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Drawing: Wrap up

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

We covered a huge amount of ground in this project, and you’ve learned about paths, shapes, strokes, transforms, drawing groups, animating values, and more. Not everyone will want to use all those features, and that’s OK – hopefully you have a clear idea of which parts interested you the most, and have some good coding experience with them.

If you combine your new-found drawing abilities with all the animation functionality we covered back in project 6, I hope you’re starting to realize just how much power and flexibility SwiftUI gives us. Yes, you can of course create whole apps using List, NavigationView, and similar, but you can also build completely custom user interfaces that look fantastic and are just as fast.

Review what you learned

Anyone can sit through a tutorial, but it takes actual work to remember what was taught. It’s my job to make sure you take as much from these tutorials as possible, so I’ve prepared a short review to help you check your learning.

Click here to review what you learned in this project.


One of the best ways to learn is to write your own code as often as possible, so here are three ways you should try extending this app to make sure you fully understand what’s going on.

  1. Create an Arrow shape – having it point straight up is fine. This could be a rectangle/triangle-style arrow, or perhaps three lines, or maybe something else depending on what kind of arrow you want to draw.
  2. Make the line thickness of your Arrow shape animatable.
  3. Create a ColorCyclingRectangle shape that is the rectangular cousin of ColorCyclingCircle, allowing us to control the position of the gradient using one or more properties.

Hacking with Swift+ subscribers can get a complete video solution for this checkpoint here: Solution to Drawing. If you don’t already subscribe, you can start a free trial today.

Tip: Gradient positions like .top and .bottom are actually instances of UnitPoint, and you can create your own UnitPoint instances with X/Y values ranging from 0 to 1.

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