ReShade is a generic post-processing injector for games and video software that gives you the ability to tweak the colors and lighting of your games. You get to add your own customized post-processing to any game you want to play without getting banned.
ReShade is commonly regarded as not being a game cheat because it only modifies pre-existing post-processing components, including MSAA antialiasing, dynamic film grain, screen space ambient occlusion, depth of field effects, chromatic aberration, cross processing, automatic saturation and color correction, among others.
Follow this guide and I’ll show you how to download, install, and start using the latest version of ReShade on your computer for free.
How to Download and Install ReShade Latest Version on Your PC for Free
- Click on the Download button on the sidebar to go directly to the official ReShade download page.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “Download ReShade 5.2.2” as shown below to get the desktop application.
- Go to your download folder and double-click the .exe file you just downloaded to run the installation.
- Click “Select game” and pick the .exe file of the game you want to tweak.
- Next, you’ll be asked to choose the correct rendering API for your game. You’ll see three options: Direct 3D 9, Direct 3D 10+, and OpenGL. Note that not all games are supported by ReShade, and for some games, there might be limited render options.
- The next thing is to download some Standard Effects from GitHub. Click Yes.
- You can click Ok once the download is done, or uncheck any component you don’t want to use from the list of Standard Effects. Alternative, you can just proceed with the installation and choose the effects you want directly in the game later on.
- After the installation, you’ll see the message below. Close it and open your game. Click “Shift + F2” to launch the ReSade interface. Create a preset with a new name in the ReShade menu.
Note that you can always go back to switch on/off any effects that you feel enhance your gameplay experience the most. Some of the most commonly used ones include FXAA (Fast approXimate Anti-Aliasing), AmbientLight, DPX (Digital Picture Exchange), and HDR (High Dynamic Range Rendering).
How to Uninstall ReShade from your Computer
If you’re not satisfied using ReShade, you can uninstall it from your computer by following the simple steps below.
- First, go to the game directory where it is installed.
- Delete the following files. Or just delete the folders named reshade-shaders and reshade-presets.
- Launch your game again to confirm that ReShade no longer appears on startup when you load the game.
If you prefer to use other programs that allow you to tweak the graphics of your games, feel free to check the free alternatives below.
Overview of ReShade
ReShade is a unique and generic post-processing injector for all games, which is designed to help you re-imagine your gaming experience whenever you play your favorite games.
You can bring up the ReShade interface once you launch the game, then use the options provided to change features like ambient occlusion, real depth of field effects, color correction, etc. With these effects, you can add advanced depth-edge-detection SMAA antialiasing, automatic saturation and color correction, screen space ambient occlusion, depth of field effects, chromatic aberration, dynamic film grain, cross processing, etc., to improve your gameplay experience.
Features of ReShade
- Has its own shading language and compiler, known as ReShade FX.
- Write your shaders and use them everywhere, whether you’re targeting Direct3D or OpenGL.
- Use preset files (*.ini) created from ReShade’s in-game user interface to share your configurations.
- It is generic and works with virtually every game. Be sure to use the correct API supported for each game when installing it.
- Select shaders you want during installation or directly from ReShade when you launch the game.
- This version comes with a powerful add-on API that enables you to write add-ons for both ReShade and other games you use it with.
Free Alternatives to ReShade
Lossless Scaling: Lossless Scaling does necessarily work as a post-processing injector like ReShade, but the software also allows you to run image upscaling in your video games without experiencing blurring. Lossless Scaling uses integer scaling to achieve this.
vkBasalt: vkBasalt is a Vulkan post-processing layer that allows you to enhance the visual graphics of your games. It has the following effects: Contrast Adaptive Sharpening Fast, Contrast Adaptive Sharpening, Denoised Luma Sharpening, and Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing.
Is ReShade free?
Is ReShade secure?
Why does my game crash after launching?
There are several reasons why a crash could happen. But first, you need to make sure you’re using an updated version of ReShade. Also note that third party software, like MSI Afterburner, RivaTuner, can conflict with ReShade. You might need to disable those.
If your game uses DirectX 11, rename every “dxgi” file to “d3d11”. Finally, some Anti-Cheat software could detect ReShade as an untrusted software. Again, check to see that you have an updated version that has been whitelisted.