How to Install ReShade on The Sims 4

This tutorial is for ReShade 3.2.2 released on April 22nd 2018.

1. Go to https://reshade.me/ and download ReShade

2. Open the installer (Right click on the installer and Run it as administrator)

3. Click on “Select game” and find your game.
Usually: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 4\Game\Bin
and choose the .exe file (depending on which version game you have choose 32 or 64bit)

4. Select “Direct3D 9” and if it asks “Do you wish to download a collection of standard effects from their Github, click YES (otherwise other peoples presets may not work properly for you).



5. Select everything and hit OK

6. ReShade installation part is over and you can close the installer.

7. Now we need some presets.
You can find my personal favorite presets HERE.

8. For presentation purposes let’s download this preset by whiisker.

9. UnZip the file. Move the preset (.ini) in to the Bin folder.
Usually: C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 4\Game\Bin


10. Open The Sims 4 game. (The game may be slower and even freeze but this too shall pass 😏 so don’t worry about that)

11. To open ReShade in game hit Shift + F2. Follow and Read the tutorial carefully.

12.  Enable “Performance Mode” in Settings tab. Use the Configuration mode only when you want to change settings.

13. To enable the downloaded preset go to Home and choose the preset you downloaded. In this case “Whiisker_Prismatic_TS4_Preset”


14. Take screenshots using “Print Screen”(Not C).

You can set a different destination folder for your screenshots.
By default it’s  C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 4\Game\Bin

And we’re done!

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  1. Pingback: My favorite ReShade presets for The Sims 4 – Katverse

  2. I’ve been trying to get this exact preset to work–I’m glad I found this tutorial, Hopefully it works for me.

  3. Hi i’m not sure if you’ll respond but i’m having trouble with installation. When i finish downloading and open my game the pop up doesnt show on the top of the screen that the reshade is installing. i’ve tried taking it off my computer and installing it two times and still no pop up when i start up the sims. any suggestions? thank you.

  4. hello im not sure if i’ll get a response but i’m having some problems with installation. i put all the files in the correct places but when i go to start up the game the pop up at the top of the start up screen doesn’t show up saying reshade is loading. i’ve uninstalled it and reinstalled twice, still no pop up. any suggestions? thanks.

    • Hello Tatiana! To be honest I don’t know why it won’t load for you.. I know some other have had the same problem but I would try to ask it from the Reshade forum. I’m sure you’ll find a better answer there: https://reshade.me/forum

  5. i’ve noticed a ton of people having the same issue that F2 + shift wasn’t opening ReShade in game I found that it was somehow bound to open with the “home” button 🙂 hopefully this helps for others!

  6. So for anyone having trouble with the shift + f2 issue. If you have a newer reshade like me the keybind got changed to the Home button (or aka pos1 on older keyboards). I was having the same issue of the menu not coming up and did some digging on the website and found out the keybind was changed in the newest version.

  7. I want to install reshade because I dislike the coloring of my game. I have it downloaded but each time I try to install it, I can’t find the game/bin folders for sims 4. I don’t know what I’m doing wrong? I’m on a windows 10 with sims 4 bought from origin.