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android – draw transparent shape onto canvas

Posted by: admin June 15, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a background image that takes up the whole screen. I am drawing canvas over the background and setting its color to white so you can’t see the image yet. What I am trying to achieve is to then draw a transparent shape onto the white canvas and have the background image show through where that shape is. I am using a surfaceView and implementing SurfaceView.Callback.

How to&Answers:

to draw transparent shape follow this code

Paint paint = new Paint();
paint.setXfermode(new PorterDuffXfermode(PorterDuff.Mode.CLEAR)); 

//draw any shape, here I am drawing Rect shape
Rect rect=new Rect(left, top, right, bottom);


You should make the white color transparent:

public void draw(Canvas canvas)
  final RectF rectF = new RectF();
  final Paint paint = new Paint();
  paint.setARGB(128, 255, 255, 255);

  rectF.set(0,0, getMeasuredWidth(), getMeasuredHeight());

  canvas.drawRect(rectF, paint);