Say you've got a 15px image, inside a 20px imageview, with contentmode set to UIViewContentModeCenter. Well, you'd expect it to be centered at 1:1 (eg no scaling). But it appears fuzzy, because its origin won't be at a rounded pixel boundary, it'll be at a fraction. If you look at the maths it makes sense:

  • The image is 15px, centered inside a 20px view
  • The image will be drawn at: 20/2 - 15/2 = 2.5px
Hence it'll be fuzzy, because the offset is at a 1/2 pixel boundary, and images (in ios) are drawn using subpixel precision in much the same was as fonts are. So the solution is to make it centered inside a 21px (or 19px) view:
  • The image is 15px, centered inside a 21px view
  • The image will be drawn at: 21/2 - 15/2 = 3px, hence will be drawn sharply.
Other reasons for fuzzy graphics can be seen here:

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Chris Hulbert

(Comp Sci, Hons - UTS)

iOS Developer (Freelancer / Contractor) in Australia.

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