How To Use Reshade In Cyberpunk 2077 | Step by Step Guide

Take Graphics to the next-level.

Although, there is Nvidia Ansel and AMD FreeStyle for Reshade in Cyberpunk 2077. The impact on details and generally speaking picture quality when compared with a real reshade is moderately less. We figured this in our long Cyberpunk 2077 Optimization Guide, but still, If you are using Nvidia Ansel or AMD FreeStyle, it’s better than nothing. However, If you would like to take Cyberpunk 2077’s Graphics to the next level, begin utilizing reshade. The difference is day and night, Nvidia/AMD Reshade mostly shows results around image quality, while the object models remain the same. In Reshade, however, you will see sensational improvement across both picture and model quality.

Typically, a great deal of players experience issues in applying and downloading Reshade. That is mainly because it is done through external software, and requires a technical understanding to apply changes. Don’t worry, though, because, In this guide, we will take you through the program in a step-by-step process.

Note: Everything mentioned below is safe; we are applying the changes on Steam Game, and all the rumours regarding reshade being not allowed are entirely inaccurate. Moreover, the difference in performance is also barely noticeable, so don’t worry about it.

Installing Reshade In Cyberpunk 2077

To give a brief summary regarding what we are about to. There are huge loads of mods and reshade related materials that will improve Cyberpunk 2077 for you. Notwithstanding, introducing every one of them and finding the right combination is hard. Therefore, we have a perfect solution, that consists of a hybrid between default Reshade and Ultimate Clarity (NexusMods). You will have to download these separately, allocate their folders, and initiate proper tweaks for improved graphics. This will hardly take five minutes, follow the steps down below.

  1. Head over to Reshade Website, Scroll Down and Download version 4.8.2
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    Download version 4.8.2.
  2. Once installed, run the program > Select the game and manage option > Browse and add your Cyberpunk2077.exe. This is usually located in the bin > x64 folder.
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    Cyberpunk2077.exe.
  3. Under Rendering API, Select Direct3D 10/11/12. Then you will be headed to a new interface, checkmark the following.
    SweetFX by CeeJay.dk
    qUINT by Marty McFly
    AstrayFX by BlueSkyDefender
    OtisFX by Otis Inf
    Click on Ok after you have check-marked these.

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    Checkmark these.
  4. When done, three list’s will appear and slide through them. In the end, you will get a message titled “ReShade Setup was successful.”
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    Reshade successful installation message.
  5.  Proceed to the Cyberpunk 2077 Clarity Reshade and Download it from here. 
  6. Unzip the file > Copy and Paste Ultimate_Clarity_Reshade_Preset Plus Reshade-Shaders folder in Cyberpunk 2077 > bin > x64 directory. Replace the files when asked.
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    Copy them to Cyberpunk directory.
  7. Now Launch Cyberpunk 2077 > Continue the game and click on Home Button, a menu will appear. Now you just have to select Ultimate_Clarity_Reshade_Preset Plus Reshade-Shaders and the reshade will be activated.
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    Reshade Menu In Cyberpunk 2077.
  8. In case it didn’t, you will have to checkmark the following.
    Curves [Curves.fx]
    Levels [Levels.fx]
    AMD FidelityFX Contrast Adaptive Sharpening [Cas.fx]
    FXAA [FXAA.fx]
    HDR [FakeHDR.fx]
    Tonemap [Tonemap.fx]
    MultiLUT [MultiLUT.fx]
    Clarity [Clarity.fx]
  9. After you have made all the changes suggested above, there will already be a noticeable difference in nearly all aspects of the game. Scroll down below for Reshade Comparisons in Cyberpunk 2077.
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    After applying reshade – Night City – Captured at 1080p.

Reshade Comparisons Cyberpunk 2077

There are a ton of reshade elements that you can add to Cyberpunk 2077. However, I’ve noticed that except the eight we listed above, others seem to be inconsistent. For example, Adaptive Fog works during the day, but there is an extra white layer that does not blend in the environment during the night. Moreover, If you are also using Nvidia Ansel or AMD FreeStyle already, Id highly advise to disable them, else you will see incorrect results.

Our guide was related to reshade, and now that you know how it’s done, I’m sure you will also be able to test around other elements as well. Here are some screenies that compare reshade on vs reshade off in Cyberpunk 2077.

Reshade On

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Comparing Reshade In Cyberpunk 2077.

Reshade Off

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Disabled.

Night City With Reshade

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Reshade Enabled.

Reshade Off

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Same place – disabled.

Out in the desert – Reshade On

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Enabled.

Same place, Reshade Turned Off

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Disabled.

Exputer Verdict – Reshade In Cyberpunk 2077

So what do the images above conclude about the perception of Reshade in Cyberpunk 2077? The photos look sharper; they also blend more appropriately in the environment. Besides, colours also look more vibrant, and while In default settings, some places look blurred and out of details. Reshade brings them back to the spotlight. We likewise saw that a portion of the additional reflections were acceptable to such an extent that it made us think we were using Ray Tracing (which we weren’t).

All in all, the difference is quite noticeable, and after using reshade, I’m not sure If I’ll ever return to the default settings. In case you have just started playing Cyberpunk 2077 and are completely overwhelmed with the cluttered Graphics Settings. We have an in-depth guide that guarantees High FPS plus splendid visuals. Take a look at that here.


Martin Bell

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