Adam's PTA Presets
Natural & balanced presets for PTA (Prepar3D Tweak Assistant).
PTA presets with natural and balanced palettes that will work for:
* Using different presets to match the palettes for each P3D season would require frequent sim restarts and rebuilds of the shaders cache - especially if you jump from one hemisphere to another in the same session. Using a single year-round preset is much more practical.
These presets require HDR mode in P3D to be enabled: make sure you set the correct values for each preset. Though HDR values can be tweaked "live" in P3D (to suit user preferences or weather conditions), bear in mind that even small changes in settings can have a significant impact on the final output.
If you find you need to make more drastic (or permanent) adjustments to the preset, see Customising below.
NEW! 01 January 2019: Preset Adam_263_01 released : for P3Dv4.3/P3Dv4.4. DOWNLOAD
Preset Adam_263_01 works with PTA 2.63 (for P3Dv4.3/P3Dv4.4). If you have P3Dv4.2, then please use either of the two adam_pta261_03 presets.
Tested mainly in REX Skyforce3D, though all presets here should work well with REX4/TD, AS/ASCA and FEX. PTA is available from www.simtweaks.com.
Sky textures have a HUGE impact on the overall palette in P3D (on sky, terrain and even aircraft) so, if you are using live 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.
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.
It may take a while for the textures/shaders to rebuild the first time you run P3D after a preset change - this is normal.
Adam_PTA_25_04 : for P3Dv4/PTA 2.52
Changes from Adam_PTA_25_03:
25_04 is a minor update from 25_03 but, for the first time, this new preset comes in three "flavours": REX, FEX and ASCA. Though they're similar, each has individual tweaks - and the required P3D HDR settings will be different in each case. You can always "mix and match" - just load up a different preset and apply it.
I've found that ASCA in particular seems to be affected by sky colours more, so there's an alternative set of P3D HDR settings to try.
3 presets: REX | FEX | ASCA DOWNLOAD
REX4/Texture Direct P3Dv4 HDR settings:
Flight Environment X P3Dv4 HDR settings:
Active Sky + ASCA P3Dv4 HDR settings (two to try):
Adam_PTA_263_01 : for P3Dv4.4/P3Dv4.3/PTA 2.63 CURRENT/LATEST DOWNLOAD
263_01 is a minor update of 262_01 and was tested mainly with REX Skyforce3D (more details in the readme file in the archive).
PTA aircraft lighting and/or VC tweaks can display MDL problems with a few aircraft (JustFlight/Aerosoft/Octopus An-2). If you see parts of the external model incorrectly lit, disable the two aircraft/VC lighting options (all other values are OK).
P3D HDR settings:Brightness: 1.07 | Bloom: 0.00 | Saturation: 0.85
Customising presets: quick tips
All systems are different, so if you feel you need to make further adjustments, here are some places to look:
Preset filenames indicate the main PTA version (XX) and preset number (YY), in the form Adam_PTA_XX_YY.zip. 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.