Graphics improvement collection for Skyrim, including many texture and mesh retoolings by OpticShooter and other modders. The mods in this collection have been tested by the creator to ensure a quality gameplay session; no conflicting mods will be added here. Read individual mod files to learn more about them and to get troubleshooting information, if you ever need any.
This collection is built around the idea that small but powerful mods can come together to change the way you play Skyrim. Enjoy a verisimilar experience with this selection; just don't get pulled into the game forever.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Here are some commonly asked questions from the comments. Please be sure to read the comments section to see if there are answers for your question as well.
- What official DLC additions are compatible with this collection?
All of these mods are compatible with Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn DLCs. I don't expect any incompatibilities with future DLC.
- What isn't compatible with this collection?
Any mods that modify vanilla textures and meshes of anything in this collection (i.e. mods that modify water, auroras, sunglares, ice, snow, etc.). You should check the mod-in-question's individual page in order to find out more information.
- Is it safe to pick and choose?
Absolutely. In fact, I don't recommend you use the entire collection if you have a lower end machine, as this could cause a performance hit on your system; however, for most users this won't be the case. Also, if you don't have Dragonborn DLC, you cannot use the Waves modification
- My game is running a little slow with all these mods enabled, and I am thinking of disabling the most resource-instensive. Which mods might cause a performance hit on my system?
Try disabling the folloiwng to see if your problem persist:
Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM part 1
Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM part 2
- Do you recommend using any other mods not listed in this collection?
These mods were not included because they are modular and difficult to impossible to uninstall since they all include scripts that infect save game files. However, they should be used nonetheless in my opinion since they fix several meshing and texture problems that make Skyrim look better.
Bigger and Boulder increases the resolution for some rock-texture files. While some other mods do the same, they fall flat in either the main texture or the bump map. The aim of BAB is for both areas to look the best they can be. The details of the textur...
This small but mighty texture mod enhances the distant low-detail terrain by re-creating from
scratch, a new more detailed and more defined texture map. This makes the distant terrain look
far better because it reduces blotchy patches, makes the terrain...
Lush Grass enhances the world's foliage by making the grass look fuller and more lush. This will make the game look even more dense and wild like it should have been; it also is great for just sight-seeing.
Lush Trees now adds fully custom pine trees to the world by adding new branches, fronds, styles,
shapes, bark, leaves, caps and much more.This will make the game look vastly different and unique
like it should have been, but also is great if you are t...
This mod simply replaces the original Skyrim galaxy texture with an actual image of our own Milky Way galaxy. The rest of the sky elements (stars, auroras, moons) remain vanilla and function as they normally do.
Simply gives Skyrim's Auroras a more clear and vibrant look to enhance their visual beauty. This mod is meshes only so you should have no problem using any texture mods with this. There is no performance to be lost so you can use this if you can already p...
Water And Terrain Enhancement Redux (also called WATER or W.A.T.E.R.) enhances the water throughout Skyrim. Each type of water (ocean, lakes, rivers, marshes, and creeks) have been hand-crafted to improve the flow direction, with a more transparent shorel...