AWT - SPLessons

AWT Colors

Chapter 5

SPLessons 5 Steps, 3 Clicks
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AWT Colors

AWT Colors

shape Introduction

AWT Colors give extra effects to applets and make them more appealing. In AWT Colors chapter, one can learn about:

  • Fonts and its attributes.
  • AWT Colors and models in Colors.


shape Description

A font is a text string that is visible to the end user. This text string can be displayed with the help of text field or can be drawn on the screen.

shape Declaration

java.awt.font class can be declared as follows:

public class Font extends Object implements Serializable

Font object can be created using the above three parameters in the font constructor.

Font f = new Font(String fontName, int fontStyle, int fontSize);

Font Names

shape Description

There are five font names that are supported by the Compiler, they are:

If either of the above five are used in the object creation, then default Dialog, Plain and 12 size is executed.

Font Styles

shape Description

Font class is represented in 3 symbolic constants, they are:

BOLD|ITALIC is a combination of bold and italic font. To underline the below fonts, use FontMetrics Class.

Font Size

shape Description

Font size will be represented in the form of an integer. It can be increased or decreased as per the requirement. By default, the size of the font will be 12. Below are some of the examples of fonts with font names and style.

shape More Info

FontMetrics abstract class of Java gives detailed information about a font and placement of strings i.e the height and width of the strings. getAscent, getLeading, getDescent getHeight, and getWidths are some of the methods of this class.

shape Examples

import java.awt.*;
import java.awt.event.WindowAdapter;
import java.awt.event.WindowEvent;
//public class UsingFonts {

  public class SPlessons extends Frame
    public void paint(Graphics g)
      Font f = new Font("Monospaced", Font.ITALIC, 12);

      g.drawString("Font Particulars: " + g.getFont(), 15, 60);
      g.drawString("Font Name: " + f.getFontName(), 15, 100);
      g.drawString("Font Style: " + f.getStyle(), 15, 75);
      g.drawString("Font Size: " + f.getSize(), 15, 100);
      g.drawString("isBold(): " + f.isBold(), 15, 120);
      g.drawString("isItalic(): " + f.isItalic(), 15, 150);
      g.drawString("isPlain(): " + f.isItalic(), 15, 160);
      addWindowListener(new WindowAdapter(){
         public void windowClosing(WindowEvent we)
    public static void main(String args[])
      Frame myFrame = new SPlessons();
      myFrame.setSize(500, 250);



AWT Colors

shape Description

Adding AWT Colors improves the readability. This can be done by adding the color class to the java.awt package.

shape Declaration

java.awt.Color class can be declared as follows:
public class Color extends Object implements Paint, Serializable

shape Formats

There are two formats to define Color, they are:

shape Description

RGB Model: Red, Green and Blue are the primary colors in this model through which many other colors can be formed by their combination. The value ranges between 0 and 255.If the value is not between the range, IllegalArgumentException is thrown.

Syntax: Color c = new Color(int red, int green, int blue);

HSB Model: Hue, Saturation and Brightness forms the HSB Model. Color Constructor will be passed with the values ranging between 0.0f and 1.0f. If the value is not between the range, IllegalArgumentException is thrown.

Syntax: Color c = new Color(float red, float green, float blue);

shape Standard

shape Examples

public class UsingColors extends Frame
  public void paint(Graphics g)
    Color clr1 = new Color(200, 25, 100);
    g.drawString("Color set to graphics: " + g.getColor(), 50, 60);    
    g.drawString("Red component: " + clr1.getRed(), 50, 80);
    g.drawString("Green component: " + clr1.getGreen(), 50, 100);
    g.drawString("Blue component: " + clr1.getBlue(), 50, 120);
  public static void main(String args[])
    Frame f1 = new UsingColors();
    f1.setSize(300, 200);


Comparison of HSB and RGB

shape Table

Color Red Green Blue Hue Saturation Brightness
Black 0 0 0 0 0 0
Blue 0 0 255 .666667 1 1
Cyan 0 255 255 .5 1 1
Green 0 255 0 .333333 1 1
Orange 255 200 0 .130719 1 1
Pink 255 175 175 0 1 1
Red 255 0 0 0 1 1
White 255 255 255 0 0 1
Yellow 255 255 0 .166667 1 1


shape Key Points

  • Font has name, style & size and java.awt.font is the class.
  • Monospaced, Serif, SansSerif, Dialog, and DialogInput are the Font names and Plain, Bold, and Italic are the Font Styles.
  • RGB and HSB are the Color Formats.