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How to make GW2 look more crisp, colorful and vibrant.

halflife25halflife25 Toronto, ONPosts: 737Member

For those who don't visit official forums often or missed the topic here is the link...

https://forum-en.guildwars2.com/forum/game/gw2/better-colour-overall-graphic-FXAA

However, it will be better to tweak your own settings to get the desired effect. The original settings were a little too dark for me.

The difference is night and day and i can never go back to the old washed out look of GW2 again.

 

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  • AerowynAerowyn BUZZARDS BAY, MAPosts: 7,928Member
    i was using a SMAA injector at launch but mumble didn't work with it.. ill see if I have any luck with this

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  • maddbomber83maddbomber83 Andrews, TXPosts: 422Member

    Doesn't work with Windows 8.

     

    I was using SweetFX and it does make the game look much much better (with your own custom settings).

     

    Will be nice when we can get this in the new OS too.

  • QSatuQSatu WarsawPosts: 1,733Member Uncommon

    A lot of people are using this in Skyrim and I always felt it completely killed the mood of the game. Everything became so colourful and oversaturated. But since GW2 has different colour pallette it might work better.

     

    Edit. Hmm I tried it today. I turned on only a few options. I didn't want to change the colours too much. I turned off blood in game and the game looks very crisp wtih smaa and small sharpen effect. Quite cool tbh. I will upload some screenshots later.

     

    Edit 2.

    image I only increased sharpness a little bit + SMAA + a tiny bit of vibrancy increase. I don't like changing the colours of the game. I prefer to stick to devs intentions but I wanted a crisper image. I like the results so far and my performance doesn't suffer.

  • halflife25halflife25 Toronto, ONPosts: 737Member
    I have been testing this a lot and it would be acrime to play without Sweetfx. It makes color so rich and night actually look like nights. The lighting and everything looks top notch.
  • IcewhiteIcewhite Elmhurst, ILPosts: 6,403Member
    Originally posted by halflife25
    and night actually look like nights.

    Oh no, not the darkity-dark black demon in a dark cave at midnight effect again...?

    My least favorite of the 'briefly popular in games' graphical trends...90s?  When you had to crank the gamma on every game just to see anything.

    It got worse.  Over-Bloom-o-rama was next...heh.

    Self-pity imprisons us in the walls of our own self-absorption. The whole world shrinks down to the size of our problem, and the more we dwell on it, the smaller we are and the larger the problem seems to grow.

  • sammyelisammyeli Fremont, CAPosts: 765Member

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  • halflife25halflife25 Toronto, ONPosts: 737Member
    Originally posted by Icewhite
    Originally posted by halflife25
    and night actually look like nights.

    Oh no, not the darkity-dark black demon in a dark cave at midnight effect again...?

    My least favorite of the 'briefly popular in games' graphical trends...90s?  When you had to crank the gamma on every game just to see anything.

    It got worse.  Over-Bloom-o-rama was next...heh.

    Nope not that dark, but when it is night the effects should be seen on surroundings too. Without this mod the night time doesn't effefct the torches and other source of lightings or night shadows that much. But with some tweakks in settings it really  makes the night time they way it should be. it has nothing to do with making it so dark that you feel like a blind person trying to find your way out of the dark room.

    Wortha  try if you don't like it all it takes is press of 'scroll' key to switch it off.

  • maddbomber83maddbomber83 Andrews, TXPosts: 422Member

    The thing is, everything is adjustable.

     

    You don't want to just turn on bloom and HDR, you want to adjust the values until they match your preference.

     

    I like toggleing it a bunch while changing settings.  My goal is to improve the image while keeping it close to what the developers made.

     

    Sharpen, a lot.

    Saturation, up a bit.

    Bloom / HDR balanced so that the overall brightness of the image is the same but 'pops' more.

     

    Using the UI in game as a guide, you can really get the colors just right.  The end goal is this:

     

    Having someone who did not see you edit the game at all sit down and you tell them you edited the game, and they say "It doesn't look any different" and then you toggle the mod off and they say "Wow, it looks much better the way you edited it".

  • tv2zulutv2zulu CopenhagenPosts: 73Member

    Thanks for this, I'll try it out :)

    I'm not fond of the single post-processing option ingame, but I dooOOooO like me some eye-candy :D

  • sammyelisammyeli Fremont, CAPosts: 765Member

    Hey guys is there specific software that shouldn't be running for htis to work. I ask this because I have a couple of guildmates that have high end PCs with gtx 670s and the game just wont launch once sweetfx is all setup, for me it works fine, and I am running a 580gtx, this is also a problem with some of the users in the guild that use 460s and 560s.

