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I'm new to filter editor, and it's pretty complicated. How would you approach creating outer bevel effect on shape in Inkscape?

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There are many ways to create bevels in Inkscape but it really depends on exactly what you're looking for and how much control you need. Here's a great tutorial that shows how to bevel text. You can apply the same principles to other objects too but note that the blur option specified in step 6 is available only with text.

If you want something simple you could also try filters that come with Inkscape Filters-> Bevels.

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It might be a good idea to supplement your answer by including some information from the tutorial, just in case the site goes down. – IQAndreas Feb 18 '15 at 10:22

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