Installing Shaders

Aug 25, 2016
Installing Shaders
  • How to Install Shaders
    For Windows
    For Minecraft 1.7.10


    WHAT ARE SHADERS?
    Shaders are a unique way to add some breathtaking beauty to the world of Minecraft. From transforming how builds and server hubs look, to just making your journey in singleplayer feel more epic and real, they bring a lot the Minecraft table.

    This guide will show you how to download and install Forge (a Minecraft mod loader), WinRar (a .zip file extractor needed to download and work with shaderpacks), the GLSL shaders mod (a mod that allows you to use custom shaderpacks), Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders (SEUS) (a popular and most commonly used shaderpack), and Optifine (a mod that boosts FPS performance and introduces more video settings for you to customize your Minecraft experience).

    Before you start, one thing needs to be addressed: your computer’s capabilities. While Optifine will help out a lot in alleviating the stress of rendering constantly updating shadows and lights, many people report an average Frames Per Second (FPS) drop of about half. Therefore, if you normally have to set your video settings to Low or have low FPS most of the time, installing shaders may have an overall negative impact on your gaming experience.

    Alrighty, full speed ahead!


    REQUIRED DOWNLOADS & INSTALLATION
    You’ll need to download a couple things (links below). If compelled, feel free to download everything at once or follow along and download when prompted to.

    Remember: Downloading third party software or mods is done at your own risk. The server is not responsible for issues with your game or computer resulting from doing so.

    WinRAR -> http://www.rarlab.com/
    Forge -> http://files.minecraftforge.net/
    Shaders Mod -> http://www.minecraftprojects.net/mods/shaders-mod
    SEUS -> http://www.minecraftforum.net/forum...80299-sonic-ethers-unbelievable-shaders-v10-1
    Optifine -> https://optifine.net/downloads

    Firstly, we’ll need a .zip file extractor so we can download and work with shaderpacks and mods. My preferred file extractor is WinRAR. Download and install it.

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    Next, we’ll need Forge so we can load mods onto Minecraft. You’ll see a lot of difference versions for Forge builds, so you’ll need to look for the version of Minecraft you’ll want to play on. Here, I go for the latest Minecraft version, but the recommended build of Forge. Recommended builds tend to be more stable and less buggy than the latest iteration. At the writing of this tutorial, Forge has NOT been updated for 1.8 yet.

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    Click on Install Client and then Okay when it’s finished. Now when you open your Minecraft Client, there should be a new Profile in the dropdown menu called “Forge”. Click on it, and then Play. Once it loads, there should be some Forge Version info and Mod info on the lower left-hand corner of the window. Then click on Singleplayer and then Create World with any settings. We just need Forge to load up a world before dumping mods into it. Once a world has been loaded, exit the client.

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    Next we’re going to download and install Optifine. One the site, you can pick either Optifine HD Standard or Optifine HD Ultra if you’re feeling fancy (I go for the standard), and then click a build version. The versions at the top of the list are the latest builds (I click on the OptiFine 1.7.10 HD B4).

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    Once downloaded, you have to drag the Optifine .jar into the new ‘mods’ folder in your .minecraft folder. To get here if you have Windows, you can put %appdata%/.minecraft into your Start search bar and hit enter, or by following this path C:\Users\*YourName*\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft

    Drag and drop the Optifine .jar into the mods folder.

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    Then we need to download and drop the Shaders Mod into the same mod folder as we did with Optifine.

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    Now onto the actual shaderpack that will give us the pretty shadows: SEUS. If you scroll down the site that was linked earlier, you should see the downloads section in the middle of the post. There are many versions of SEUS that you can choose from: v10.1 Standard, Ultra, Ultra DOF (Depth of Field, which gives Minecraft a sort of ‘fish-eye lens’), Ultra Motion Blur and then a v10.0 Lite Version (at the time of this writing, 10.1 Lite is not out yet).

    Pick the one you prefer (I go for the v10.1 Ultra) and download it. Now, before we can drag and drop our SEUS shaderpack into the Minecraft folder, we’ll need a place to put it. In your .minecraft folder, right click, New -> Folder, and then name this folder “shaderpacks”. Typed exactly like that; no caps or spaces, and don’t forget the ‘s’. Open the folder and then drag your SEUS shaderpack into the folder.

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    Almost done!

    Now open your Minecraft client with the same Forge profile before and hit Play. Now on your client window, you should see an Optifine Version too in the left-hand corner if you installed it correctly. Click singleplayer and load up a world.

    When you go to your Options (just the normal Options button, NOT Mod Options), you should a fancy (not really) Shaders button. REFRAIN from clicking on the shaderpack you download as we need to tweak a few settings first!!

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    Be sure that:
    - "tweakBlockDamage" is ON

    - "CloudShadow" is OFF
    - "OldLighting" is OFF

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    Now we can click the shaderpack. You should get a “Shaders initialized” message in your chat box confirming that they’re now enabled. Now you should see all the things! Enjoy~

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    Shortcut Link: http://dftba.us/shaders
    Edited by: @Jinxblog

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