Adam's PTA Presets
Natural & balanced presets for PTA (Prepar3D Tweak Assistant).
PTA presets with natural and balanced palettes that will work for:
* Using different presets to match the palettes for each P3D season would require frequent sim restarts and rebuilds of the shaders cache - especially if you jump from one hemisphere to another in the same session. Using a single year-round preset is much more practical.
These presets require HDR mode in P3D to be enabled: make sure you set the correct values for each preset. Though HDR values can be tweaked "live" in P3D (to suit user preferences or weather conditions), bear in mind that even small changes in settings can have a significant impact on the final output.
If you find you need to make more drastic (or permanent) adjustments to the preset, see Customising below.
NEWS: 27 May 2018: preset Adam_261_03 NEW!
Tested mainly in REX Skyforce3D, though all presets here should work well with REX4/TD, AS/ASCA and FEX. PTA is available from www.simtweaks.com.
Sky textures have a HUGE impact on the overall palette in P3D (on sky, terrain and even aircraft) so, if you are using live weather + texture generation (AS or ASN etc.), you may occasionally get some unpredictable results. For this reason, I prefer a fixed day texture set for the full 10-day cycle. I use OPUS Live Weather to vary the weather system only (ie. cloud coverage, visibility etc. - no changes to textures), giving me plenty of variation without disturbing the overall colour balance.
This presumes you already have a fully working version of PTA on your system. If starting totally from scratch, please check out Matt's site (and the Avsim forums) for fresh install instructions.
It may take a while for the textures/shaders to rebuild the first time you run P3D after a preset change - this is normal.
Adam_PTA_25_03 : for P3Dv4/PTA 2.5 only
P3Dv4 HDR settings: Brightness: 0.71 | Bloom: 0 | Saturation: 0.87. DOWNLOAD
Changes from Adam_PTA_25_02:
25_03 has some blue removed from various settings and softer cloud shadows so that the landscape isn't overly dark in cloudy/overcast conditions. I kept reducing bloom (an effect I've always had reservations about) until it was almost zero. In the end, I turned it right off!
Adam_PTA_261_03 : for P3Dv4.1/PTA 2.60 or P3Dv4.2/PTA 2.61 CURRENT/LATEST DOWNLOAD
261_03 is a minor update to 26_02 and was tested mainly with REX Skyforce3D (more details in the readme file in the archive).
PTA aircraft lighting and/or VC tweaks can display MDL problems with a few JustFlight aircraft (and also the Aerosoft/Octopus An-2). So ... 261_03 comes with two variations: with or without aircraft lighting enabled.
P3D HDR settings (with a/c lighting):Brightness: 0.82 | Bloom: 0.15 | Saturation: 0.81
Customising presets: quick tips
All systems are different, so if you feel you need to make further adjustments, here are some places to look:
Preset filenames indicate the main PTA version (XX) and preset number (YY), in the form Adam_PTA_XX_YY.zip. Don't use presets for different or non-matching *main* PTA versions, as parameters may have been added, renamed or even removed. Using presets for different PTA *sub* versions (eg. PTA 2.10, PTA 2.11) is fine.