Widget graphics tips and tricks

The Android team has developed a few tricks for aligning widget artwork within standard widget bounding boxes and frames, so the widget aligns visually with other widgets and the other elements of the Home screen, as well as other techniques for creating widgets.

• Use a screen shot from the Android SDK emulator to align both the shapes and shadows of your widget controls with the Search widget and with other elements on the Home screen.

Cut the widget artwork asset" based on the full size of a cell, including any padding you want. (That is, for a 4 x 1 widget, cut the asset at 320 by 100 pixels.)

• To reduce banding when exporting a widget, apply the following Photoshop Add Noise setting to your graphic.

Add Noise

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