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A ReShade preset for Valheim with High Fantasy themed settings in mind.

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I decided to remove PerfectPerspective.fx from my preset as it was causing more trouble than good, I also repacked everything into a single zip for a easier setup now you get both my presets and a custom Reshade.ini, "PerformanceMode" (For better FPS) and "SkipLoadingDisabledEffects" (to avoid people getting confused by seeing the unused effects) are now on by default. I also cleaned both .ini of all the .fx I tested but did not keep when I made this preset (You won't see a difference it was just text) but people who prefer to work directly from the files and not the control panel will have a easier time navigating them if they want to modify anything.

Vivid colors, darker shadows (Optional), sharp textures\environments and a subtle cinematic like vignette.
(Everything can be turned ON and OFF)

  • 1. You need to download ReShade, I can't provide you directly with the files, it is against the terms of service.

  • 2. Click this link click on Download, the page scrolls down, click on Download ReShade 4.9.1.

  • 3. Once step 2 is done, launch ReShade_Setup_4.9.1.exe, you should see this :

  • 4. Click on "Click here to select a game", a new window appear, click on "Browse" at the bottom right, go to your Valheim folder "SteamLibrary\steamapps\common\Valheim" and select valheim.exe, a window should appear with the text "Which rendering API does Valheim use" click on Direct3D 10/11/12.

  • 5. Now we're going to select the effects category we want to download and use, select them like on the picture below :

Press Ok when this is done. Now its time to only select the effects I used to avoid cluttering your computer with useless files. Follow the pictures below. (Press "uncheck all" at the bottom of every window to avoid downloading unwanted effects)


What is CAS? CAS, or Contrast Adaptive Sharpening can deliver crisp visuals at 'virtually' no performance cost, this is something that most GPU can do natively but why not include it here so you don't have to fiddle with your graphic card control panel.

Color effects

What is Color Gradients? A very simple shader that lets you apply a color gradient to the image while preserving luminosity.

What is Artistic Vignette? This is a highly customisable shader that lets you apply a vignette effect to your games (Black borders around the edge of the screen) I use it to highlight certain aspects of the scenery, focus more on the center of the screen and make the colors stick out a bit more.

Legacy standard effects

What is Ambient Light? I use it to add a subtle halo to bright light sources (Sun, moon, clouds, torches, glowing eyes...)

What is Film Grain? This is to simulate the 
film grain effect that you could see in old movies, I think it goes really well with the vignette effect and adds to the cinematic effect.

What is Filmic Pass? Filmic Pass is used to modify the overall contrast and luminosity, I also use it to add a vintage effect to the game and combined with color gradient it makes the colors blend together really well.
When your done you should see this window :

Close it and move to the final step.

  • 6. Now all there is left to do is to download my High Fantasy which contains both the normal and less contrasted presets, extract the files wherever you want and place them in your Valheim folder, if asked to overwrite click yes.

PS : You might notice that in your reshade-shaders folder there is more effects than the few we selected during the tutorial, it is normal, the installation program forces you to download them, I can't do anything about it.

When you first launch Valheim with ReShade ON it will automatically initialize itself (You should see some text at the top left of your screen) and thats it your done. If you want to access the ReShade control panel to switch between the normal or less contrasted presets press the "Home" key, if you want to modify the settings uncheck the performance mode box at the bottom of the control panel and to deactivate a specific effect uncheck the box next to their name.

I strongly suggest disabling bloom in the game options.


I did not create ReShade, I only tweaked it to my liking.

As of January 1st 2017, ReShade is open sourced under the terms and conditions of the BSD 3-clause license! You can help development with your own contributions via the official GitHub repository. for more info. if you have any issue with the software or want more info on how to make your own preset.