layout – Can I use multiple shapes in one Android drawable?-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

What I’m trying to do is define a common background for use in a LinearLayout which frequents my application on many of its Activitys. This particular layout is a header that shows on the top of each activity.

What I’m trying to do is create a drawable that fills the linearlayout with a gradient and has a horizontal line below the gradient.

Does anyone know if this is possible or do I have to do this sort of thing only with nested layouts.

My attemptat the drawable xml is

 <selector xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
<item>
<shape xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android"
    android:shape="rectangle">
    <gradient android:startColor="#AA000000" android:endColor="#AA333333"
        android:angle="270" />
</shape>
</item>
<item>
<shape android:shape="line">
    <stroke android:width="3dp" android:color="#FFFFFFFF"
            android:dashWidth="1dp" android:dashGap="2dp" />
    <size android:height="5dp" />
</shape>
</item>
</selector>
How to solve:

Drawable accepts multiple shapes, (defined always in others files) if i understand your question maybe you can do a Layer drawable (this draws multiple underlying drawables on top of each other)

i write this here, so, i dont tested, but try this and read this fantastic documentation.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <layer-list xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
        <item android:drawable="@drawable/shape_7"/>
        <item android:drawable="@drawable/shape_1"/>
    </layer-list>

the android complete xml resources

cheers

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Use gravity to set your items in layer-list.

    for vertical orientation use:
    android:gravity="top"
    android:gravity="center"
    android:gravity="bottom"
    for horizontal orientation use:
    android:gravity="left"
    android:gravity="center"
    android:gravity="right"
<layer-list
           xmlns:android="http://schemas.android.com/apk/res/android">
          <item>
                <bitmap
                   android:src="@drawable/top_img"
                   android:gravity="top"/>
          </item>
          <item>
                <bitmap
                   android:src="@drawable/center_img"
                   android:gravity="center"/>
          </item>
          <item>
                <bitmap
                   android:src="@drawable/bottom_img"
                   android:gravity="bottom"/>
          </item>
</layer-list>

Be sure that the parent element has enough space to hold all the items!
Otherwise they will overlap each other

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