Enhancing Minecraft with Shaders is a great way to give a completely new look and feel to the game thanks to Minecraft Shader Packs. Whether you want to simply spice up the graphics, or want to take stunning screenshots of your build, here are my picks for the top packs updated for 2021, enjoy!
Minecraft Shader Packs for 2021
In this list you can find the top selection of shaders, carefully chosen to maximise on giving you amazing graphics without requiring too much GPU power, so you should be able to play with no lag.
Another great way to give your game a new look, is by installing a new Minecraft Resource Pack (Texture Pack). This will not impact your game performance, allowing for high FPS.
The BSL Shader is a stunning new pack, that allows for in depth customisation and tweaking to your liking. It enhances the game’s look without going too far from the original style, while giving you an amazingly smooth new lighting, water and natural colour overhaul.
The BSL Shader is one of the best shaders, allowing maximum customisation without sacrificing performance.
Sildur’s Vibrant Shader Packs
Another very popular choice are the Slidur’s Vibrant Shaders. The vibrant shaders completely revamp the lighting system of Minecraft. It adds advanced shading effects such as god rays, volumetric lighting, bloom, ambient occlusion and reflections. All of this while still maintaining high performance.
If you’re looking for a very advanced shader with incredible lighting, Sildur’s Vibrant is definitely a great choice!
SEUS Sonic Ether’s Shader
The SEUS is an exciting shader that is available in two versions. Choose between Renewed or Path Traced Global Illumination (PTGI). Renewed is best choice for getting optimal performance on your gaming PC, being one of the most realistic style shaders available.
The PTGI shader requires a powerful PC. It introduces ray tracing that is compatible with both GTX and RTX graphics cards from Nvidia and is going to offer the best visuals possible.
If you’re on the look out for a shader that doesn’t change the game like the previous ones mentioned, then RudoPlays might be good for you. It enhances the Minecraft experience by introducing a subtile lighting system, lovely optical flares and smooth water, while keeping the original look and enhancing it with a more welcoming look.
The shader also doesn’t require a high end PC either, and runs very well on low to mid spec builds.
RudoPlays shader is an excellent choice for experiencing Minecraft with gorgeous water shaders, and a smooth and bright familiar look and feel.
ProjectLUMA Minecraft Shader Pack
The ProjectLUMA shader is a relatively new pack for the Minecraft Shaders Mod (OptiFine). It’s the official successor to the popular KUDA-Shaders, although the shader pack has been completely rewritten from scratch.
The goal of projectLUMA is enhancing Minecraft without the effects distracting you from the gameplay and also most importantly, with low performance cost with still decent graphics.
How to install Minecraft Shader Packs?
If you are wondering how to get started, here is a very quick guide on how to install the shader packs.
- First, download and install the mod Optifine
- Download a shaderpack of your liking
- Put the shaderpack inside .minecraft/shaderpacks
- Launch Minecraft
- Open Options, -> Video Settings, -> Shaders
- Choose the shader pack and hit done!
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