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Escape From Tarkov Best PostFX Settings For Visibility
In this guide to to the Tarkov best PostFX settings for visibility I explore several recommended presets that players can employ for their specific needs and computer hardware and combine it with my own experience. In addition to these presets I attempt to explain what each of the different settings in this Tarkov feature do so that players can improve their knowledge and develop their own preset based on personal tastes. Generally a Tarkov players goals with PostFX is to boost the ability to see in darker areas of the game while also adding some much needed differentiation between game objects that overall should help you identify PMC or other threats faster.
With thousands of Escape From Tarkov game hours and several computers during that time I’ve used a number of different PostFX settings during my raids and have developed several of my favourites that are featured on this page. I strongly recommend that players use this guide to the best PostFX settings as a base only as there are many variables that go into designing the perfect settings for you and players should adjust accordingly. This includes your own computer hardware, if players opt to use other visual tools (like Nvidia colour settings), the maps that you regularly raid in Escape From Tarkov and a touch of personal preferences to certain visual designs. With this in mind the optimal method to find the best PostFX settings for visibility or FPS will be to enter an offline raid and use the PostFX visualise option on your favourite map in different areas.
Tarkov PostFX Overview
PostFX was added to Escape From Tarkov in April 2020 with patch 0.12.5.6924 to address ongoing feedback from the community on the in game lighting and other visual elements that were often described as bland or washed out. With the addition of this useful setting tool players were able to take control of their experience to customise the visual design of Tarkov to their own tastes which resulted in a vast number of PostFX recommendations from the community.
PostFX is activated through the Tarkov settings screen and is available inside and outside of raid although inside of raid provides a visualise option for players to test the results in real time. While PostFX can have an impact on your FPS it is unlikely have a material impact for most players but if your FPS is already on the lower side it can be something to pay attention to as you apply these best PostFX setting options by showing your FPS counter when applying these changes.
PostFX provides players the following options with the impact of each described below. While I am not a visual expert I’ve done my best to describe the impact each has:
- Brightness: Improves the game brightness level from light sources – While it can be tempting to crank this to maximum as players think it may help them see in darker areas this has the most notable effect on sources of light rather than offering a boost to general brightness level. This means objects like the sun or enemy flashlights glow even brighter than before and as a result is actually not the sole solution to brightness we are looking for when playing Tarkov.
- Saturation: Saturates the various objects with a great range of colours – This is one of the primary settings when combined with Colourfulness below that helps to bring out a large number of colours into your Escape From Tarkov experience with the environment starting to have the strong greens of trees and the reds of buildings. It also appears to improve brightness as an indirect result to the addition of more colour when activated to me personally.
- Clarity: Adds additional clarity to objects – Provides a small boost to in game clarity that has a small impact on how clear objects appear but in practice I find this adds additional unwanted shadows to some objects though.
- Colourfulness: Adds a wider range of colours into the game – By injecting more colours into the Tarkov world players can then activate the saturation option above to ensure it is saturated across objects. Like saturation I find that this improves the sense of brightness as a result.
- Luma Sharpen: Adds a combination of brightness and sharpness – With this higher players will find another source of brightness with the most notable impact on the foliage that provides a brightened look across the entire map from the ground up.
- Adaptive Sharpen: Provides a source of sharpen to objects – Less notable than the other sharpen options available in the game I treat this as final tweak to sharpness but is significantly less noticeable.
- Colour Grading & Intensity: Provides several preset colour gradings – These presets have a noticeable impact on colours within the game by adding entirely new tones or colour focuses.
- Colourblind mode & Intensity: Provides colourblind functionality with several presets – Designed to improve accessibility for colourblind players this is something that other players can also utilise to get a preferred colour palette at low intensity levels.
Tarkov PostFX Recommendations
The below section includes three different recommendations to help players find the best PostFX settings for themselves. The first includes the ranges that I recommend players experiment with for those that want to tailor something to their preferences and two specific options that players can replicate if they want something they can just apply that I have recently used from two Tarkov YouTubers (2Lew and Xanadu) that you should support with a like and subscribe if you find their videos useful.
Tarkov PostFX Recommendation Ranges
The below are my recommended ranges that players should consider when setting their PostFX settings and gives you a ballpark to work with based on your own preferences or hardware for those that want to experiment to create something personalised:
- Brightness: 0 – 50
- Saturation: 0 – 100
- Clarity: 0 – 20
- Colourfulness: 30 – 60
- Luma Sharpen: 50 – 100
- Adaptive Sharpen: 0 – 50
- Colour Grading & Intensity: Player preference (Montreal is a good default)
- Colourblind mode & Intensity: Player preference
Tarkov PostFX (2Lew Settings)
- Brightness: 0
- Saturation: 100
- Clarity: 0
- Colourfulness: 100
- Luma Sharpen: 100
- Adaptive Sharpen: 0
- Colour Grading & Intensity: Montreal (100)
- Colourblind mode & Intensity: Tritanopia (5)
Tarkov PostFX (Xanadu Settings)
- Brightness: 0
- Saturation: 71
- Clarity: 75
- Colourfulness: 88
- Luma Sharpen: 80
- Adaptive Sharpen: 10
- Colour Grading & Intensity: Emilia (100)
- Colourblind mode & Intensity: Tritanopia (0)