Converting the sharp corners of an image to round corers using gimp in linux

The pictures taken using cameras are always rectangular in shape with sharp corners, so are most of the other images.

We can use gimp to change the images with rectangular corners to round corners. Here are steps to do the same.

Open gimp, and click on

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Browse to the photo that needs to be transformed and click on open.

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Now click on

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It will prompt a menu as shown below.

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Edge Radius: Is the radius of the arc at the corners. The bigger the number the bigger the arc will be at the corner.
Add Drop Shadow : We can make the image appear to have a little depth by adding a shadow to the image. The other three options are for the properties of the shadow.

If the main image has to be retained as it is we can click on "work on a copy" so that the gimp creates a new image with round corners.

Now click on OK. Once gimp finishes working on the image, you should see the image as below.

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Click on

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Give a name for the image and add the extension .jpg.

If prompted for confirmation regarding export to jpg click on export.

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The next prompt will allow us to choose the image quality. Choose the required quality and click on save.

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The image with rounded corners should be ready as below.

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