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    trbox is offline Member
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    Question How do I use multiple background colors?

    I want to "split" my frame into two areas, where the background color in the northern area should be blue, and the background in the southern area should be green.

    Is this possible without drawing two filled rectangles with the respective colors?

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    masijade is offline Senior Member
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    Decided to to whip up a test class, since I hadn't used JLayeredPane before. The method "createLayeredPane" and the way it is used in this class can both be directly taken and used anywhere (although you will probably want to set and/or paramatarise the colors).

    Java Code:
    package test;
    import java.awt.BorderLayout;
    import java.awt.Color;
    import java.awt.Container;
    import java.awt.GridBagConstraints;
    import java.awt.GridBagLayout;
    import java.awt.Insets;
    import javax.swing.JButton;
    import javax.swing.JComponent;
    import javax.swing.JFrame;
    import javax.swing.JLabel;
    import javax.swing.JLayeredPane;
    import javax.swing.JPanel;
    public class LayeredTest {
        private static Container createLayeredPane(JComponent content) {
            // Create a LayeredPane and set the constraints values that remain constant
            JLayeredPane jlp = new JLayeredPane();
            GridBagLayout gbl = new GridBagLayout();
            GridBagConstraints gbc = new GridBagConstraints();
            gbc.anchor = GridBagConstraints.CENTER;
            gbc.fill = GridBagConstraints.BOTH;
            gbc.gridwidth = GridBagConstraints.REMAINDER;
            gbc.gridx = 0;
            gbc.insets = new Insets(0, 0, 0, 0);
            gbc.ipadx = 0;
            gbc.ipady = 0;
            gbc.weightx = 1.0;
            gbc.weighty = 0.5;
            // Create and add the "top half" background
            JPanel north = new JPanel();
            gbc.gridheight = 1;
            gbc.gridy = 0;
            gbl.setConstraints(north, gbc);
            jlp.add(north, gbc);
            jlp.setLayer(north, JLayeredPane.DEFAULT_LAYER);
            // Create and add the "bottom half" background
            JPanel south = new JPanel();
            gbc.gridheight = GridBagConstraints.REMAINDER;
            gbc.gridy = 1;
            gbl.setConstraints(south, gbc);
            jlp.add(south, gbc);
            jlp.setLayer(south, JLayeredPane.DEFAULT_LAYER);
            // Add the "content" Pane
            gbc.gridy = 0;
            gbl.setConstraints(content, gbc);
            jlp.add(content, gbc);
            jlp.setLayer(content, JLayeredPane.PALETTE_LAYER);
            return jlp;
        private static void createAndShowGUI() {
            JFrame frame = new JFrame("LayeredTest");
            JPanel content = new JPanel();
            content.setLayout(new BorderLayout());
            content.add(new JLabel("             North             "), BorderLayout.NORTH);
            content.add(new JLabel("             South             "), BorderLayout.SOUTH);
            content.add(new JLabel("East"), BorderLayout.EAST);
            content.add(new JLabel("West"), BorderLayout.WEST);
            content.add(new JButton("Center"), BorderLayout.CENTER);
        public static void main(String[] args) {
            javax.swing.SwingUtilities.invokeLater(new Runnable() {
                public void run() {
    Not necessarily the best way to do this, but I found it an interesting and portable one, so decided to try it.

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