Adding some bevel effects in your vector graphic software is something usually pretty easy to do! It can add a nice touch of professionalism to any drawing when used properly!
You can use it on text, illustrations or even on a photography! The nice thing about it is that it's usually fully customizable, from the light angle to the line thickness!
However, just like any other effects available on your software, you must be careful and use the bevel tool only if needed! Many wonderful drawings are demolished by irrelevant graphic effects!
Note: This tutorial was made using Xara application. Some effects might not be available in your software.
On this first image, notice how the baseball (the template is image #1) is enhance using the bevel tool. The second image is probably the best one, as it is simple, clean and not too distracting. This is a nice example of how to use this tool in a good way!
In this image, the same basic effects are now added to a letter. This time, image #3 is the one that looks better in my opinion! Number four is great too, but could be better if combined with another effect like a gradient fill!
In this third image, I have played with the tool by changing the angle of the light, the depth of the bevel effect and the shape of the outline! This is a perfect example that too much can be annoying sometimes!
I could go on and show you many other examples of how NOT to use the bevel tool. This is one of the tools that should really be used with care! Have fun experimenting with your vector graphic software!