If you are playing Skyrim on PC and you notice that your character's skin looks shiny or glossy, you are not alone. This is a common issue that affects many players, especially those who use mods or custom races. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to fix this problem and make your character look more natural and realistic.
The main cause of shiny skin in Skyrim is the specular map, which is a texture that controls how light reflects off the surface of an object. Sometimes, the specular map can be too bright or too dark, resulting in a shiny or dull appearance. This can happen due to various reasons, such as incompatible mods, incorrect load order, outdated files, or corrupted data.
To fix shiny skin in Skyrim, you need to adjust the specular map of your character's skin texture. There are two methods to do this: using a mod or using a tool.
Using a Mod
The easiest way to fix shiny skin in Skyrim is to use a mod that replaces or edits the specular map of your character's skin texture. There are many mods that do this, but some of the most popular ones are:
No More Ugly Bronze Shine: This mod removes the bronze tint and reduces the shine on all vanilla and custom races.
Better Makeup for SKSE: This mod improves the makeup options for female characters and fixes the shiny lips and eyelids.
Fair Skin Complexion: This mod adds a new skin texture for female characters that has a realistic and smooth appearance.
To use a mod to fix shiny skin in Skyrim, you need to download and install it using a mod manager, such as Nexus Mod Manager or Mod Organizer. Then, you need to activate the mod and make sure it is placed below any other mods that affect your character's skin texture in your load order. You can use a tool like LOOT to sort your load order automatically.
Using a Tool
If you prefer to fix shiny skin in Skyrim manually, you can use a tool that allows you to edit the specular map of your character's skin texture. One such tool is GIMP, which is a free and open-source image editor. To use GIMP to fix shiny skin in Skyrim, you need to follow these steps:
Find the location of your character's skin texture file. This depends on whether you are using a vanilla or a custom race. For vanilla races, the file is located in Data\\textures\\actors\\character\\female\\femalebody_1.dds for females and Data\\textures\\actors\\character\\male\\malebody_1.dds for males. For custom races, the file is located in Data\\textures\\[mod name]\\[race name]\\femalebody_1.dds or Data\\textures\\[mod name]\\[race name]\\malebody_1.dds, where [mod name] and [race name] are the names of the mod and the race that you are using.
Make a backup copy of your character's skin texture file and save it somewhere safe.
Open your character's skin texture file with GIMP.
Select the Image menu and choose Mode > Decompose.
In the Decompose window, select RGBA as the color model and check the box that says Decompose to layers. Then click OK.
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