How to use ReShade to improve the image of GeForce Experience games

NVIDIA had previously experimented with modifying game graphics in real time using Ansel technology. With it, players with branded graphics cards can pause the game at any time and freely move the camera around the scene, taking pictures with the right to color filters, contrast, saturation and many other parameters. Now, a new version of the GeForce Experience driver and app introduces an even more powerful option: native support for ReShade.

For those who don’t know, ReShade is a tool that allows you to change all the image parameters in real time, from the lighting to the type of anti-aliasing filter. The result can completely transform your favorite games, making them more vivid, realistic or even cartoonish.

Interested? Then follow our guide on how to configure ReShade and make your games look even better!

How to use ReShade on your graphics card with GeForce Experience

Before you begin, make sure your computer and graphics card have updated drivers. Added native support for ReShade filters in Game Ready driver version 441.07. You can access the NVIDIA driver download page by clicking this link.

Once your GPU drivers are updated, the next step is to download the ReShade filter library. The files are available from the following link, which starts the download directly from the official NVIDIA website:

  • https://international-gfe.download.nvidia.com/GFE/GFEClient/ReShadeFilters/v1.0/Curated_ReShade_Filters.zip

With the file on your computer, extract all content to the C:Program FilesNVIDIA CorporationAnsel directory or to the folder where the graphics card drivers are located if you did a custom install on your PC. If the directory doesn’t already exist, just confirm the creation. Check it out in the image below:

The next step is to open a game that supports NVIDIA’s Freestyle feature, e.g. B. Borderlands, Fortnite or Ark: Survival Evolved (you can check the full list by clicking this link).

Then during gameplay, press “Alt+F3” to open the Freestyle Image Effects window (which changes the game in real time) or “Alt+F2” to open the Ansel Image Capture window. For the Freestyle option, the changes are in the Filters menu.

New effects and options with GeForce Experience (Image: NVIDIA)

There will be a number of predefined styles, just one click to confirm the ReShade filter selection. You can see the result immediately on your screen. From there, just test out the options and see which one comes closest to the look you want.

Retro neon effect in action with ReShade and GeForce Experience (Image: NVIDIA)

What is the benefit of using ReShade over NVIDIA drivers?

Normally, ReShade has to be “injected” into every game you want to change and installed manually. What NVIDIA has done is simplify the application of the filters. So all you have to do is install the library and apply it via the GeForce Experience menu as shown above.

The pack available for download includes a set of effects and filters selected by NVIDIA itself. There are 14 effects available for all games, while custom filters can only be applied to single player or non-competitive games. It is a restriction imposed to avoid improper benefits and fraud.

According to the company, more than 650 titles are compatible with the technology, which should give you a few hours of fun.

Remnants of the Ashes graphics transformed by the ReShade application

More surprises in the new version of the official NVIDIA driver

NVIDIA took advantage of one of the new features of AMD’s Adrenalin 2020 driver set and, as a novelty in its latest driver, it also brought the Image Sharpening function, which increases the sharpness of various details and textures of the scenes with almost no impact on performance and your FPS rate.

Comparison: Left image without sharpening filter / Right image with sharpening filter

It is available in the NVIDIA Control Panel under 3D Settings. Below the On/Off option are two sliders. The first controls the intensity of the sharpening effect and should be adjusted to your liking. The second ignores some image filters, such as B. filmic grain. This avoids image problems and excessive sharpening in some scenes.

The GPU scaling option renders the game below your monitor’s native resolution and uses the image sharpening feature to intelligently scale the scene with less quality loss. As a result, your performance will be higher.

To conclude the news, NVIDIA also presented the NULL technology or NVIDIA Ultra Low Latency. When activated, it guarantees the shortest possible response time to your commands and significantly reduces input lag in matches.

In online games where every millisecond can make the difference between life and death, this is a welcome addition, reducing lag even when using the V-Sync and G-Sync features to keep the graphics card and monitor perfectly in sync to keep.

Source: Techarp, NVIDIA, NVIDIA (2)