Look for Vivid Weathers: Just switch the .ini files using the in-game ReShade menu. Instant switch, instant fap. Idk. Try it ;) --

-- First pic from version 1.1 --

A ReShade (similar to ENB) inspired by the Live Action Skyrim Trailer. I have optional cinematic effects in there, like lens flares on shiny objects and from some light sources. Magic will feel more powerful with added lighting effects with spells giving off some extra lighting effects and being brighter than in vanilla. 

The images should speak for themselves, hopefully. Feedback welcomed. May or may not try to turn it into an ENB one day. Never made one before, but it seems like hell (perhaps a fun kind of hell). Anyone care, here's a gallery of my progress and comparison shots on the ENB: (please upvote on imgur if you like it at all)

Vivid Weathers is required to get the same look and probably not to be blinded. I can look into making this compatible for vanilla weathers, if anyone cares. But let me know as I won't probably bother otherwise, this stuff takes a lot of time. 

ELFX is highly recommended. I don't use the enhancer though, but it may work out ok. Use Vivid Weathers to change interior and night exterior brightness. I use night brightness set to "3". All pics are using Vivid Weathers at default settings for day, level 3 brightness for night. No change to interior brightness and ELFX on.

Tons of images and comparison shots here: Many more to come. Will make vid very soon. User screenshots greatly encouraged! 


(numberpad must be enabled for numberpad controls to work. All are remappable with in-game ReShde menu)

Toggle mod - "END" key (if install with the .exe, control is Shift+F2)
Toggle ReShade menu - "F1" (if install with the .exe, control is scroll-lock)
Toggle close-range Depth of Field - "/" on numberpad 
Toggle long-range Depth of Field - "9" not on numberpad
Toggle Film Grain - "3" not on numberpad
Toggle Sharpness - "5" not on numberpad
Toggle Bloom (the white flares and glows on shiny objects) - "6" not on numberpad
Toggle Cineamtic Black Bars - "0" not on numberpad
Toggle Ambient Light (controls lens flare and added lighting effects on spells) - "4" not on numberpad
Toggle a darkening effect - "9" on the numberpad
Toggle Vignette - "*" on numberpad (off by default. Needs some tweaks for night use, at least on my monitor).

ALSO - When the UI or menu is blurry, it's caused by one of the depth of fields. If it bothers you a lot, you can either look into sky before pausing the game or going into a menu or press one of the two hotkeys below to disable the DoF while in the menu and reactivate upon exiting the menu. This can't be fixed because of how ReShade works. It's either have no depth of field or have a few minor inconveniences from time-to-time. 

Disable the snow shader in the Skyrim launcher. May not be required, but fairly sure you'll be blinded if you don't. It's disabled in all my pics.
Short: If you downloaded through steam, extract and copy/paste my files and folder into your Skyrim SE main folder if you downloaded through steam and haven't changed your steam install path from the default -- C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim Special Edition. Open the ReShade menu once your game loads and select "MercsLiveActionTrailerGraphics". The effects should load up. Profit!

Otherwise use this guide:


1. Download my zip file on the file page here and the Reshade 3.0.7 from here

2. Scroll to bottom of page and download whatever the latest version advertised is. 

Run the .exe that you just downloaded. Probably best to copy it to your desktop or somewhere else first outside your downloads folder. 

Follow the steps it tells you selecting yes everything it asks. 

3. Select your "SkyrimSE.exe" which is in the main folder of the game. Probably in C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Skyrim Special Edition

4. Select the DirectX 10+ version after you select the "SkyrimSE.exe."

5. Run your game

As your game loads up, you should see a grey box popup in the top of the screen saying it's loading all the reshade effects. 

Once it's done, hit "shift+F2" and follow the promps. The most important thing is to hit the plus symbol next near the top of the Reshade GUI and type any name you want.

Follow the other prompts until the boxes turn from red to black or grey or whatever indicates you're done with the very short tutorial. 

Close your game.

6. Extract the "MercsLiveActionTrailerGraphics.ini" file that you downloaded from the zip file here and place only that file in your Skyrim main folder where SkyrimSE.exe also is. 

8. Run the game again and reopen the Reshade GUI with Shift+f2 and click click the drop down menu, this time selecting my MercsLiveActionTrailerGraphics.ini preset. The new effects should start loading with my custom settings.



1. Delete the Reshade folder, dxgi.ini, dxgi.dll, and dxgi.log and MercsLiveActionTrailerGraphics.ini files from your game folder. That's it. 

Enjoy, leave comments below if you're having trouble installing or better yet youtube a Resahde 3.0+ install guide. It's extremely easy.

You may notice a slight decrease in performance, but it should still be pretty similar FPS to what you usually get. The visual difference is night and day to me and I can't ever go back to vanilla.


In no particular order for now, because that would take a literal half day of my life, at least, probably:

1. XP32 Maximum Skeleton Special Extended (swords on back):
2. Visible Favorited Gear (how I have a bow, spear, sword, dagger, axe and mace all displayed on my character at once. Essential mod for me):
3. Belt-Fastened Quivers:
4. Realistic Water Two:
5. The LOD seem patch for for RWT:
6. Vivid Landscapes (these are my wood and farmhouse textures):
7. Skyrim 2017 Textures (these are my mountain and rock textures, specifically):
8. SSE Texture Pack by Osmodius (my roads and many other textures, I think. Sorry I didn't keep track) (in general, I prefer Osmodius' textures when available):
9. Skyland (some textures used. Pretty sure whatever the fourth picture is, that's what I'm using from it. The file name is so hard to guess, sorrry):
10. Frozen, Electrocuted, Combustion (enemies char, twitch and freeze after magic and elemental-induced deaths. Even from torches and magic weapons. Essential mod):
11. Simply Bigger Trees:


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MY OTHER MODS -The first post has the whole, most updated list.


-- Cinematic Enhancer:

Skyrim Special Edition

-- Live Action Trailer Graphics, The Dragonborn Comes, a ReShade for Vivid Weathers:

-- Dovahkiin Rising ReShade for Dolomite Weathers:

-- Dragon Breaker ReShade, a Bright and Bold Look for Vivid Weathers:

-- Skyrim SE Ashen ReShade: --


-- Cinematic Shooter Project:

Mass Effect Andromeda ReShades

-- Cinematic Realism -

-- Neon Bomb - --

Fallout 4 ReShade

-- Cinematic Realism - --

Dirt Rally ReShade

-- Cinematic Racing Project - --

Dirt 4 ReShade

-- Cinematic Racing Project, Dirt 4 Edition -

-- Cinematic Racing Project (vibrant version), Dirt 4 Edition -

Mad Max ReShade

-- Cinematic Excellence (Bleak version) -

-- Cinematic Excellence -

Far Cry 4

-- Cinematic A.F. -

Ghost Recon Wildlands Mods

-- Stunning Light and Atmospherics -

-- Cinematic Excellence 2.0 ReShade (best neutral enhancer with lots of options) -

-- E3 2015 Graphics - more realistic, cold ReShade, inspired by E3 2015 trailers for the game with a more gray look -

-- Borderlands-style Oil Painting ReShade -

-- Uncharted-looking ReShade -

-- Sun Soaked Graphics Overhaul - insane lighting amplifier. Sunsets, sunrise and clear days look nuts! -