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This is my first preset and one that I worked meticulously on in order to achieve a more "bland" or pallid appearance during my in-game adventures for The Witcher 3.  

To briefly describe the atmospheric enhancement that I've created, I'd start by referring to the color palette as, "washed out." This project was initially a hybrid of multiple presets all seeking to achieve the same "VGX 2013" stylized, heavily post-processed aesthetics. Therefore, everything will appear to be slightly "cooler," yet brighter due to the imagery being considerably toned down in the saturation department. 

White shades actually have depth and can be differentiated. Black shades appear darker for shadows & textures, but will continue to look "slightly bluish" for in-game menus. The sky-lighting will definitely prove to be brighter and in certain situations "overpowering." However, when it's clear in-game, the normally darker (Navy Blue) sky will appear a more naturally-enhanced lighter shade of Blue.

Installation Process:
  1. Unzip the folder with 7zip or a similar program.
  2. Copy all of the contents.
  3. Navigate to (your game's location) [F:\Steam\steamapps\common\The Witcher 3\bin\x64].
  4. Paste everything into the "x64" folder (where your .exe for the game is located).
  5. Launch the game.
(If your game crashes immediately or has issues launching, try renaming "dxgi.dll" to "d3d11.dll".)

[*** Performance may vary, dependent upon your hardware. However, a 5-8 FPS decrease is to be expected. ***]
Recommended In-Game Settings:
  • Motion Blur: [ON] (Personal Choice) 
  • Blur: [ON] (Personal Choice) 
  • Sharpening: [LOW] (or OFF) 
  • AA: [OFF] 
  • Vignetting: [OFF] 
  • Chromatic Aberration: [OFF] 
  • Bloom: [ON] 
  • Gamma: Neutral (or 0.85 - 0.90)  
(Keyboard Commands: "PRT SC" - Print Screen = Screenshot | "SCR LK" - Scroll Lock = Enable/Disable SweetFX.)

Active Effects:
  • SMAA
  • Lumasharpen
  • DPX
  • Monochrome
  • Lift Gamma Gain
  • Vibrance
  • Film Grain
    [Among other things...]
(If you wish to personalize the effects used in this preset, be sure to use Notepad++ or a similar program before editing.)

I should be updating this frequently, judging by how often the ReShade updates are releasing. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to leave a comment.  

Thank you.

(I have included a rather fantastic Bloom within the GemFX Settings document, which is optional & disabled by default, but certainly worthwhile.)