An encapsulation of the attributes used to create a drop shadow during drawing operations.


@interface NSShadow : NSObject


Shadows are always drawn in the default user coordinate space, regardless of any transformations applied to that space. This means that rotations, translations and other transformations of the current transformation matrix (the CTM) do not affect the resulting shadow. Another way to think about this is that changes to the CTM do not move or change the apparent position of the shadow’s light source.

There are two positional parameters for a shadow: an x-offset and a y-offset. These values are expressed using a single size data type (CGSize on iOS, NSSize in macOS) and using the units of the default user coordinate space. Positive values for these offsets extend up and to the right.

In addition to its positional parameters, a shadow also contains a blur radius, which specifies how much a drawn object's image mask is blurred before it is composited onto the destination. A value of 0 means there is no blur. Larger values give correspondingly larger amounts of blurring.

An NSShadow object may be used in one of two ways. First, it may be set, like a color or a font, in which case its attributes are applied to all content drawn thereafter—or at least until another shadow is applied or a previous graphics state is restored. Second, it may be used as the value for the NSShadowAttributeName text attribute, in which case it is applied to the glyphs corresponding to the characters bearing this attribute.


Creating a Shadow

- init

Returns an NSShadow object initialized with default values.

Managing a Shadow


The offset values of the shadow.


The blur radius of the shadow.


The color of the shadow.

Setting the Shadow

- set

Sets the shadow of subsequent drawing operations to the shadow represented by the receiver.


Inherits From