Creating a Bevel Effect with the GIMP

1. Making a Start

Create a new image with a black background. Pick a foreground and background colour (make the foreground a tint and the background a shade of your final intended effect - eg. light green and dark green). Use the ellipitical selection tool to draw a circular area on the image.

Starting Position

2. Paint the Base Surface

Double click the blend tool and set the Gradient to Radial (blend mode should be FG to BG). Drag the cursor from somewhere near the top left to the bottom right of the circle. This should make the circle look like a ball... if not, adjust the starting point and try again.

The Globe

3. Take a Slice Off the Front

Use Select | Shrink to substantially reduce the selected area. Invert the foreground and background colours and set the blend tool's gradient to linear. Drag the cursor from the top left to bottom right of the new select. Now you have a globe with a slice taken off the front.

A Slice Taken Off

4. Make the Hole

Shrink the selection again, but only by a few pixels this time. Set the foreground colour to black and bucket fill the selection. Now select all (Ctrl-A) and you should see a disk with a hole in the middle, all neatly bevelled.

The starting shape

There's no reason why you shouldn't start off with a different shape or make lots of holes in it - just keep an eye on the blend from tint to shade to ensure that you are creating a 'realistic' 3d effect.

Section Index: Creating

Wulf the webspinner

On being a 'webbist'
Bevel Effect
Gimp bevel effects
The married days counter
The penguin lives!
M-Space Logo
Smooth looking graphics
Gimp neon effects
Press Clipping
My brush with media fame

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