The GLSL Shaders mod adds to the Minecraft engine, allowing more advanced lighting effects and increasing the graphical quality of the block based adventure game. the Shader Mod, along with various shader packs from the community can add a huge variety of effects, from waving grass and moving leaves to reflections on water to even making the game have bold outlines around objects, much like in Borderlands and Borderlands 2.
Shaders are what make other games look so incredible. Take a game and remove the shaders from it and you’d just have a game with no sense of depth or lighting. There would be no fog, no reflections of glass or water, and in many caes, those games would look terrible simply because they were built with having shaders in mind. Minecraft actually has some shaders of its own. These basic shaders that come with the game are essentially the lighting system. Even when Minecraft was in alpha and had the old lighting system that was still a shader, it just didn’t look quite as good as the lighting does now. With the Shader Mod and some good Shader Packs, you can make minecraft actually use some of the power in your PC to look amazing.
Several users are making shader packs for the Shader Mod. Because the original mod is a framework more than anything else, the really amazing results you can achieve with it are all dependant on which shader packs you want to install. Here’s a list of the shader packs you can get
- bump-shadow-waving v0.9.2 (experimental)
- Sonic Ether’s Unbelievable Shaders v10 RC7
- Chocapic13’s shaders
- Sildur’s Shaders
- Naelego’s Cel Shaders
- Alexei03a’s Reflection Shaders
This shader pack will upgrade the look and feel of minecraft, but only from a shader perspective, it won’t actually change the way the textures look. I highly encourage using a texture pack with this mod. To really get that “HD” feel I recommend using an HD texture pack in conjunction with this. Minecraft’s default textures are 16 pixels by 16 pixels, pairly low resolution, but modders have increased that limit and made texture packs up to 128 pixels by 128 pixels. This means objects’ surfaces look less pixelated or blocky, but the object itself doesn’t change, it is still a block, this just changes the way its surfaces look. With the Shader Mod and a few other tweaks, you can make minecraft look pretty incredible. Give these mods a shot!