Android - shadow on text?

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asked Mar 21, 2010 by grendizer

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.setShadowLayer(1, 0, 0, Color.BLACK); //This only shadows my whole view...

Thankful for any tips!

4 Answers

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answered Jan 21, 2010 by fhucho

Draw 2 texts: one gray (it will be the shadow) and on top of it draw the second text (y coordinate 1px more then shadow text).

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answered Mar 21, 2010 by jim-schubert

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>

And in your layout, use the style like this:

 <TextView android:id="@+id/info"
       android:gravity="center" />

Edit: the source code can be viewed here:

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(;

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.

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answered Mar 22, 2013 by codefood

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.



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.setShadowLayer(0.01f, -2, 2,   getResources().getColor(R.color.text_shadow_color));
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answered Sep 15, 2017 by roc-boronat

If you want to achieve a shadow like the one that Android does in the Launcher, we're managing these values. They're useful if you want to create TextViews that will appear as a Widget, without a background.

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