     

    Maybe some settings might need to be turned off in nvidia cp. hope someone is able to help.

     

    Thanks in advance.

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  • HomituHomitu Hometown, HIPosts: 2,030Member
    Does anyone have any side by side or before and after pics?  I can't tell any difference with just one picture.  
  • sammyelisammyeli Fremont, CAPosts: 765Member

    image

    “The truth may be puzzling. It may take some work to grapple with. It may be counterintuitive. It may contradict deeply held prejudices. It may not be consonant with what we desperately want to be true. But our preferences do not determine what's true.”

    Carl Sagan-

  • FionFion Montour Falls, NYPosts: 2,351Member
    When I try this, GW2 crashes on startup. And yes, I do follow the very simple instructions of 'copy all to the folder containing the exe'.

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  • sammyelisammyeli Fremont, CAPosts: 765Member
    YOu are not the only one like I posted above many of my guildmates are crashing also.

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  • thunderCthunderC miami flPosts: 463Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Fion
    When I try this, GW2 crashes on startup. And yes, I do follow the very simple instructions of 'copy all to the folder containing the exe'.

     Right click your GW2 icon and select "run as administrator" . This cleared up my crashing issues.

  • ZzadZzad Palma de MallorcaPosts: 1,332Member Uncommon

    Just downloaded and tried it....

    It does look a lot better with it ! Can anyone share their setting with some screenshoot?

    I don´t really know how to adjust values & it looks a little dark by dafault!

    TY for the tip halflife25:)

     

    BEFORE                                                                   AFTER

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    Another pic showing great coloring!

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  • chopgrchopgr AthensPosts: 179Member

    i gave sweet/ injector a shot and the vibrance in colors was nice. 

     

    But i removed it because it killed my FPS.

     

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  • QSatuQSatu WarsawPosts: 1,733Member Uncommon

    here are a few mine:

    stil only a small changes like vibrancy, sharpen, aa.

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  • maddbomber83maddbomber83 Andrews, TXPosts: 422Member

    I still say the best way to work this is for someone to sit down at your comp and you say, hey! look what I did!

     

    They then say, I don't see anything different....

     

    Then you turn it off and they go wow, turn that back on!

     

    With that said, below is a link to 4 videos that show it off a bit on my prefered settings.  No noticable hit to frame rate.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvWvNhHN__dXMwRLXMkqZEAHxtMa6ybmU

  • BlessingsBlessings Merritt Island, FLPosts: 66Member

    Checked out your videos. So this tweeker or whatever, it actually makes the game looks worse. It does make everything "pop" like you say, but from what Ive seen, all its doing is making it darker, and the colors stand out more.

     

    Its like taking a painting, and redoing it with a marker. Idk how you can like playing like that.

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  • tv2zulutv2zulu CopenhagenPosts: 73Member
    Originally posted by Blessings

    Checked out your videos. So this tweeker or whatever, it actually makes the game looks worse. It does make everything "pop" like you say, but from what Ive seen, all its doing is making it darker, and the colors stand out more.

     

    Its like taking a painting, and redoing it with a marker. Idk how you can like playing like that.

    You adjust the settings yourself ;)

    I do agree that mad's settings lose a bit too much detail in the dark areas and have just a tiny bit too much saturation. Personal preference tho, and depends on the individuals monitor calibration.

  • halflife25halflife25 Toronto, ONPosts: 737Member
    Originally posted by Blessings

    Checked out your videos. So this tweeker or whatever, it actually makes the game looks worse. It does make everything "pop" like you say, but from what Ive seen, all its doing is making it darker, and the colors stand out more.

     

    Its like taking a painting, and redoing it with a marker. Idk how you can like playing like that.

    This tweaker does only what you want it to do; It is totally up to the players and there are some great setting without saturation and darkness. This mod is not something that you can get acquainted with in just a day. There are so many options that it is mind boggling.

  • ConnmacartConnmacart OsloPosts: 681Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Blessings

    Checked out your videos. So this tweeker or whatever, it actually makes the game looks worse. It does make everything "pop" like you say, but from what Ive seen, all its doing is making it darker, and the colors stand out more.

     

    Its like taking a painting, and redoing it with a marker. Idk how you can like playing like that.

    I have to agree that I don't think it makes it look better. I used to work with video editing a lot and there are tools like this as well for that. In the end I always went with a minimum of filters, because it never looked right. From the screenshots and videos I already find it to oversharpen things. Those videos are even worse and really not a good advertisement for the product. The videos have a great amount of detail lost.

  • botrytisbotrytis In Flux, MIPosts: 2,567Member
    I agree with the others who say it doesn't make the game look better.

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