CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders mod 1.12.2/1.11.2, which we’ll refer to as just BSL Shaders from here on out, is an advanced shader pack which builds on a few others. As far as GPUs are concerned, it was one of the most compatible shader mods in 2015, though the same can’t be said for 2016. Also, unlike many shader packs which work just fine as standalone mods, BSL Shaders requires Optifine with Shader (found in the + settings menu) to produce the highest quality visuals possible. So, if you don’t already have Optifine installed, you’ll need it to get the most out of this shader pack.
Because BSL Shaders takes some inspiration from Chocapic13’s Shaders, not all of the content here is unique. It’s heavily modded, sure, but credit is still given to the original source materials, without which this mod would have been impossible to make. Colors are bright and come with both a boost and saturation alteration, which gives everything a kind of cel-shaded look. Clouds are still in 2D, and the motion blur effect has been updated to adequately blur textures which find themselves under the new lighting and shadow effects. Things look great throughout, with no noticeable bugs or glitches.
As far as requirements go, the BSL Shaders mod is more demanding than most. If you thought Chocapic13’s Shaders were demanding, you’ll be disappointed to hear that this heavily modded version of that shader pack has higher requirements to go along with its significantly improved visuals. This should just be common sense, but when some shaders can be run using integrated graphics and no GPU at all, it seems like this is an important thing to say. New updates are not exactly forthcoming, which means BSL Shaders do not work with the latest version of Minecraft and probably never will.
Still, if you’re using older mods which have yet to update, then this older shader pack would work very well with your setup. BSL Shaders are compatible with Minecraft 1.11.X and 1.10.X, but not Minecraft 1.12.2, since none of the new models from the combat update have been worked into the mod yet. That puts this pack right on the fence – some players can use it and will love it, while others will just get a mishmash of missing textures and frustration for their efforts. Avoid BSL Shaders if you’re using Minecraft 1.12.2, but keep it in mind for the earlier version of the game.
How to install CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders?
- The first step is to download and install the GLSL Shaders Mod on your Minecraft client!
- Now go to:
- Windows => %appdata%\.minecraft
- Mac OS X => ~/Library/Application Support/minecraft
- Linux => ~/.minecraft
- Search for the “shaderpacks” folder.
- Copy BSL Standard v53.zip in shaderpacks folder.
- Now you can select shader in-game from Options/Shaders!
- That was all!
- NVIDIA – Very compatible.
- AMD – Compatible, might have minor bugs.
- Intel – Partially compatible.