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Adam's presets for the Prepar3D Tweak Assistant (PTA).

P3D Tweak Assistant - Adam's Presets

Adam_21_11 • F-86 Sabre - ORBX NZNI/Coromandel • Downloaded: 765

PTA and P3Dv4

I've now upgraded to P3Dv4 + PTA2.51. However - neither of the two texture systems that I use (REX/TD and FEX) have been updated for P3Dv4 yet, so the 25_01 preset has been tweaked for DEFAULT P3Dv4 skies/cloud textures.

For those people still using FEX, you can point it at P3Dv4 and (selectively) install clouds or skies - but don't install any water-related stuff.

The new PTA 2.51 is available here: Matt Davies' comments on how/why: @MattDaviesHD.

Latest: Adam_25_01  for PTA 2.51 (P3Dv4) only.
Old presets: Adam_21_11 | Adam_21_10 | Adam_20_09 | Adam_20_08 | Adam_20_07 | Adam_20_06 | Adam_20_04
Tweaking Tips | Benchmarking Scenarios

Presets for Yuri/Matt's excellent shaders tool (for P3D only) with natural and balanced palettes that work across all times of the day, all seasons and all sky/cloud textures (regardless of which program is used to generate them).

Using different PTA presets to cover all seasonal variations would require frequent P3D restarts and rebuilds of the shaders cache, so the convenience of using a single "all-season" preset outweighs the apparent compromise.

Much of my time in P3D is over predominantly blue/green New Zealand, so these presets may not suit the drier, redder areas - though they shouldn't be that far off (see Customising below).

Preset filenames indicate the main PTA version (XX) and preset number (YY), in the form Don't use presets for different or non-matching *main* PTA versions, as parameters may have been added, renamed or even removed. Using presets for different PTA *sub* versions (eg. PTA 2.10, PTA 2.11) is fine.

ALL these presets require HDR mode in P3D to be enabled (newer presets have the recommended HDR settings hard-coded in the "Tweak main config" section). HDR can be tweaked "live" in P3D to suit user preferences or weather conditions, but bear in mind that even small changes in HDR values can have significant effects on final output.

Sky/cloud Textures

Sky textures have a HUGE impact on the overall palette in P3D (on sky, terrain and even aircraft) so, if you are using dynamic texture generation (AS or ASN etc.), you may occasionally get some odd looking results. For this reason, I prefer a fixed day texture set for the full 10-day cycle. I use OPUS Live Weather to vary the weather system only (ie. cloud coverage, visibility etc. - no changes to textures), giving me plenty of variation without disturbing the overall colour balance.

I combine REX/Texture Direct (sky, ground, water) with FEX (clouds):

REX Sky textures: Dawn: 22 Chill | Day: 14 Fair | Dusk 03 Dust.
FEX cloud theme: When logged into the FEX server, try finding Adam P3dv3 PTA 20-08, author Adam Banks.

Preset Installation

This presumes you already have a fully working version of PTA on your system. If starting totally from scratch, please check out Matt's site (and the Avsim forums) for fresh install instructions.

  1. Download the preset zip archive and extract to somewhere convenient.
  2. Copy the *.ini file into your PTA folder.
  3. Launch PTA and open the new preset.
  4. Click on "Apply Preset". This will apply the preset and clear your shaders cache.
  5. Launch P3D - and check that your HDR settings are set to the recommended values for the new preset.

It may take a while for the textures/shaders to rebuild the first time you run P3D after a preset change - this is normal.

LINKS Matt's PTA site.
Avsim Forums PTA & Realism Shaderpack (*general*).
Avsim Forums PTA 2.51 for P3Dv4.
Avsim Forums - PTA PTA (*presets*) + new preset announcements ("follow" this): Latest Post.
PTA Presets Showcase Discussion of the tweaks listed here plus other users' contributions.
Adam's PTA Presets: Gallery Screenshot Gallery.
Adam's PTA Presets: Updates Update announcements.
Testing Scenarios Benchmarking images and posts

Adam_PTA_25_01 (current/latest - for P3Dv4/PTA 2.5 only)

For PTA v2.51. P3D HDR settings: Brightness: 0.80 | Bloom: 0.10 | Saturation: 0.85.  DOWNLOAD

Adam_25_01 : 01

Adam_25_01 • Coromandel, NZ • Downloaded: 765

Adam_25_01 : 02
Adam_25_01 : 03
Adam_25_01 : 04

Changes from Adam_PTA_21_11:

This is very much a "work in progress" preset for P3Dv4 and Matt's new PTA 2.51. As yet, neither of the two texture systems that I use (REX or FEX) have been updated for P3Dv4, so this preset is more or less the old 21_11 but tweaked for DEFAULT P3Dv4 sky/cloud textures.

  • Contrast 0.50 (was 0.75).
  • HDR brightness & bloom changed.

Customising presets: quick tips

All systems are different, so if you feel you need to make further adjustments, here are some places to look:

  • Too blue overall? Enable the Scene tone adjustment post-processing filter then adjust the blue value - OR - lower the blue value (balanceZ) in Vibrance.
  • Water too blue? Tweak the Water Saturation value (to around 0.78 or below). Turning down the blue in the Haze effect and Rayleigh filters may also help.
  • Water: repeating textures? These will depend on the current water textures in use. Try experimenting with the two Waves size parameters.
  • Too dark in fully overcast conditions? Temporarily raise the HDR Brightness value (in P3D) or (in PTA) slightly raise the values of Objects lighting/Ambient sunlight ratio and Terrain lighting/Ambient sunlight ratio.


Adam's Preset v25.01 for PTA v2.51

Created: 17 Jun 2017

Adam's Preset v21.11 for PTA v2.10

Created: 22 Mar 2017

Adam's Preset v21.10 for PTA v2.10

Created: 05 Feb 2017

Adam's Preset v20.09 for PTA v2.04

Created: 19 Jan 2017

Adam's Preset v20.08 for PTA v2.04

Created: 17 Jan 2017

Adam's Preset v20.07 for PTA v2.00-2.03

Created: 01 Jan 2017

Adam's Preset v20.06 for PTA v2.00-2.03

Created: 28 Dec 2016

Adam's Preset v20.04 for PTA v2.00-2.03

Created: 21 Dec 2016

PTA Generic Test Scenario 02

NZNS 0700 clear weather

PTA Generic Test Scenario 01

NZNI 1600 clear weather

P3D Settings for PTA Benchmarking

Set these options in P3D