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iphone glossy buttons howto

sample images

one big sample image33 individual button images











ObjC code

Following ObjC code uses iphone Private API (UIGlassButton class), so it may be rejected from AppStore.
BUT you can generate a lot of iphone-style glossy button images with it, save to PNG, and use in your projects.

IMPORTANT: this code must be run on iPhone simulator. it saves PNG images to /tmp folder on your computer

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#define UIColorFromRGBA(rgbValue,a) [UIColor colorWithRed:((float)((rgbValue & 0xFF0000) >> 16))/255.0 \
  green:((float)((rgbValue & 0xFF00) >> 8))/255.0 \
  blue:((float)(rgbValue & 0xFF))/255.0 alpha:a]

Class theClass = NSClassFromString(@"UIGlassButton");

for(int j=0;j<3;j++){
    for(int i=0;i<=10;i++){
        UIButton *theButton = [[[theClass alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(5+120*j, 5+i*44, 120, 44)] autorelease];
        [theButton setValue:UIColorFromRGBA(0xff<<(j*8),0.1*i) forKey:@"tintColor"];
        //[theButton setTitle:@"Accept" forState:UIControlStateNormal];
        [self.view addSubview:theButton];
        
        UIGraphicsBeginImageContext(theButton.frame.size);
        CGContextRef theContext = UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext();
        [theButton.layer renderInContext:theContext];
        
        UIImage *theImage = UIGraphicsGetImageFromCurrentImageContext();
        NSData *theData = UIImagePNGRepresentation(theImage);
        [theData writeToFile:[NSString stringWithFormat:
                              @"/tmp/btn%@%02i.png",
                              j==0 ? @"B" : (j==1 ? @"G" : @"R"),
                              i] atomically:NO];
        
        UIGraphicsEndImageContext();
    }
}

and now make them stretch

automatically stretching to
(oops, button lost a shadow during screen capture, not important here though)

note that stretchableImageWithLeftCapWidth method:

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            UIButton* button = [[UIButton alloc] init];
            [button setTitle:@"  looong long long very long text  " forState:UIControlStateNormal];
            [button setBackgroundImage:[[UIImage imageNamed:@"btnB10.png"] stretchableImageWithLeftCapWidth:10 topCapHeight:10] forState:UIControlStateNormal];
            [button sizeToFit];

NB: Don’t forget to release a button ! :)

  1. Gravatar Kelly says:

    Gold doesn't work to combine in any element and can't make thread. Iphone version. So can't complete game 5 elements short

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