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

1. Go to and download ReShade

older versions: click

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!

Author Katverse
Categories Tutorial

Comments (81)

    • mALIKA
      January 10, 2020 at 00:01 Reply
      Heyy thanks it work in my game in 2020 thanks again simmer friend:))
      • Katelyn
        April 3, 2020 at 01:22 Reply
        Hey, thanks so much for the tutorial! I’m just having one small problem. Everything reshade related is working smoothly but now when I enter tab mode or try to position my camera in different angles, the mouse sensitivity is all over the place. Now I don’t see and mouse sensitivity settings anywhere in game. Is there something I can do to fix this?
        • Katverse
          April 3, 2020 at 21:17 Reply
          Hello! :) Some other people have had the same issue, including myself. Go into Origin > Application settings > Origin in-game > then switch off origin in-game. This worked for me.
        • Dono
          August 18, 2020 at 17:52 Reply
          Halo, my game can't play after download reshade. Can u help me
          • Sonya
            May 11, 2021 at 03:31
            Same and i don t know what to do did you fix it and if so what did you do?
    • Maria
      April 12, 2020 at 14:58 Reply
      Hey! I am having a problem. I do not have Program files x86. I have Windows 7. Know how to help?
      • Jared
        August 11, 2021 at 00:24 Reply
        C:\Program Files (x86)\ should be in your C drive, if it is not, you have more problems to worry about than just how to install reshade.
        • Jared
          August 11, 2021 at 00:30 Reply
          Although it just now occurs to me, Windows 7 has both 32bit and 64 bit Operating Systems, if you don't have program files x86 try looking for it in program files. if its in program files, I believe you have the 32 bit version of 7.
          • Jared Edwards
            August 11, 2021 at 00:36
            Unless the folder is for some reason hidden, If so go to start>control panel>Appereance and Personalization. Select Folder options then select the view tab, then under Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders and hit ok
    • David-Aster Cousins
      August 8, 2020 at 19:27 Reply
      I didnt work for some reason? when I went in game and clicked shift F2 nothing happend?
      • Katverse
        August 9, 2020 at 11:07 Reply
        Hey! Try pressing on the Home button. Different versions have different buttons for that. :)
        • Losee
          December 23, 2020 at 10:05 Reply
          Where is the home button? I can’t seem to find it.
          • Katverse
            December 23, 2020 at 13:50
            It's on your keyboard. Usually above the arrow buttons :)
    • Anonymous :)
      August 16, 2020 at 07:18 Reply
      Can someone please help?, when I chose Direct3d 9 it says fail to install even though I had done all of the previous steps properly
      • Faith Finnerty
        December 1, 2020 at 00:28 Reply
        In my game, it says that the ReShade was installed successfully and then it says to press 'home' and after I pressed the 'home' button, it still wouldn't work
    • Destiny Onfoy
      August 17, 2020 at 00:39 Reply
      Your reshade tutorial is awesome! I just have one question when I screenshot it shows the UI on the picture it’s not just a regular screenshot! Any tips thank you.
      • Katverse
        August 17, 2020 at 09:30 Reply
        Thank you! 💛 It's basically like a Print Screen when you take a screenshot using ReShade, so, you need to take a screenshot in Tab mode if you don't want the UI. 😊
    • Simmpossible
      September 21, 2020 at 20:31 Reply
      I dl the reshade and the milkhoney preset but it made my mouse act crazy and the UI interface is extremely blurry. Is that supposed to happen?
    • sophia
      November 29, 2020 at 10:04 Reply
      the preset wont show up in the menu
    • May
      December 24, 2020 at 21:34 Reply
      How do I update the reshade?
    • Magali Fournier
      January 12, 2021 at 04:38 Reply
      Hello, this is the way to access to home :
    • Sophia Evelyn
      May 2, 2021 at 07:52 Reply
      So umm, this is a bit embarrassing but I can't find the bin! Can you pretty please help me!!!
      • Katverse
        May 2, 2021 at 09:17 Reply
        It's not in C:\Program Files (x86)\Origin Games\The Sims 4\Game\ ?
        • montaha
          June 21, 2021 at 13:57 Reply
          im having the same problem, im not finding it at all
    • Heaven
      September 3, 2021 at 04:21 Reply
      I dont know if this is happening to anyone else but when i press run as administrator nothings showing up please help..
    • sofia
      December 21, 2021 at 16:24 Reply
      I have a problem, when I go home, when I put my reshade, nothing appears or settings
    • ThePixelSpace
      March 8, 2022 at 05:02 Reply
