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SweetFX Shader Suite release and discussion thread #4
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Default SweetFX Shader Suite release and discussion thread #4 - 09-30-2013, 01:36 | posts: 686 | Location: Denmark

This is the official release thread for SweetFX.

Previous threads:

Current version is 1.5.1

On Dropcanvas you can also find versions of my shaders that will work with Media Player Classic so you can use them to improve movie watching as well.

I'll be posting new releases here and you can discuss SweetFX and share settings here too (use the code tag and optionally the spoiler tag when posting settings).
We are also very happy to see your screenshots but try not to post full size screenshots as they break the forum format. Post images no wider than 1024 pixels that link to the full size screenshots instead. If you post a lot you may also consider using the spoiler tag.

News and links
Injector news:
Crosire is hard at work on new injectors for DX 9,10,11 and OpenGL.
I'm hard at work porting SweetFX over to the new eFX injector by Crosire, and improving it to use the new features that eFX allows me to use.
Boulotaur is absent - busy with real life stuff, so development on his injector seems to have stopped.

GUI tool:
Videoguides (by TheAdipose):

And over in the forums, the moderator TFL_Replica have also posted tons of screenshots and it's also a good place for support if no one here was able to help you.

Also youtuber Quicksh0tHD did a interview with me.

Those of you with an AMD card will be happy to learn that the latest RadeonPro beta now supports SweetFX and can run all the effects without relying on the InjectSMAA injector.
This makes it easy to use with RadeonPros many other cool features, but most importantly this also works with 64bit executables, which the InjectSMAA injector that SweetFX currently ships with does not.
It is however an AMD only tool otherwise I would probably have chosen to it as the default injector I develop SweetFX for.

What is it?
So in case you're new to SweetFX Shader Suite (or just SweetFX), it's a mod built on the InjectSMAA shader injector, that allows you to apply a suite of post processing shader effects to your games.

You may have tried another shader injection mod before, like InjectFXAA, InjectSMAA or FXAAtool. SweetFX improves upon all of these.

You can add SMAA anti-aliasing , sharpening and tweak the color, gamma , exposure and more.
It's meant to allow you to improve the look of your games and change the look and mood of it to your liking.
If you use SMAA antialiasing instead of MSAA or an even more expensive antialaliasing technique you can also make the game run faster (than with MSAA)

Effects included:

  • SMAA Anti-aliasing : Anti-aliases the image using the SMAA technique - see
  • FXAA Anti-aliasing : Anti-aliases the image using the FXAA technique - currently only work under DirectX9. Use the d3d9.dll found in \SweetFX\dlls\FXAA DX9 dll\ for this.
  • Explosion : Scatters the pixels similarly to the Explosion filter in Irfanview
  • Cartoon : Creates an outline-effect that makes the image look more cartoonish.
  • Advanced CRT : Mimics the look of an old arcade CRT display.
  • LumaSharpen : Sharpens the image, making details easier to see
  • Bloom : Makes strong lights bleed their light into their surroundings
  • HDR : Mimics an HDR tonemapped look
  • Levels : Sets a new black and white point. A fast and easy way to increase contrast but it causes clipping. The Curves effect does this in a more subtle way without causing clipping.
  • Technicolor : Makes the image look like it was processed using a three-strip Technicolor process - see
  • Cineon DPX : Makes the image look like it was converted from film to Cineon DPX. Can be used to create a "sunny" look.
  • Monochrome : Removes colors from the image so it appears as if shot on black and white film.
  • Lift Gamma Gain : Adjust brightness and color of shadows, midtones and highlights (and typically does it better then the Tonemap effect)
  • Tonemap : Adjust gamma, exposure, saturation, bleach and defog. (may cause clipping)
  • Vibrance : Intelligently saturates (or desaturates if you use negative values) the pixels depending on their original saturation.
  • Curves : Contrast adjustments using S-curves - without causing clipping.
  • Sepia : Sepia tones the image - see
  • Vignette : Darkens the edges of the image to make it look more like it was shot with a camera lens. - see )
  • Dither : Applies dithering to simulate more colors than your monitor can display. This lessens banding artifacts - see )
  • Border : Makes the screenedge black as a workaround for the bright edge that forcing some AA modes sometimes causes.
  • Splitscreen : Enables the before-and-after splitscreen comparison mode.
  • Custom : A template to allow other to more easily program their own shader. Just edit /SweetFX/Shaders/custom.h (some programming knowledge required)

SweetFX works with almost any 32bit (and hopefully soon 64bit) DirectX 9, 10 or 11 game or application.

It runs on all Windows versions from Windows 2000 and up. Both 32bit and 64bit.

It works perfectly with all cards that can run DirectX9 games and support shader model 3. (that's all cards since the Ati Radeon X1xxx and Nvidia Geforce 6xxx series)

Some of the effects will even work on cards so old that they can only run shader model 2. (Ati Radeon 9xxx to X8xx series and the GeForce FX 5xxx series)
- there is a compability setting that enables support for these really old cards in /SweetFX/SweetFX_compatibility_settings.txt

64bit support should be coming in the near future as Boulotaur2024 has been working on a new injector that works with 64bit.
His current WIP version should work with most 64bit executables and once it's matured a little more it will most likely become the new default injector for SweetFX

It may work on Linux using Wine - please report your findings.

It does not work well with most programs that overlay an image onto the game. It has a workaround for the Steam overlay so that will work, and you can make overlays based on Rivatuner OSD work as well with a compability setting in those overlays , but other overlays may prevent SweetFX from making changes to the image or outright crash the game - turn those off.

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