UITabBarItem image created in code doesn’t appear


I create the following View in code, the idea is to use it as an image in UITableViewCell and UITabBarItem:

- (void)drawRect:(CGRect)rect { // Fill the background with white CGContextRef context = UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext(); UIColor * whiteColor = [UIColor colorWithRed:1.0 green:1.0 blue:1.0 alpha:1.0]; CGContextSetFillColorWithColor(context, whiteColor.CGColor); CGContextFillRect(context, self.bounds); //// Color Declarations UIColor* fillColor = [UIColor colorWithRed: 1.0 green: 1.0 blue: 1.0 alpha: 1.0]; UIColor* strokeColor = [UIColor colorWithRed: 0.0 green: 0.0 blue: 0.0 alpha: 1.0]; //// Big Oval Drawing CGRect bigOvalRect = CGRectMake(rect.origin.x+2, rect.origin.y+5, 42.0, 42.0); UIBezierPath* bigOvalPath = [UIBezierPath bezierPath]; [bigOvalPath addArcWithCenter: CGPointMake(CGRectGetMidX(bigOvalRect), CGRectGetMidY(bigOvalRect)) radius: CGRectGetWidth(bigOvalRect) / 2 startAngle: 40 * M_PI/180 endAngle: 320 * M_PI/180 clockwise: YES]; [fillColor setFill]; [bigOvalPath fill]; [strokeColor setStroke]; bigOvalPath.lineWidth = 1; [bigOvalPath stroke]; }

To create an UIImage from this UIView I am using this code:

#import <QuartzCore/QuartzCore.h> + (UIImage *) imageWithView:(UIView *)view { UIGraphicsBeginImageContextWithOptions(view.bounds.size, view.opaque, 0.0); [view.layer renderInContext:UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext()]; UIImage * img = UIGraphicsGetImageFromCurrentImageContext(); UIGraphicsEndImageContext(); return img; }

Everything works as expected when I use it in my UITableViewCells but when I set it as the image of my UITabBarItem I only see a blue rectangle (iOS7):

MyIcon *icon = [[MyIcon alloc] initWithFrame:CGRectMake(0.0, 0.0, 50.0, 50.0)]; UIImage *tabImage =[self imageWithView:icon]; self.navigationController.tabBarItem.image = tabImage;

I guess it is something related with the <strong>alpha</strong> of the image but how can I fix it?


It wasn't a problem related to the size of the view but to its alpha.

I fixed it by setting the backgroundColor (was whiteColor) and the fillColor to:

[UIColor clearColor]

and by setting the view as opaque in the initWithFrame: method:

[self setOpaque = NO];


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