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Draw Gradient in Java ME

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Here is a Java ME class for gradients drawing, supporting both horizontal and vertical gradients.

J2me gradients.jpg

This could be useful to substitute background gradient images with graphics drawn by code.

import javax.microedition.lcdui.Graphics;
public class Gradient
public static final int VERTICAL = 0;
public static final int HORIZONTAL = 1;
public static void gradientBox(Graphics g, int color1, int color2, int left, int top, int width, int height, int orientation)
int max = orientation == VERTICAL ? height : width;
int color1RGB[] = new int[]{(color1>>16) & 0xff,(color1>>8) & 0xff,color1 & 0xff};
int color2RGB[] = new int[]{(color2>>16) & 0xff,(color2>>8) & 0xff,color2 & 0xff};
int colorCalc[] = new int[]{
(( color2RGB[0] - color1RGB[0] )<<16)/max,
(( color2RGB[1] - color1RGB[1] )<<16)/max,
(( color2RGB[2] - color1RGB[2] )<<16)/max
for(int i = max; i > -1; i--)
(color1RGB[0]+((i*colorCalc[0])>>16)) <<16 |
(color1RGB[1]+((i*colorCalc[1])>>16)) <<8 |
if(orientation == VERTICAL)
g.drawLine(left, top + i, left + width - 1, top + i);
g.drawLine(left + i, top, left + i, top + height - 1);

and here is a sample Canvas using the gradientBox method (the final effect is shown in the screenshot at beginning of this article):

import javax.microedition.lcdui.Canvas;
import javax.microedition.lcdui.Graphics;
public class GradientRectCanvas extends Canvas {
protected void paint(Graphics g)
int halfWidth = getWidth() / 2;
int halfHeight = getHeight() / 2;
Gradient.gradientBox(g, 0xffffff, 0xff0000, 0, 0, halfWidth, halfHeight, Gradient.HORIZONTAL);
Gradient.gradientBox(g, 0xff0000, 0xffffff, halfWidth, 0, halfWidth, halfHeight, Gradient.VERTICAL);
Gradient.gradientBox(g, 0xffff00, 0x00ffff, 0, halfHeight, halfWidth, halfHeight, Gradient.VERTICAL);
Gradient.gradientBox(g, 0x00ff00, 0x0000ff, halfWidth, halfHeight, halfWidth, halfHeight, Gradient.VERTICAL);
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Devices(s): Nokia 7373, Nokia N82
Created: jappit (11 Apr 2008)
Updated: tiviinik (16 Jan 2012)
Last edited: hamishwillee (30 Jul 2013)
This page was last modified on 30 July 2013, at 07:47.
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