How to Turn Off the Bloom in "Bad Company 2"

Written by c.a. rubino
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"Battlefield: Bad Company 2" once again drops you into fast and furious warfare action alongside a squad of elite, albeit eccentric, soldiers. The game takes advantage of several of the latest advances in visual techniques available at the time such as DirectX 11, Horizon-Based Ambient Occlusion and Bloom, providing stunning graphics. For those who need to make changes to the graphical settings most of the effects can be adjusted or disabled. Bloom is the exception to this. Bloom allows lights to bleed around very bright objects, creating a realistic, soft appearance and can only be disabled outside the game.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Locate the "Bad Company 2" settings file. The file is located under "My Documents\BFBC2" and it is named "settings.ini." Right-click on the file and select Properties. Make sure that the "Read-Only" box is unchecked. Click OK to exit the properties menu.

  2. 2

    Start "Bad Company 2" normally. Once the game has loaded, enter the settings menu and adjust the settings to your preference. If you are adjusting graphical settings be sure to actually enter the game itself to check performance. Once you have the settings where you want them, exit the game.

  3. 3

    Return to the "settings.ini" file and open it. Either double-click on the file or right-click and select Open. If the computer asks you to choose the type of program to use to open the file, select the Windows notepad.

  4. 4

    Press CTRL + F to open the find menu. Type in "bloom" and press enter or click "Find Next." Change the Bloom entry so that it reads "bloom=false" and exit the file, saving when prompted. The game will now load with the settings set as you want them and with Bloom disabled.

Tips and warnings

  • Bloom can have a drastic effect on the look and performance of a game. If you are having problems getting the game to run disabling bloom may increase performance noticeably. When you change any of the settings from within the game's settings menu the ini file will be overwritten. This will often re-enable bloom and you will need to repeat the steps to manually disable it again.
  • Avoid making any further changes inside the ini file as it could have unintended consequences. If you want to experiment with the ini file you need to make a backup first so you can reverse the changes if something doesn't work correctly. Right-click on the "settings.ini" and select Copy. Then right-click on an empty section of the folder and select Paste, the backup will appear either as "settings - copy.ini." or settings(2).ini" depending on the version of Windows. Alternatively you can use notepad's "Save As" command to save a backup as any name you wish to call it; just ensure it's something clear enough to recognise later on.

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