iphaaw iphaaw - 2 months ago 25
Swift Question

How to procedurally draw rectangle / lines in swift using CGContext

I've been trawling the internet for days trying to find the simplest code examples on how to draw a rectangle or lines procedurally in Swift. I have seen how to do it by overriding the DrawRect command. I believe you can create a CGContext and then drawing into an image, but I'd love to see some simple code examples. Or is this a terrible approach? Thanks.

class MenuController: UIViewController

override func viewDidLoad()
// Do any additional setup after loading the view, typically from a nib.
self.view.backgroundColor = UIColor.blackColor()

var logoFrame = CGRectMake(0,0,118,40)
var imageView = UIImageView(frame: logoFrame)
imageView.image = UIImage(named:"Logo")

//need to draw a rectangle here


Here's an example that creates a custom UIImage containing a transparent background and a red rectangle with lines crossing diagonally through it.

class ViewController: UIViewController {
    override func viewDidLoad() {

        let imageSize = CGSize(width: 200, height: 200)
        let imageView = UIImageView(frame: CGRect(origin: CGPoint(x: 100, y: 100), size: imageSize))
        let image = drawCustomImage(imageSize)
        imageView.image = image

func drawCustomImage(size: CGSize) -> UIImage {
    // Setup our context
    let bounds = CGRect(origin: CGPoint.zeroPoint, size: size)
    let opaque = false
    let scale: CGFloat = 0
    UIGraphicsBeginImageContextWithOptions(size, opaque, scale)
    let context = UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext()

    // Setup complete, do drawing here
    CGContextSetStrokeColorWithColor(context, UIColor.redColor().CGColor)
    CGContextSetLineWidth(context, 2.0)

    CGContextStrokeRect(context, bounds)

    CGContextMoveToPoint(context, CGRectGetMinX(bounds), CGRectGetMinY(bounds))
    CGContextAddLineToPoint(context, CGRectGetMaxX(bounds), CGRectGetMaxY(bounds))
    CGContextMoveToPoint(context, CGRectGetMaxX(bounds), CGRectGetMinY(bounds))
    CGContextAddLineToPoint(context, CGRectGetMinX(bounds), CGRectGetMaxY(bounds))

    // Drawing complete, retrieve the finished image and cleanup
    let image = UIGraphicsGetImageFromCurrentImageContext()
    return image