I've seen quite a few "default remix" texture packs. There's the high-res Faithful texture pack, and there's the Default 3D pack, and there's the one pack I can't remember which adds some slight grainy overlays to resized versions of the default textures, which gives a nice illusion of the blocks being made of real materials.
However, what I haven't yet seen is one that fixes Minecraft's overlying graphical problem; a general dull, grey, drab, "cloudy day" sort of aesthetic where nothing is very bright or colorful. That can, for the most part, be fixed with shaders, but shaders will hit the game's performance pretty darn hard and just plain old won't work on some computers and graphics cards. That's why I've started work on this new texture pack, titled: It's Not a Shader.
Because while it may LOOK a bit like a shader mod to the untrained eye, it's just an ordinary, honest-to-goodness texture pack, and it won't effect your performance noticeably in any way at all. This is a VERY early WIP version, and I don't plan on putting up a download link until I at least get night lighting to a place where I like it. But until then, here's a comparison screenshot.
Features so far:
- Brighter, more colorful foliage.
- A few textures were revamped and brightened up, most notably dirt and sand.
- A much more realistic, low-gradient style of lighting with yellowish sunlight and bluish shadows.
- Single-block tallgrass is animated.
- Light sources let off a warm, orange glow instead of that weird default light which starts as a cold
white and fades to a dull brown.
- Water looks much more natural; it's smooth, faint and transparent instead of looking like boiling toothpaste.