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paint – setShadowLayer Android API differences

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment


I develop a custom view component for my application and I am struggling with adding a shadow to a circle.

Here is the code of my class extending View

public class ChartView extends View {

    public ChartView(Context context, AttributeSet attributeSet){
        super(context, attributeSet);

    Paint paint;
    public void init(){
        paint = new Paint(Paint.ANTI_ALIAS_FLAG);
        paint.setShadowLayer(30, 0, 0, Color.RED);

    protected void onDraw(Canvas canvas) {
        canvas.drawCircle(getWidth()/2, getHeight()/2,50, paint);

However, I noticed that depending on the API, There is a big impact on the shadowLayer.

Here is the output with

<uses-sdk android:targetSdkVersion="13"/>

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And here is the output with

<uses-sdk android:targetSdkVersion="14"/> //Higher target API yields the same output.

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Any idea how to overcome this unwanted behaviour ?

Best regards

How to&Answers:

setShadowLayer() is only supported on text when hardware acceleration is on. Hardware acceleration is on by default when targetSdk=14 or higher. An easy workaround is to put your View in a software layer: myView.setLayerType(View.LAYER_TYPE_SOFTWARE, null).