I was excited about the arrival of Graphics 2.0 in Corona SDK, because it meant that I could improve the shadow and glow in my custom text module.
It all started when I wanted some nicer looking text in an upcoming Corona app. Nothing fancy, just a thin glow around the letters and a nice drop shadow. So I searched Google for “corona sdk shadow”, “corona sdk font effects”, and various other phrases that didn’t end up giving me what I was looking for. No problem, I thought, I can create my own module to apply glow and shadow effects to text.
After researching algorithms for creating glow and shadow effects, I created my styled text module, but I wasn’t happy with the results. The shadow and glow effects weren’t smooth, they had hard pixel edges in them:
Notice that unsightly staircase effect on the drop shadow. I thought there must be a better way. After more research I discovered that the shadow and glow could be improved by blurring them slightly, like this:
Much better, thanks to the new Gaussian Blur effect. Here is a preview of the different text effects possible in the module, including adding shadow and glow together:
If this is the kind of simple but effective text effects that you’re looking for, then check out the Corona SDK module on GitHub: