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This is a stand-alone xVision 2.0 solution that is compatible with X-Plane 11.51 R1 or higher. THIS PRESET IS ONLY FOR X-PLANE 11 VULKAN. IT DOES NOT WORK WELL IN OPEN GL


NOTE: A visual installation zip file is included separately in the download section

  1.  Save the .xvs version file of your choosing from this download to your xVision 2.0 folder
  2. Open your xVision
  3. Run the Restore from Backup function from the side menu
    • In the pop up window, make sure options "Restore initial Lua scripts to FlyWithLua Plugin" and "Restore initial graphic resources" are checked off
  4. Click on the Open solution button on the side menu and chose Skypaint_XP_vX.X.xvs (which you saved in 1)
  5.  Click on the "Apply adjustment and install resources" icon on the side menu
  6. Wait until xVision gives you the message that the solution has been installed (bottom of the xVision window in the Program Log tab)


This solution installs its resources and scripts in exclusive mode. This means that any lua scripts in your X-Plane 11/resources/plugins/FlyWithLua/scripts folder will be disabled. Before enabling any scripts, please make sure they don't conflict with the lua scripts this solution uses. That is, keep any cloud, sky, lights and water lua scripts disabled or delete them altogether.

Although the solution has been tested extensively, it is impossible to be aware of all incompatibilities with other addons for the simple reason that I may not own some of them. Under this heading, I will list all incompatibilities and issues as they come to my attention by users or as I discover them in my own sim:

  • Users of 3jFPS-Wizzard: Skypaint_Tweaks.lua contains dataref "sim/private/controls/clouds/overdraw_control". The same dataref is also used in 3jFPS-Wizard's lua. Please, delete this dataref from SkypaintXP_Tweaks lua.
  • Users of the ASHA script: This solution manipulates shadows (cloud as well as general sim shadows). If you are using the ASHA lua script, you either delete it or delete the shadow dataref sections of this solution's Skypaint_Tweaks.lua

I will stand behind this solution and offer help and support for any issues related to bad or subpar functionality (faulty lua scripts, errors etc.). Please, DO NOT message me or comment on requests to change visuals in this solution. I went to great lengths to ensure that the solution will provide reasonable results for a wide range of systems and situations. As it is always the case with visual enhancements, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Please accept this solution as is and, if it does not meet your preferences, use it as a basis and do your own tweaks as you see fit. I will not respond to any requests for changes regarding the way things look in the sim.

How you use this solution and who you chose to share it with is not my business to say. Feel free to alter, re-use and tweak it to your discretion and liking.

The solution utilizes the following 3-party resources:

My goal is to make this solution work for everyone, so any reviews and/or feedback comments are always welcomed and appreciated.

Happy flying!
IMDimitri,  January 2021

Edited just now by IM Διmιtrι


Edited by DS1971

What's New in Version 4.0.0


  • Added new textures (water, overlays, moon, powerlines, skycolors)
  • Re-worked sun glare, intensity and sunset/sunrise effects
  • Slightly brighter environment under overcast conditions
  • Further adjustments on rayleigh scattering both for clouds and for the horizon
  • Eliminated the bloom effect (was making skycolor blending washed-out)

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   1 of 1 member found this review helpful 1 / 1 member

Great job. Very nice addition. Cannot wait for more updates as time goes on.

Response from the author:

Thank you mate. Please, check this page periodically for updates. There is some room for more tweaking in order to encompass more and more possible situations in the sim.

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