How to Bevel in GIMP

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GIMP is a free graphic design program you can use to digitally edit and embellish pictures. GIMP has a Bevel effect among its Decor Filters that you can use to add a bevelled edge to any image. You decide how thick you want the bevel to appear, and GIMP does the rest of the work to give your picture the appearance of an added dimension.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Launch GIMP. Open the image or workbook you want to edit. Click on "File" and "Open." Select your image from the dialogue, and press "Open."

  2. 2

    Click on the "Filters" tab and "Decor." Follow the over-arrow to click on "Add Bevel." The "Script-Fu: Add Bevel" dialogue will appear.

  3. 3

    Assign a "Thickness" to your bevel by dragging the thumb of the scroll bar across the screen. Alternatively, you can type into the text field the size you want. Check "Work on copy" if you want to have the filter applied to a separate workbook as opposed to the original image itself. Press "OK" for the effect to take place

  4. 4

    Save your edited image by clicking on "File" and "Save As." Enter a file name followed by a picture extension such as ".JPG." Click "Save" and the process will be complete.

Tips and warnings

  • Under the Decor Filters category, you can also find commands to "Add Border" and "Coffee Stain," which you may also like to use during digital editing.
  • Depending on the colours, layout and design of your picture, the Bevel effect may or may not be incredibly noticeable. The effect generally works best on light colours and designs.

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