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PTA Presets

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

Adam's PTA Presets

DL: 2554

Adam 26_01 • F-16 over Monument Valley - ORBX • Downloads: 2554

NEW! PTA 2.60 preset 26_01

I've now upgraded to P3Dv4.1+PTA2.60. All these presets work well with REX4/TD, AS/ASCA and FEX. PTA is available here: Matt Davies' comments: @MattDaviesHD.

Latest preset: Adam_26_01  for PTA 2.60 (P3Dv4.1).

Old presets (click for full details & screenshots):
Adam_25_04 | Adam_25_03 | Adam_25_02 | Adam_25_01
Adam_21_11 | Adam_21_10
Tweaking Tips | Benchmarking Scenarios

PTA presets with natural and balanced palettes that will work at all times of the day, with all seasons and all sky/cloud textures (regardless of which program is used to generate them).

Creating different presets to suit palettes for all the P3D seasons would require frequent sim restarts and rebuilds of the shaders cache (particularly if you jump from one hemisphere to another in the same session) - so using a single year-round preset is much more practical. All the presets here are designed to work this way.

These presets require HDR mode in P3D to be enabled - and 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.

If you find you need to make more drastic (or permanent) adjustments to the preset, see Customising below.

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 weather + texture generation (AS or ASN etc.), you may occasionally get some unpredictable 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 1: Dawn: 22 Chill | Day: 14 Fair | Dusk 03 Dust ... or ...
REX Sky textures 2: Dawn: 21 Glacial | Day: 10 Brisk | Dusk 07 October.
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 it to somewhere convenient.
  2. Copy the *.ini file into your PTA folder.
  3. Start PTA: navigate to 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 on Avsim.
Testing Scenarios Benchmarking images and posts

Adam_PTA_26_01 : current/latest (for P3Dv4.1/PTA 2.6 only)

Changes from Adam_PTA_25_04:

26_01 is a minor update from 25_04. Unlike 25_04, this new preset comes in only one "flavour".

  • HDR Brightness: 0.74 to 0.75.
  • Clouds light scattering: 0.12 to 1.15 (lightened cloud bases slightly).
  • Clouds lighting tuning: 0.90 to 0.80 (darkened slightly).
  • Aircraft lighting: Ambient sunlight: 0.87 to 0.89 (lightened shadows slightly).
  • Aircraft lighting: Diffuse sunlight: 0.84 to 0.82 (light areas slightly darker).
  • VC Ambient sunlight: 1.50 (lighten shadows slightly).
  • VC Diffuse sunlight: 0.90 (light areas slightly darker).
  • Water surface tuning/view angle: reduced to minimum value to eliminate "oily/black" water.
  • Waves size: 7 to 2 (increased wave size to give inland water some waves).

Adam_PTA_26_01:  DOWNLOAD

DL: 2554

 • 01 • Tecnam Sierra - NZMF ORBX/NZSI • Downloads: 2554

P3Dv4.1 HDR settings: Brightness: 0.75 | Bloom: 0.10 | Saturation: 0.94

 • 03 • Dh Mosquito - NZTH ORBX/NZNI

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.

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.


Preset v26.01 for PTA v2.60 | P3Dv4.1

Created: 15 Oct 2017

Preset v25.04 for PTA v2.52 | P3Dv4

Created: 29 Aug 2017

Preset v25.03 for PTA v2.52 | P3Dv4

Created: 20 Jul 2017

Preset v25.02 for PTA v2.51 | P3Dv4

Created: 27 Jun 2017

Preset v25.01 for PTA v2.51 | P3Dv4

Created: 17 Jun 2017

Preset v21.11 for PTA v2.10 | P3Dv3

Created: 22 Mar 2017

Preset v21.10 for PTA v2.10 | P3Dv3

Created: 05 Feb 2017

PTA Generic Test Scenario 02

NZNS 0700 clear weather

PTA Generic Test Scenario 01

NZNI 1600 clear weather

P3dv41 Settings: Adam

My P3Dv4.1, nVidiaCP and NVI settings.

P3D Settings for PTA Benchmarking

Set these options in P3D