CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders 1.17.1 / 1.16.5, 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 2021. 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.
BSL Shaders — Features
- Realtime shadows
- Volumetric light
- Ambient occlusion
- Customizable clouds and water
- Built-in anti-aliasing
- Depth of field
- Motion blur
- Normal mapping
- World curvature
- Minecraft Java Edition 1.7.10 or above.
- Optifine (Latest version recommended).
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX750 or anything similar or even better.
CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders — Update Logs
- Added sky customization.
- Added powder snow fog.
- Re-added labPBR subsurface and porosity.
- Added rough specular highlight, self shadow quality, normal dampening, and up-facing plants options.
- Block ID mapping for 1.17.
- Removed TAA exclusive shadow filtering.
- Removed rain reflection modes.
- Fixed beacon beam on 1.15 and above.
- Fixed TAA error on certain GPUs. (Thanks EminGT)
- Fixed black line bug and missing rain on 1.7.10.
- Fixed parallax breaking sign text on 1.12 and hopefully below.
This is not the full changelogs, check all fixed, added & changes on the official website from below.
- Improved cold biome detection.
- Minor sky tweak.
- Fixed some conflicts with certain settings.
- Added pixel-locked shadow and water normal, 16x to 128x available.
- Added colored outline and 1.12 update art outline.
- Added vanilla nether color option.
- Added flat vanilla water mode for 1.13+.
- Added sky ground option.
- Added specular occlusion for advanced materials.
- Vanilla clouds can be toggled through shader options.
- Aurora color can be configured now.
- Added void sky.
- Added minimum light color option.
- Added very low shadowmap quality.
- Added spectral glowing, team color not supported.
- Removed fog and weather option.
- Emissive brightness and soft particle option are hidden.
- Removed 1.14 update art style (promo) outline.
- Overhauled cloud, sky*, and water.
- Specular highlight now shows on low smoothness and is enabled by default, everything is shiny.
- Improved ambient occlusion with depth-aware filtering.
You can see all changes / improvements here.
CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders — Screenshots & Video
CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders — Comparison
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CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders — Installation Guide
- The first step is to download and install the GLSL Shaders Mod (1.6.x – 1.11.x) or Optifine HD (1.8.x – 1.17.x) 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_v8.0.01.zip in the 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.
CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders Recommended Video Settings:
- Graphics: Fancy
- Render Distance: 8 or above
- Smooth Lighting: Maximum
- Smooth Lighting Level: 100%
- Dynamic Lights: Fast / Fancy
- Sky: On
CaptTatsu’s BSL Shaders — Download Links
Something You Should Know
- We do not download and upload any shaders / mods on our server.
- We use only links from the official developer, they are 100% safe.
- We do not modify or edit the files in any way.