Minecraft's graphics are pretty simple compared to any game on the market. For first time players, the game might even feel limited due to its blocky nature. Minecraft shaders are a good way to deal with this problem, but they cost a lot of performance. In this article, we are going to showcase the top 4 ways to make Minecraft look better without shaders.

1 - Use slabs, stairs, and trap doors

Slabs, stairs and trap doors are blocks with different shapes and appearances. By mixing them with your building's normal structure, the end result would definitely look better than expected. For example, stairs and slabs can be used to create slanting roof designs. Trap doors, on the other hand, can serve as part of a pillar to increase their width.

Roof Height
Usage of special blocks can make Minecraft look better without shaders.
  • A trapdoor is a solid, transparent block that can be used as an openable 1x1 barrier.
  • Stairs are blocks that allow mobs and players to change elevation without jumping.
  • Slabs are half-height versions of their respective blocks.

Players can also mix it up by making multiple variations of the same block, using different materials.

2 - Build normal or custom trees

The blocky world might seem barren sometimes... and a forest of trees can solve that problem. To cover your base in a forest of different trees, you need to find saplings and grow them.

Tree saplings have a 1/20 chance (1/40 if they are jungle saplings) of dropping from leaf blocks when they decay or are destroyed. There are six species of saplings, corresponding to the six main trees: oak, birch, spruce, jungle, acacia, and dark oak.

You would be surprised that planting some trees can change how your base looks immensely.

Players can also loot saplings from chests, structures or buy them from merchants. If you are tired of the limited variants in Minecraft, it might be a good idea to mod in new trees or create your own using wood blocks and other items.

3 - Structure mods

Not all players have the time to create structures manually. Instead of building everything from scratch, it is best to just use mods to get stuff done. Minecraft mods can add custom mobs, structures, biomes, items, trees and a lot more.

Since Minecraft's modding community is huge, players can find thousands of mods on various pages, especially Minecraft Structure mods.

Custom structures
Custom structures from mods usually look amazing.

4 - Resource/Texture packs

By installing resource packs or texture packs into Minecraft, you can change the look of almost everything in game. The easiest way to make your world look good is to increase the resolution of the blocks in Minecraft.

There are a lot of packs on the internet that you can choose from. From ordinary packs that improve the vanilla blocks to packs that add brand new blocks into it. Unlike shaders, Minecraft texture packs do not affect system performance much - even low end devices can run low-resolution texture packs just fine.

Sapixcraft Minecraft Texture Pack
Adding resource or texture packs is the easiest way to make Minecraft look better without shaders.

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