Photon Shaders 1.19.4 → 1.16

✅ Minecraft versions: 1.19.4, 1.19.3 - 1.19, 1.18.2 - 1.18, 1.17.1 - 1.17, 1.16.5 - 1.16

✅ Author: SixthSurge

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Photon Shaders is a project by SixthSurge. Even though it is not a ray tracing shader, and it’s free, Photon Shaders introduces stunning visuals to the game. The cloud shading in this shader is what makes it unique.

Sunrise in Minecraft with Photon Shaders
Clouds are dynamic and change color and shape depending on the weather and the time. It is especially noticeable during sunset. If you fly a little higher, you’ll witness a glorious view of the clouds.

High-quality and realistic

Photon Shaders 1.19.4 provide clear, transparent blue water that reflects sunlight. The water surface changes with every movement fish make and reflect the sky. The shadow quality looks so realistic that you would feel like you’re walking through the foliage in real life.

Minecraft village with Iron Golem with Photon Shaders
Each type of block is shaded so subtly that you can notice an upgrade in quality even though you’re just playing vanilla Minecraft and not adding any textures. This high-end shader is perfect for those who want to run shaders but does not want to consume too much of their PC resources by running both textures and shaders together.

Cloud-focused aesthetics

In this shader, the god rays look majestic during sunrises and sunsets. In other shaders, you’ll notice how they lack variety in clouds. Either they only have cirrus or cumulus formations. With these shaders, almost every cloud type is present, giving sunrises and sunsets a more realistic vibe. It is rare to find the sun or the moon alone. You would usually see them partly covered with clouds. You can soar above the clouds in creative mode and take out-of-the-world screenshots. They would look as if you took pictures from an aircraft in real life.

Overall, Photon Shaders is a no-fluff, clouds aesthetics-focused shader. It’s a shader perfect for those who want to play vanilla Minecraft on another level or those who want to take beautiful sunrise and sunset images.

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Download Photon Shaders for Minecraft 1.19.4

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Shaderpacks require Optifine or Iris Shaders to work. Optifine is a mod that allows you to load and use shaders in Minecraft. If you don’t know how to install Optifine and Shaders, use the tutorial below. Iris Shaders is not compatible with Photon Shaders as of writing this review.

Optifine Installation

  • First, you need to download Optifine.
  • Once it has finished downloading, you open the file and install Optifine.
  • Now select the Optifine profile in the Minecraft Launcher and click play.
  • If you want to add shaderpacks, navigate to the game menu, go to “Video Settings”, click “Shaders”, open Shaders folder and drag the shaders to this folder.

If you need more help installing Optifine or Iris Shaders, use these tutorials.
How To Install Optifine
How To Install Iris Shaders

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