Patch 0.12.5 for Escape From Tarkov brought PostFX settings into the game. It’s a new tab in the options menu that allows you to finely tune post processing effects applied to the game’s visuals. It makes the game prettier, but also can give you an advantage by affecting PvP visibility. If you’re wondering how to get that edge in a life or death situation, this guide will show you the best PostFX settings for PvP visibility in Tarkov.
First of all, let’s break down what each of the sliders and options does:
- Brightness – This one basically determines the balance between black and white. Put it too high, and white will be searing while black will be gray. Put it too low and black will turn pitch dark, while white will be dimmed significantly.
- Saturation – This one determines the strenght of colors. The higher it is, the more vibrant they’ll all be. If pulled all the way down, everything will kind of blend together in a familiar Call of Duty tone.
- Clarity – This one seems to add highlights to objects, making them more distinct against the background.
- Colorfulness – As far as I can see, this one does the same thing as saturation.
- Luma Sharpen – This one gives increases the strength of the lightning without washing out the colors too much.
- Adaptive Sharpen – Sharpens the textures, kind of like the effect you get when you take painkillers in the game.
- Color Grading – Applies various filters to the entire image. Extensive testing will show whether any of these provides any advantage.
- Colorblind mode – Each of these makes the game easier to read for people with particular types of color blindness. As far as advantage to others, the same applies as above.
Best PostFX settings
With that out of the way, here are the settings we recommend. They presume you’re not using any color grading filter or colorblind mode.
- Brightness – 20 on daytime maps, as high as you can handle on night maps
- Saturation – Between 15 and 25
- Clarity – Around 50
- Colorfulness – Around 30
- Luma Sharpen – Between 40 and 50
- Adaptive Sharpen – Between 30 and 40
If course, there’s no one true solution here. It’s all individual and depends on your eyesight, so we recommend you experiment with the settings and find the ones that you like the most.
Nvidia game filter settings
Nvidia game filters are working with Tarkov again, and they might be a better choice than the newly-added PostFX settings. We find that the Gamma slider in Nvidia’s filters helps more than PostFX’ brightness. If you’re going to stick with that, here’s what we recommend (based on Worrun’s setup):
- Tint Color – 0%
- Tint Intensity – 0%
- Temperature – 0
- Vibrance – 70
- Sharpen – 70%
- Ignore Film Grain – 15%
- Exposure – 0%
- Contrast – 6%
- Highlights – 21%
- Shadows – 46%
- Gamma – As high as you like