NEW: Join my free 100 Days of SwiftUI challenge today! >>

How to make a UIView glow using shadowColor

Swift version: 5.1

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

All views can have shadows thanks to the CALayer behind them, but you can use that same property to create glow effects. For example, this creates a 128x128 view then gives it a 20-point yellow glow:

let vw = UIView(frame: CGRect(x: 100, y: 100, width: 128, height: 128))
vw.backgroundColor = .white

vw.layer.shadowOffset = .zero
vw.layer.shadowColor = UIColor.yellow.cgColor
vw.layer.shadowRadius = 20
vw.layer.shadowOpacity = 1
vw.layer.shadowPath = UIBezierPath(rect: vw.bounds).cgPath

Bright glows work best on a dark background, so try making your main view black:

view.backgroundColor = .black

LEARN SWIFTUI FOR FREE I have a massive, free SwiftUI video collection on YouTube teaching you how to build complete apps with SwiftUI – check it out!

Available from iOS 3.2

Similar solutions…

About the Swift Knowledge Base

This is part of the Swift Knowledge Base, a free, searchable collection of solutions for common iOS questions.

BUY OUR BOOKS
Buy Pro Swift Buy Swift Design Patterns Buy Testing Swift Buy Hacking with iOS Buy Swift Coding Challenges Buy Swift on Sundays Volume One Buy Server-Side Swift (Vapor Edition) Buy Advanced iOS Volume One Buy Advanced iOS Volume Two Buy Advanced iOS Volume Three Buy Hacking with watchOS Buy Hacking with tvOS Buy Hacking with macOS Buy Dive Into SpriteKit Buy Swift in Sixty Seconds Buy Objective-C for Swift Developers Buy Server-Side Swift (Kitura Edition) Buy Beyond Code

Was this page useful? Let us know!

Average rating: 4.0/5