Android - shadow on text?


Question

I am wondering how to add shadow on text in android?

I have the following code which is applied on a bitmap and I wanted to be shadowed...

paint.setColor(Color.BLACK);
paint.setTextSize(55);
paint.setFakeBoldText(false);
paint.setShadowLayer(1, 0, 0, Color.BLACK); //This only shadows my whole view...
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174
9/24/2018 5:14:05 AM

Accepted Answer

You should be able to add the style, like this (taken from source code for Ringdroid):

  <style name="AudioFileInfoOverlayText">
    <item name="android:paddingLeft">4px</item>
    <item name="android:paddingBottom">4px</item>
    <item name="android:textColor">#ffffffff</item>
    <item name="android:textSize">12sp</item>
    <item name="android:shadowColor">#000000</item>
    <item name="android:shadowDx">1</item>
    <item name="android:shadowDy">1</item>
    <item name="android:shadowRadius">1</item>
  </style>

And in your layout, use the style like this:

 <TextView android:id="@+id/info"
       android:layout_width="fill_parent"
       android:layout_height="wrap_content"
       style="@style/AudioFileInfoOverlayText"
       android:gravity="center" />

Edit: the source code can be viewed here: https://github.com/google/ringdroid

Edit2: To set this style programmatically, you'd do something like this (modified from this example to match ringdroid's resources from above)

TextView infoTextView = (TextView) findViewById(R.id.info);
infoTextView.setTextAppearance(getApplicationContext(),  
       R.style.AudioFileInfoOverlayText);

The signature for setTextAppearance is

public void setTextAppearance (Context context, int resid)

Since: API Level 1
Sets the text color, size, style, hint color, and highlight color from the specified TextAppearance resource.

375
9/10/2017 2:21:34 PM

You can do both in code and XML. Only 4 basic things to be set.

  1. shadow color
  2. Shadow Dx - it specifies the X-axis offset of shadow. You can give -/+ values, where -Dx draws a shadow on the left of text and +Dx on the right
  3. shadow Dy - it specifies the Y-axis offset of shadow. -Dy specifies a shadow above the text and +Dy specifies below the text.
  4. shadow radius - specifies how much the shadow should be blurred at the edges. Provide a small value if shadow needs to be prominent. Else otherwise.

e.g.

    android:shadowColor="@color/text_shadow_color"
    android:shadowDx="-2"
    android:shadowDy="2"
    android:shadowRadius="0.01"

This draws a prominent shadow on left-lower side of text. In code, you can add something like this;

    TextView item = new TextView(getApplicationContext());
    item.setText(R.string.text);
    item.setTextColor(getResources().getColor(R.color.general_text_color));
    item.setShadowLayer(0.01f, -2, 2,   getResources().getColor(R.color.text_shadow_color));

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