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If you don’t know what Shaders are, they’re basically a new way of rendering light and shadows to mimic realistic lighting in a better way. Minecraft has a simple design that we can all appreciate, but if you ever want to experience the iconic blocky game with god rays, this is how it’s done. Shaders do this by mimicking actual lighting effects in real life such as rays passing through translucent blocks, shadow casting, extensive customizability on textures/features, and much more. Although shaders are just adjustments to lighting, they are technically a mod. Even though this is the case, you don’t have to worry as there are no rules against Optifine or Shaders in multiplayer servers. Today’s going to be a fun day. I say this because the (arguably) best mod for Minecraft is updated for 1.16! Optifine! This allows us to increase our FPS, fine-tune in-game settings to a much higher level of detail, and of course, add those awesome looking shaders! I will show you how simple it is to get started, and then I will share with you my favorite Shader packs to get started!
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These shaders are my current recommendations for what I personally use ordered from best to worst. Although, none of these are bad and mostly all shaders look beautiful.
The prettiest, shmexist shaders that offer the most immersive experience and the best screenshots. Use at your PC’s risk!
A lightweight shaders pack that is meant to mimic the lighting used in Minecraft trailers. Best paired with the ‘Bare Bones’ texture pack.
The most popularized shaders, with different versions and the most customizability.
A lightweight shader that is meant to offer a slight ‘buff’ to Vanilla lighting. This particular pack also offers other Shaders inside of it that you can switch to on the fly like Chocapic, Plunderpixel and Rudoplays.
I also recommend that you search through sites like Planet Minecraft and look for other shaders that fit your preferences best. There are hundreds out there. Good luck!
That’s all, folks! Optifine itself is awesome and will increase FPS and control over your game. Shaders add a whole lot of epic graphics to Minecraft, and I can’t imagine my game without it. You can get the perfect Shaders that fit your preferences. However, sometimes I do turn them off if I’m on a minigame server. To each their own, I guess. With that said, have a great day!