What is bloom effect?

Bloom, which is also called light bloom or glow, is a computer graphics effect used in video games, demos and high dynamic range rendering (HDR) to reproduce an imaging artifact of real-world cameras. The effect produces fringes (or feathers) of light extending from the borders of bright areas in an image, contributing to the illusion of an extremely bright light overwhelming the camera or eye capturing the scene.

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Disabling bloom in ETS 2 / ATS

There are two ways to disable bloom effect in Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator.

Method #1: Using developer console

If you have enabled the developer console, you can easily disable the bloom effect. If you haven’t, see this guide to enable it.

Open the developer console by pressing “~” key in the game and type the following command:

g_bloom 0

That’s all! You have successfully disabled the bloom effect.

P.S. The default value of the bloom effect is “1”. If you change your mind, you can type 1 instead of 0 in the above command to re-enable the bloom.

Method #2: Editing Config file

  1. Locate your Euro Truck Simulator 2 or American Truck Simulator home directory.
    The home directory is where all your settings, profiles, mods, save files and in game screenshots are stored.
    You can find it in your “Documents\Euro Truck Simulator 2 *OR* \American Truck Simulator” folder.
  2. Open the config.cfg file in the folder with Notepad.
    (Right click the file, select “Open with” and pick “Notepad”.)
  3. Find the line: uset g_bloom “1” 
  4. Change the “1” to a “0”.
    After changing it, the line should look like this: uset g_bloom “0” 
  5. Save the config file.
    (In Notepad, click on “File” → “Save”.)
  6. That’s all! You have successfully disabled the bloom effect.
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Filip Andre Valskraa
Filip Andre Valskraa
11 months ago

Thank you 🙂