Archive for the ‘Shadow’ Category

Transparency – Part 3

Friday, June 8th, 2012

In the previous article we looked at the GridLayout label pattern and explored how it is designed to keep the label text visible irrespective of the background. In this article we’ll look at this concept further.

Text Shadows

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Often tools like Photoshop are used to create graphic elements which are actually text with various effects applied to them, and an well used effect in such elements is the use of shadows. Android supports text shadows, and in this article we’ll explore a number of ways that we can use the built in shadows as it is much more efficient to use TextView than it is to include lots of bitmap elements for our text; it also makes designing for multiple screens much easier, as well, because the Android layout manager can scale TextView elements much easier than the bitmaps in ImageView objects.