Minecraft is incredibly well known for its design language. It shares the same pixelated look that many games with indie roots tend to have, though the blocky world is something that almost no other game, indie or otherwise, has attempted to use.
However, after spending dozens of hours in a single survival world, this iconic look can get pretty stale. Fortunately, the community has a solution for this.
There are shaders that the community has created that completely change and overhaul the way the game processes things like shadows, lighting, ripples, water, and much more. One of the best known is Sildur’s Vibrant shaders, whose installation process is detailed below.
How to install any of the Sildur shaders for Minecraft 1.19
1) Optifine or Iris
The first thing players will need to do is decide which of the two main shader bases they would like to use. There is the combination of Forge and Optifine, or Fabric and Iris.
Forge and Fabric are the two bases that mods use to work, while Optifine and Iris are the mods that allow shaders to make the changes they do.
2) Download the preferred mod combo
Once players have decided which of the mod combinations they would like to use, they will need to download and install them.
Players can download Forge from the official Forge website. After navigating to the download section, version 1.19 should be at the top of the list.
Once the Forge installer is downloaded, players should run it, select install as the client version, and let the installer do its thing.
After downloading Forge, players will want to navigate to the Optifine website.
Much like the Forge website, the download section of the Optifine website should display version 1.19 by default, as this is the most up-to-date version of the mod at the time of writing.
As with Forge, this will download an installer that players can run to automatically install Forge on their Minecraft installation.
Alternatively, players can use Fabric and Iris. Players need to navigate to the Fabric website and then navigate to the download section. There is only one installer for Fabric, which includes all available versions.
Players need to download the installer, run it, and install Fabric for the version of Minecraft they want, 1.19 for this example.
Once this is done, players need to navigate to the download section of the Iris website.
This will also contain an installer available for download, which will automatically install both Iris and Sodium, allowing the use of shaders and Minecraft optimization.
3) Download Sildur Vibrant Shaders
Once the player has downloaded and installed their preferred combination of mods, they will need to decide which version of Sildur they wish to use. There are a large number of different versions of the shader for different power rigs, as well as for different preferences.
Sildur Vibrant Lite
This version of the shader is the best version for gamers on low power systems. This will have the fewest changes in terms of shadows, lighting, and visual effects.
Sildur’s Vibrant Medium
This version of the shader will be the best combination of the high-end and low-end versions. Players using this version will have better visuals than the low version, but will also not have the same level of performance as the higher versions.
Sildur’s Vibrant High
This is the version of the shader that most people are likely to use. It features the best combination of enhanced visuals and performance while being able to be used by most gamers on most systems.
Sildur High Vibrant Motion Blur
This is a variant of the tall shader that features more motion blur, which will depend entirely on player preference. Some players may experience motion sickness due to increased motion blur.
Sildur Vibrating End
This is the highest end base form of the shader, featuring the biggest improvements to Minecraft visuals. However, this will come at a performance cost, meaning this shader will be out of reach for gamers on low-end systems.
Sildur Vibrant Extreme Volumetric Lighting
This is going to be the most demanding version of the shader. It features all the extreme changes of the extreme version of the shader, with additional volumetric lighting changes to take things to the next level.
4) Downloading and installing the selected shader
Once players have decided which version of the shader will work best for their system, they will need to use the download link on the website for that version. This will download the zip file for the shader.
Players will need to navigate to their Minecraft installation before entering the “shaderpack” folder. This folder contains all the shader zip files. Players should place the Sildur shader zip file in this folder and then launch Minecraft.
Once in Minecraft, players can navigate to the settings menu and then to the video settings. There should be an option to view a list of installed shaders, from which players can select the Sildur shader and apply the shader.