Draw circle shape in Canvas in Android

Draw circle shape in canvas is very easy thing to do if you are familiar with Canvas in Android. Please checkout this tutorial if you don’t know about how to create basic Canvas, display it to ImageView and save it as Bitmap.

Here we draw one canvas of 500×500 resolution and draw circle shape in the middle of the canvas.

The below line will draw circle shape in canvas.

canvas.drawCircle(x, y, radius, paint);

Here we pass x and y as the center coordinats of the circle. radius represents the radius of the circle being drawn. And paint is the Paint for drawing circle.

Now we will write the full code to draw circle in canvas.

Paint pBackground = new Paint();
canvas.drawRect(0, 0, 512, 512, pBackground);
Paint pCircle = new Paint();
canvas.drawCircle(256, 256, 256, pCircle);

Extract colors from image(bitmap) using Palette in Android

When open the profile page of any person or group in Whatsapp, you will find that the color of the toolbar at top uses the color from the DP of the user or group. It looks good when you use extracted colors from image in your layout. Your layout will blend with the image and other content.

So here we can extract different colors from any image(bitmap) used in our application and use those colors effectively in our app throughout.

Main Color Profiles

First of all there are main 6 type of color profiles in the image that we can extract.

  • Vibrant
  • Vibrant Dark
  • Vibrant Light
  • Muted
  • Muted Dark
  • Muted Light

Most used profile from above are Vibrant and Vibrant Dark. The reason is, vibrant colors are pure, bright, intense, saturated and high chroma color. They stand out in the image and easy to point out. Now if we use those colors in the layout along with the image, it will give a great look. Whatsapp is the best example of it as we discussed earlier.

Every profile(swatch) gives us following information that we can use in the application.

  • population of that color in image
  • hue, saturation, lightness
  • body text color with sufficient contrast with the main color
  • title text color with sufficient contrast with the main color

Now we look at the code to get the Palette from bitmap.

Bitmap b = null;
b = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.img1);
Palette p = Palette.from(b).generate();

Here we get the Palette from image(bitmap). Now we extract main 6 different kind of color profile(swatch) from it.

Palette.Swatch psVibrant = p.getVibrantSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psVibrantLight = p.getLightVibrantSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psVibrantDark = p.getDarkVibrantSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psMuted = p.getMutedSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psMutedLight = p.getLightMutedSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psMutedDark = p.getDarkMutedSwatch();

Now we will extract 4 different values from these swatch as described earlier in the article. Here we will take psVibrant as an example.

int color = psVibrant.getRgb();
int population = psVibrant.getPopulation();
float[] hsl = psVibrant.getHsl();
int bodyTextColor = psVibrant.getBodyTextColor();
int titleTextColor = psVibrant.getTitleTextColor();

You can also get other colors from image other than above 6 by following code snippet.

List<Palette.Swatch> pss;
pss = p.getSwatches();
for(int j = 0; j < pss.size(); j++) {
  Palette.Swatch ps = pss.get(j);
  int color = ps.getRgb();
  int population = ps.getPopulation();
  float[] hsl = ps.getHsl();
  int bodyTextColor = ps.getBodyTextColor();
  int titleTextColor = ps.getTitleTextColor();
Other Color Profiles

Rotate image(bitmap) to any angle in Android

In many image related Android applications, we may need to rotate the bitmap(not ImageView). Here I added the code below to rotate the image at any possible angle using Matrix.

rotation of image resulted from below code
Bitmap bInput/*your input bitmap*/, bOutput;
float degrees = 45;//rotation degree
Matrix matrix = new Matrix();
bOutput = Bitmap.createBitmap(bInput, 0, 0, bInput.getWidth(), bInput.getHeight(), matrix, true);

Flip image(bitmap) horizontally and vertically in Android

In any photo related Android application, flipping image is necessary feature. So here I wrote the code to flip the image in both horizontal as well as vertical direction.

Result of the below code

Code for vertical flip bitmap:

Bitmap bInput/*your input bitmap*/, bOutput;
Matrix matrix = new Matrix();
matrix.preScale(1.0f, -1.0f);
bOutput = Bitmap.createBitmap(bInput, 0, 0, bInput.getWidth(), bInput.getHeight(), matrix, true);

Code for horizontal flip bitmap:

Bitmap bInput/*your input bitmap*/, bOutput;
Matrix matrix = new Matrix();
matrix.preScale(-1.0f, 1.0f);
bOutput = Bitmap.createBitmap(bInput, 0, 0, bInput.getWidth(), bInput.getHeight(), matrix, true);

Upload image from Android app to server using PHP without any library

Image uploading is necessary in any Android app now a days.
We can upload image to our server from the Android app. Here I used PHP at the server side to catch and save the image file.

Here we did it without using any kind of external library. So you can directly use it in your project without any hassle.

First we pick the image from the gallery. You can checkout my article, “Pick image from gallery before and after KITKAT version in Android” and get the path of the image file in the “path” variable.

Then use following code snippet to upload that image to the server.

String lineEnd = "\r\n";
String twoHyphens = "--";
String boundary = "*****";
try {
  connectURL = new URL("http://example.com/imageupload.php");
  HttpURLConnection conn = (HttpURLConnection) connectURL.openConnection();
  conn.setRequestProperty("Connection", "Keep-Alive");
  conn.setRequestProperty("Content-Type", "multipart/form-data;boundary=" + boundary);

  DataOutputStream dos = new DataOutputStream(conn.getOutputStream());
  dos.writeBytes(twoHyphens + boundary + lineEnd);

  HashMap<String, String> params = new HashMap<>();
  params.put("key", "value");	//post params that you want yo send
  StringBuilder result = new StringBuilder();
  for (Map.Entry<String, String> entry : params.entrySet()) {
    result.append("Content-Disposition: form-data; name=\"" + entry.getKey() + "\"" + lineEnd);
    result.append(twoHyphens + boundary + lineEnd);

  if (!String.valueOf("").equals(path)) {
    dos.writeBytes("Content-Disposition: form-data; name=\"" + "picture" + "\";filename=\"" + "picture.jpg" + "\"" + lineEnd);
    fis = new FileInputStream(path);
    int bytesAvailable = fis.available();

    int maxBufferSize = 8192;
    int bufferSize = Math.min(bytesAvailable, maxBufferSize);
    byte[] buffer = new byte[bufferSize];

    int bytesRead = fis.read(buffer, 0, bufferSize);

    while (bytesRead > 0) {
      dos.write(buffer, 0, bufferSize);
      bytesAvailable = fis.available();
      bufferSize = Math.min(bytesAvailable, maxBufferSize);
      bytesRead = fis.read(buffer, 0, bufferSize);
    dos.writeBytes(twoHyphens + boundary + lineEnd);

  InputStream is = conn.getInputStream();

  int ch;

  StringBuffer b = new StringBuffer();
  while ((ch = is.read()) != -1) {
    b.append((char) ch);
  json = b.toString();
} catch (MalformedURLException ex) {
} catch (IOException ioe) {

Make sure that you call this code snippet inside of AsyncTask or Thread. Once you get the response from the server, your image has been uploaded to the server.

Now here is the code for PHP to move the uploaded to the same directory as php file.

    move_uploaded_file($_FILES['picture']['tmp_name'], $_FILES['picture']['name']);

And done! You can find your uploaded image in “images” directory on your server.