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4.5.  Engrave

4.5.1.  Overview

Figure 16.40.  Example for the “Engrave” filter

Example for the Engrave filter

Original image

Example for the Engrave filter

Engrave” applied

This filter produces an engraving effect: the image is turned black and white and some horizontal lines of varying height are drawn depending on the value of underlying pixels. The resulting effect reminds of engravings found in coins and old book illustrations.

[Note] Note

The “Engrave” filter operates only on floating selections and layers with an alpha channel. If the active layer does not have an alpha channel please add it first.

4.5.2.  Activate the filter

This filter is found in the image window menu under FiltersDistortsEngrave.

4.5.3.  Options

Figure 16.41.  Engrave” options

Engrave options


The result of your settings will appear in the Preview without affecting the image until you click on OK.


This option specifies the height of the engraving lines. The value goes from 2 to 16.

Limit line width

If this option is enabled thin lines are not drawn on contiguous color areas. See the figure below for an example of this option result.

Figure 16.42.  Example result of Limit line width option

Example result of Limit line width option

Original image

Example result of Limit line width option

Limit line width option enabled

Example result of Limit line width option

Limit line width option disabled

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