      Hi, I followed all of the steps but my lots have this huge dark shadow that I cannot get rid off. I tried playing around with the settings, I re-installed the reshade, I turned off qUINT MXAO, but nothing seems to work. For reference, I have reshade 5.0.2. Thanks!
  • Jadia Walker
    July 4, 2018 at 22:36 Reply
    So if you put the preset in the bin wouldn't that mean you are deleting it?
    • kay
      May 21, 2021 at 22:43 Reply
      not the trash bin the sims 4 bin. to get to there u can right click on the application and select open file location should send u to the bin.
  • Jadia Walker
    July 7, 2018 at 01:08 Reply
    Hey, me again. What do you do if reshade isn't opening with the keys set?
    • help me pls
      September 17, 2020 at 21:43 Reply
      I installed this program, pressed shift +f2 and was able to select a .ini file but literally nothing changes. What do I do?
      • Katverse
        September 18, 2020 at 09:37 Reply
        Close the game, put some preset files into the Bin file. Then Open your game again and it should work. :)
  • Olivia
    August 20, 2018 at 02:36 Reply
    It keeps saying "Unable to download archive" what do I do?
  • kgreen
    August 30, 2018 at 20:43 Reply
    I've been trying to get this exact preset to work--I'm glad I found this tutorial, Hopefully it works for me.
  • andrew
    August 31, 2018 at 22:52 Reply
    i have a windows and the shift+f2 command doesnt work... any tips?
    • Katverse
      September 2, 2018 at 09:05 Reply
      Did you see ReShade banner while the game was starting up? If not then ReShade was not loaded.
      • Keke
        September 11, 2018 at 05:35 Reply
        I'm having the same problem. Everything is downloaded and installed correctly, but when I press shift and F2, it's not working. Does having windows 10 have an effect on this?
        • Katverse
          September 11, 2018 at 08:58 Reply
          I've seen a lot of people having this issue. And all mighty google says: *try closing all apps, most importantly the ones with overlay *playing in windows fullscreen *you can change the hot key in the ini file ...and that's pretty much it. I couldn't find much info about this problem. Maybe you'll find some help from the Reshade forum:
        • Anonymous
          July 20, 2019 at 04:26 Reply
          Hmm.. I have windows 10 and my start up key is the HOME key above the number pad.
      • Malika Tillman
        January 10, 2020 at 01:23 Reply
        iT'S WORKS 2020!!!!!
  • Tatiana
    September 29, 2018 at 08:19 Reply
    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.
  • Tatiana
    September 29, 2018 at 08:26 Reply
    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.
    • Katverse
      September 30, 2018 at 12:59 Reply
      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:
  • victoria
    November 27, 2018 at 00:33 Reply
    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!
    • Jim
      April 6, 2019 at 23:51 Reply
      Thank you victoria that helped me out greatly!
    • Makaela
      July 19, 2020 at 07:16 Reply
      What do you mean? Is there a button you press along with the home button?
  • Kiyeri
    November 28, 2018 at 07:18 Reply
    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.
  • Kae
    December 14, 2018 at 05:32 Reply
    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.
    • Katverse
      December 14, 2018 at 09:33 Reply
      Mine is located here: E:\Games\Origin\The Sims 4\Game\Bin maybe yours is in a similar path?
      • stella
        September 15, 2020 at 20:37 Reply
        I have the same problem
  • Karina
    February 3, 2019 at 22:19 Reply
    Thanks so much for this tutorial! It is sooo helpful. I followed the download instructions, but I get an error log message when I start my game that says some shaders didn’t load properly. Anyone have any ideas what that means? I’m brand new to reshade.
  • randomperson
    December 25, 2019 at 01:30 Reply
    okay ive been trying this with the tutorial but for some reason it wont work
  • Malika Tillman
    January 10, 2020 at 02:25 Reply
    Thanks soo helpful and it works !!!
  • Neptune017
    February 14, 2020 at 22:26 Reply
    People say if F2 doesnt work I should try Home button, but Home button only sets full walls for me so still no success.
    • mataya
      August 6, 2022 at 08:59 Reply
      same here!!
  • Karen
    March 19, 2020 at 22:38 Reply
    Hello, I recently downloaded reshade and followed your instructions and it installs fine and I see the effects on my screen, I can't click in my game. Did I miss something? Thanks, Karen
    • Katverse
      March 20, 2020 at 09:05 Reply
      When the Reshade menu is open you can't click on the game. When you close the Reshade menu, it should work fine. Or what do you mean exactly? :)
  • antoin
    April 27, 2020 at 20:57 Reply
    the link for the preset isnt working for me it says the page no longer exists. what do i do?
    • Katverse
