Suragch Suragch - 1 month ago 8
Swift Question

How to change the text color in a CATextLayer in Swift

I want to change the text color of a CATextLayer.

This does not work

myTextLayer.textColor


since there is no such property. I also got no response by setting the foreground color

textLayer.foregroundColor = someColor.CGColor


when the text layer is set up as follows

let myAttribute = [ NSFontAttributeName: UIFont(name: mongolFontName, size: fontSize )! ]
let attrString = NSMutableAttributedString(string: textLayer.displayString, attributes: myAttribute )
textLayer.frame = myFrame
textLayer.string = attrString


I have seen the Objective-C question CATextLayer textcolor is always black but the answers there didn't seem to make sense in my situation.

Since I was able to solve my problem by reading the documentation, I am sharing the answer below.

Answer

General Case

To set the text color of a CATextLayer use

myTextLayer.foregroundColor = UIColor.cyan.cgColor

as in

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let myTextLayer = CATextLayer()
myTextLayer.string = "My text"
myTextLayer.backgroundColor = UIColor.blue.cgColor
myTextLayer.foregroundColor = UIColor.cyan.cgColor
myTextLayer.frame = myView.bounds
myView.layer.addSublayer(myTextLayer)

If you don't set the color, the default is white for both the background and the foreground.

Using an Attributed String

According to the documentation,

The foregroundColor property is only used when the string property is not an NSAttributedString.

That is why you were not able to change the color. You need to add the color to the attributed string in this case.

// Attributed string
let myAttributes = [
    NSFontAttributeName: UIFont(name: "Chalkduster", size: 30.0)! , // font
    NSForegroundColorAttributeName: UIColor.cyan                    // text color
]
let myAttributedString = NSAttributedString(string: "My text", attributes: myAttributes )

// Text layer
let myTextLayer = CATextLayer()
myTextLayer.string = myAttributedString
myTextLayer.backgroundColor = UIColor.blue.cgColor
//myTextLayer.foregroundColor = UIColor.cyan.cgColor // no effect
myTextLayer.frame = myView.bounds
myView.layer.addSublayer(myTextLayer)

which gives

enter image description here

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