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Graphical Essentials
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.


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
Lush Trees

- 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.

Unofficial Skyrim Patch - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=87144366
Unofficial Dawnguard Patch - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=93466360
Unofficial Hearthfire Patch - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=101261708
Unofficial Dragonborn Patch - http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=125322852
Items (19)
Better Dynamic Snow
Created by Vortikai
A mod that changes the ugly, pure-white dynamic snow effect to actually use the default snow texture (landscape\snow01.dds). This minor change greatly improves the visual appearance of dynamic snow.

There are about 1070 total objects that Skyrim applie...
Better Embers
Created by Vampaerr
This is a mod to make embers look better, it's something I made along with the textures fix for the chopping blocks/wood fires but never released....
Bigger and Boulder
Created by Vortikai
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...
Birds and Flocks
Created by Kazoomie
Adds dozens and dozens more instances of birds that fly away when startled by the player or another creature.

Also adds many more circling birds of prey along cliffs, tundras, forests and mountains.

Now includes more bats in dungeons.

Deeper Snow (More Snow)
Created by Zappoo
This Mods adds more Snow to Skyrim especially Snow Storms are very Snowy :) Update - Now this Mod comes with WindFX when it Snow´s heavy!

For even more Snow and Wind in this mod you can also check http://skyrim.nexusmods.com/downloads/file.php?id=8328...
Enhanced Distant Terrain
Created by Vortikai
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...
HD Plants + Herbs
Created by Dartanis

I made this for you. Please "Like" it. :)

Some of those color splotches on the ground of skyrim are supposed to be flowers, so I made them look like flowers.

In an ever ongoing effort to make skyrim more beautiful, here are a few hi-resolution (1...
HQ snow texture
Created by Erik1988
I was hoping to get a more crystallized look on the snow and make it feel more cold.
You sould try it out, it looks much better ingame :).

This is the 2048x2048 resulution textures, if you would like 1024x1024 and/or seperart files you can find them o...
Lush Grass
Created by Vortikai
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.

Key Features:
• More lush and de...
Lush Trees
Created by Vortikai
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...
Milky Way Galaxy Texture v1.2
Created by THyRoID
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.

This mod should also work with any othe...
Moss Rocks
Created by Vortikai
From the developer of WATER, Better Dynamic Snow and a bunch of other mods comes a new mossy mod for rocks! Let's rock with Moss Rocks, a mod that basically places moss on certain rocks.

Key Features:
• Moss enabled for certain rocks
• M...
Created by isoku
Nexus Version[skyrim.nexusmods.com]

Version: 1.05
  • Removed unneeded cold region checks.
  • Fixed issue with rainbows appearing after using Wait.


Compatible with all mods. W...
Shooting Stars
Created by isoku
Nexus Version[skyrim.nexusmods.com]

Workshop: Russian

Version: 1.041
  • Stars will now fall in one general direction. This direction
Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM Part 1
Created by Brumbek
SMIM is a massive project to greatly improve the appearance of countless static (mostly) 3D models in Skyrim.

IMPORTANT: Since Steam Workshop limits mods to 100mb, SMIM is now broken into SIX parts. Each part is INDEPENDENT meaning you don't need to us...
Static Mesh Improvement Mod - SMIM Part 2
Created by Brumbek
SMIM is a massive project to greatly improve the appearance of countless static (mostly) 3D models in Skyrim.

IMPORTANT: Since Steam Workshop limits mods to 100mb, SMIM is now broken into SIX parts. Each part is INDEPENDENT meaning you don't need to us...
Vibrant Auroras
Created by Vortikai
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
Created by Vortikai
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...
Wet and Cold
Created by isoku

Version: 1.422

See Nexus[skyrim.nexusmods.com] link for list of changes.

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Hpycmprs Jul 5 @ 9:13pm 
REALLY Great! Highly recommend for anyone who is looking to make Skyrim look absolutely beautiful!
rattlehead05 Jul 1 @ 7:07am 
Awesome pack! Thanks!
Mcp. Mobile Jun 23 @ 12:59am 
Very Good Mod! XD SWAG!
XeroNera Jun 20 @ 12:59pm 
I am planning to get Skyrim just for casual gaming. I've been researching about graphics mod. This seems interesting All-in-One. So thank you so much.
I would like to know, is it a necessary to get 2K HD nexus mod along side with this, or Official HD texture?...Is it better to get them then apply these mods?

Also i think I'm going to be adding Static Mesh Improvement Mod Part 3,4 and 5 and All the Towns&Village Enhancement along side to this list.

Thanks in advance! I'm very new to this.
Seth May 22 @ 3:47pm 
does this work with the official hd texture pack that comes with skyrim?
fatspr1nkle May 10 @ 9:47pm 
if you dont have a gaming pc, the lush grass/trees does, i had to get rid of it cuz it lagged my game at times
TheCryo_Hazard May 9 @ 3:42pm 
@INSANITY TIME, only better embers, possibly distant terrain, lush grass, lush trees, maybe SMIM (Depending on your graphics card/processing power), water&terrain enhace, and wet&cold
INSANITY TIME May 7 @ 11:17am 
any of these give permorance loss?
fourstroke300hpmm Apr 28 @ 3:11pm 
Any conflicts with RCRN?
Luministrus Apr 23 @ 3:00pm 
Anyone know if any of these conflict with Realvision?