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How to disable the overlay color for images inside Button and NavigationLink

Paul Hudson    @twostraws   

Fully updated for Xcode 11 GM

By default, an image drawn inside a NavigationLink or a Button will almost certainly not behave as you expect: the whole image will be be covered with an opaque blue color, or whatever accent color you have in your view.

There are two ways you can fix this; which you choose depends on the behavior you want.

First, you can use the buttonStyle() modifier with PlainButtonStyle(), like this:

NavigationView {
    NavigationLink(destination: Text("Detail view here")) {
        Image("YourImage")
    }
    .buttonStyle(PlainButtonStyle())
}

Or like this for plain buttons:

Button(action: {
    // your action here
}) {
    Image("YourImage")
}
.buttonStyle(PlainButtonStyle())

With that modifier in place, your original image will be visible as you expected.

As an alternative, you can also use the renderingMode() mode modifier to achieve a slightly different result:

NavigationView {
    NavigationLink(destination: Text("Detail view here")) {
        Image("YourImage")
            .renderingMode(.original)
    }
}

The difference is subtle, but important: if you are using a Button inside a List, using .buttonStyle(PlainButtonStyle()) will mean that only the space directly around the button’s content can be tapped, whereas if you use .renderingMode(.original) then the whole cell remains tappable.

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