      April 28, 2020 at 10:26 Reply
      I updated the link. 😊
  • TC
    May 17, 2020 at 21:57 Reply
    Had a crazy issue when I installed ReShade and then used Simemi's presets. All went as expected until I got in game and the mouse turnig speed got turned up to 11. Like any attempt to rotate the camera makes the room spin like you just polished off a bottle of Jack Daniels. It's uncontrollably fast. is there an adjustment that needs to be made? Do you think there is a setting I can adjust? Is it just a problem with the creator's preset and I have to find others? I'm reluctant to continue installing presets lol.
    • Katverse
      May 18, 2020 at 10:52 Reply
      Hello! 😊 A recent Windows 10 update is causing this problem. Turn off Origin in-game overlay and see if that solves it.
  • kai
    May 21, 2020 at 16:16 Reply
    i can only download 4.6.1, is there a way to download older versions? i tried looking on the website but i couldnt find any (unless im really just that blind), and if i cant then could you help me with working 4.6.1?
    • Katverse
      May 22, 2020 at 09:45 Reply
      Hello! Here you'll find a link to older versions: click
      • kai
        May 24, 2020 at 10:00 Reply
        thank you so muchhhh!!!!! i love ur tutorials they help me so much!!!!!!!!
  • leonni
    July 7, 2020 at 13:58 Reply
    hey so reshade has started to mess with my sensitivity in my game. idk why its just started randomly doing it but ive tried it with other versions and ik it isnt my mods because its the same mods ive been using before so uhhhhhh do you perhaps know?
    • Katverse
      July 8, 2020 at 09:39 Reply
      A lot of people have the same issue and what seems to help is to go to Origin - The Sims 4 - Settings - Game settings - Activate origin in the Sims 4: Uncheck that box :)
  • Sara Santucci
    August 26, 2020 at 11:56 Reply
    Hi! Not sure if it's a real issue or I simply mistook something, I've reinstalled my 3.4.1 version of reshade but whenever I select a preset I don't see their "settings" and most of them are not working. I see them in the folder, I select them, but it's like they have no "presets" in them. I use Directx9 and all settings are like they were before I had to reinstall it, it was working before. I run windows 10.
  • ryuu
    October 13, 2020 at 09:22 Reply
    i installed reshade and presets, but when i try to open it ingame (shift+f2) nothing happens. i've tried pressing home, using the other shift, but nothing works. what do i do lol
    • Dani
      November 16, 2020 at 19:37 Reply
      I have the same problem, I did everything as told but the shift(s) + F2 dont do anything
      • Katverse
        November 16, 2020 at 20:09 Reply
        Maybe "home" button works?
  • Devin
    December 22, 2020 at 22:44 Reply
    Yo yo. So I installed everything and it all went smoothly. However, like many people in the thread I too suffer from the shift-f2 option.. the console doesn't show. Looked through the thread and tried the alternative "home" option and "shift-home" as a hail-mary attempt. Any help would be appreciated
  • Mimi
    February 3, 2021 at 14:00 Reply
    I dont have a Game/Bin file so im not sure what ton do
    • AbsolutelyAWeeb
      March 27, 2021 at 21:14 Reply
      yes i also have this problem? did you solve it already? or does anybody know how to fix this?
  • Isabela
    May 19, 2021 at 15:36 Reply
    Hello! I've followed the tutorial and somehow on my game is says that I need to give permissions to the reshade. Can someone help me?
  • caroline
    July 22, 2021 at 14:02 Reply
    this didnt work for me at all. the home button works and all but I just cant enable the things I've downloaded, they just aren't there even though I put the files in the bin folder and tried putting them in different spots, no luck. wish it would work
    • Sofia Scar
      December 21, 2021 at 16:35 Reply
      me too😒 idk how maeke this works 😩
  • Crowley Cakes
    July 31, 2021 at 19:09 Reply
    I wanted to thank you for this tutorial. It is super helpful.
  • your father
    August 3, 2021 at 18:25 Reply
    i already have a dll that make bouncing physics, looks like i cant add two dll even if i rename it just one will work or theres another way?
  • NaomiScarlet
    August 19, 2021 at 06:10 Reply
    Eu fiz todas as etapas corretamente, porém, quando seleciono o preset a imagem não sai com o preset correspondente, ele até da a impressão que vai aparecer o preset mas logo que termina de carregar ele(a imagem do jogo) fica com tipo um “negativo” horrível, ou um efeito super brancão dependendo do preset, eu baixei alguns mas nenhum deles ficou igual ao que eu vi no criador…
  • eli
    November 19, 2021 at 16:59 Reply
    im late but when i opened the game it said ''unable to save preset'' blah blah blah it said that i need to write permision on C:\Program Files\The Sims 4\Game\Bin helppppppppp plssssss

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