android – Invert colors of drawable-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

Is it possible to “invert” colors in a Drawable? Kind of what you have in a negative, you know?

I know it’s possible to change a Drawable to black and white, but what about inverting colors?

How to solve:

After some research I found out that solution is much simpler than I thought.

Here it is:

   * Color matrix that flips the components (<code>-1.0f * c + 255 = 255 - c</code>)
   * and keeps the alpha intact.
  private static final float[] NEGATIVE = { 
    -1.0f,     0,     0,    0, 255, // red
        0, -1.0f,     0,    0, 255, // green
        0,     0, -1.0f,    0, 255, // blue
        0,     0,     0, 1.0f,   0  // alpha  

  drawable.setColorFilter(new ColorMatrixColorFilter(NEGATIVE));


Best way to do this would be to convert your drawable into a bitmap:

Bitmap fromDrawable = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(context.getResources(),R.drawable.drawable_resource);

And then invert it as per:

And then back to a drawable if you need to:

Drawable invertedDrawable = new BitmapDrawable(getResources(),fromDrawable);


According your answer I created short Kotlin extension for Drawable

private val negative = floatArrayOf(
    -1.0f,     .0f,     .0f,    .0f,  255.0f, 
      .0f,   -1.0f,     .0f,    .0f,  255.0f, 
      .0f,     .0f,   -1.0f,    .0f,  255.0f, 
      .0f,     .0f,     .0f,   1.0f,     .0f 

fun Drawable.toNegative() {
    this.colorFilter = ColorMatrixColorFilter(negative)

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