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Adam's PTA Presets

Natural & balanced presets for PTA (Prepar3D Tweak Assistant).

Adam's PTA Presets

DL: 1219

PTA 2.63+ Adam 263_01 • Boeing T-45 N.California - ORBX • Downloads: 1219

PTA presets with natural and balanced palettes that will work for:

  • All times of the day.
  • All P3D seasons*.
  • All sky/cloud textures (regardless of texture-generation application).

* 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.

NEW! 01 January 2019: Preset Adam_263_01 released : for P3Dv4.3/P3Dv4.4. DOWNLOAD

Preset Adam_263_01 works with PTA 2.63 (for P3Dv4.3/P3Dv4.4). If you have P3Dv4.2, then please use either of the two adam_pta261_03 presets.

Tested mainly in REX Skyforce3D, though all presets here should work well with REX4/TD, AS/ASCA and FEX. PTA is available from

Latest preset: Adam_263_01  for PTA 2.63

Adam's PTA Presets

DL: 1219

PTA 2.63+ Adam 263_01 • B-26 - ORBX/NZNI • Downloads: 1219

Old presets (click for full details & screenshots):
Adam_262_01 | Adam_261_03 | Adam_26_02 | Adam_26_01 | Adam_25_04 | Adam_25_03 | Adam_25_02 | Adam_25_01
Tweaking Tips | Benchmarking Scenarios

Sky/cloud Textures

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.

Preset Installation

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.

  1. Download the preset zip archive and extract it to somewhere convenient.
  2. Copy the *.ini file into your PTA folder.
  3. Start PTA: navigate to and open the new preset.
  4. Click on "Apply Preset". This will apply the preset and clear your shaders cache.
  5. Launch P3D - and check that your HDR settings are set to the recommended values for the new preset.

It may take a while for the textures/shaders to rebuild the first time you run P3D after a preset change - this is normal.

LINKS Matt's PTA site.
Avsim : PTA Forums PTA & Realism Shaderpack (*general discussion*).
Avsim : PTA Presets Showcase Discussion of the tweaks listed here plus other users' contributions.
Avsim : Testing Scenarios Benchmarking images and posts

Benchmark Scenarios

I'm aiming to create some P3D scenarios that users will be able to use for screenshot comparisons. Each scenario archive will have:

  1. The required PTA preset.
  2. The saved P3D scenario (for a default P3D aircraft).
  3. A sample screenshot from that scenario on my system.

Ideally, these archives should also include freeware textures (for sky, clouds and water). Finding common terrain is also a problem.

Discussion (and uploaded tests) are on Avsim: 503705-generic-pta-testing-scenario-suggestions-please

Creating a benchmark screenshot

P3D setup:

  1. In order to create a suitable screenshot for comparison, you'll need to set the P3D filetype to TIFF format (TIFF files are uncompressed and much smaller than BMP). Go to P3D Options/Settings/General/Screenshot Format : TIFF.
  2. For the purposes of the test, set all P3D detail and shadow options to those as in the file
  3. My most recent settings (for P3Dv4.1) are here:


  1. Start P3D and load the scenario. It should start with both SLEW and PAUSE set.
  2. If the sim has run unpaused for any reason, then pause it, go into slew mode and RESET the scenario from the top menu (Scenario/Reset).
  3. Go to the front/cockpit view and hide the VC (SHFT-1).
  4. Check that it's default zoom (100%) - press "Backspace".
  5. Use the "V" key to save the file. Do NOT use screenshot utilities.
  6. Keep the original TIFF file for reference, but create a COPY resized to 1280px 72dpi and saved as JPG at around 75/80% quality (minimum).
  7. Upload the 1280px copy to your usual images hoster.
  8. Post the image (along with GPU and driver details) on Avsim: 503705-generic-pta-testing-scenario-suggestions-please.

Benchmark Scenario 01

Greens 1600.  DOWNLOAD

Benchmark Scenario 01

Benchmark Scenario 01 : Greens

  1. No textures sky/cloud/water textures included.
  2. Uses the REX/Texture Direct sky set - Dawn: 22 Chill | Day: 14 Fair | Dusk 03 Dust.
  3. Clear weather (no cloud textures needed).
  4. Over land (no water textures needed).
  5. Requires ORBX FTX NZNI.

Benchmark Scenario 02

Autogen test (near Nelson, NZNS) 0700.  DOWNLOAD

Benchmark Scenario 02

Benchmark Scenario 02 : Autogen

  1. No textures sky/cloud/water textures included.
  2. Uses the REX/Texture Direct sky set - Dawn: 22 Chill | Day: 14 Fair | Dusk 03 Dust.
  3. Clear weather (no cloud textures needed).
  4. Over land (no water textures needed).
  5. Requires ORBX FTX NZSI.

Adam_PTA_263_01 : for P3Dv4.4/P3Dv4.3/PTA 2.63 CURRENT/LATEST DOWNLOAD

263_01 is a minor update of 262_01 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 aircraft (JustFlight/Aerosoft/Octopus An-2). If you see parts of the external model incorrectly lit, disable the two aircraft/VC lighting options (all other values are OK).

P3D HDR settings:Brightness: 1.07 | Bloom: 0.00 | Saturation: 0.85

DL: 1219

 • 01 • Beaufighter near Queenstown - ORBX/NZSI • Downloads: 1219

Customising presets: quick tips

All systems are different, so if you feel you need to make further adjustments, here are some places to look:

  • Too blue overall? Enable the Scene tone adjustment post-processing filter then adjust the blue value - OR - lower the blue value (balanceZ) in Vibrance.
  • Water too blue? Tweak the Water Saturation value (to around 0.78 or below). Turning down the blue in the Haze effect and Rayleigh filters may also help.
  • Water: repeating textures? These will depend on the current water textures in use. Try experimenting with the two Waves size parameters.
  • Too dark in fully overcast conditions? Temporarily raise the HDR Brightness value (in P3D) or (in PTA) slightly raise the values of Objects lighting/Ambient sunlight ratio and Terrain lighting/Ambient sunlight ratio.

Preset filenames indicate the main PTA version (XX) and preset number (YY), in the form 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.


PTA2.63+P3Dv4.3 or P3Dv4.4

Created: 01 Jan 2019.


Created: 06 July 2018

PTA2.60+P3Dv4.1 or PTA2.61+P3Dv4.2

Created: 27 May 2018

PTA2.60+P3Dv4.1 or PTA2.61+P3Dv4.2

Created: 18 Jan 2018


Created: 15 Oct 2017


Created: 29 Aug 2017


Created: 20 Jul 2017


Created: 27 Jun 2017


Created: 17 Jun 2017


Created: 22 Mar 2017


Created: 05 Feb 2017

PTA Generic Test Scenario 02

NZNS 0700 clear weather

PTA Generic Test Scenario 01

NZNI 1600 clear weather

P3Dv4.2 Settings - June 2018

A complete list of my system specs, NVI and P3Dv4.2 settings - with screenshots.

P3dv41 Settings: Adam

My P3Dv4.1, nVidiaCP and NVI settings.

P3D Settings for PTA Benchmarking

Set these options in P3D

Adam TS 27_01 (Tomato-Shade)

For P3Dv4.4. 30 Dec 2018.

Adam TS 26_01 (Tomato-Shade)

For P3Dv4.3. 23 Nov 2018.