Extract colors from image(bitmap) using Palette in Android

When open the profile page of any person or group in Whatsapp, you will find that the color of the toolbar at top uses the color from the DP of the user or group. It looks good when you use extracted colors from image in your layout. Your layout will blend with the image and other content.

So here we can extract different colors from any image(bitmap) used in our application and use those colors effectively in our app throughout.

Main Color Profiles

First of all there are main 6 type of color profiles in the image that we can extract.

  • Vibrant
  • Vibrant Dark
  • Vibrant Light
  • Muted
  • Muted Dark
  • Muted Light

Most used profile from above are Vibrant and Vibrant Dark. The reason is, vibrant colors are pure, bright, intense, saturated and high chroma color. They stand out in the image and easy to point out. Now if we use those colors in the layout along with the image, it will give a great look. Whatsapp is the best example of it as we discussed earlier.

Every profile(swatch) gives us following information that we can use in the application.

  • population of that color in image
  • hue, saturation, lightness
  • body text color with sufficient contrast with the main color
  • title text color with sufficient contrast with the main color

Now we look at the code to get the Palette from bitmap.

Bitmap b = null;
b = BitmapFactory.decodeResource(getResources(), R.drawable.img1);
Palette p = Palette.from(b).generate();

Here we get the Palette from image(bitmap). Now we extract main 6 different kind of color profile(swatch) from it.

Palette.Swatch psVibrant = p.getVibrantSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psVibrantLight = p.getLightVibrantSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psVibrantDark = p.getDarkVibrantSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psMuted = p.getMutedSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psMutedLight = p.getLightMutedSwatch();
Palette.Swatch psMutedDark = p.getDarkMutedSwatch();

Now we will extract 4 different values from these swatch as described earlier in the article. Here we will take psVibrant as an example.

int color = psVibrant.getRgb();
int population = psVibrant.getPopulation();
float[] hsl = psVibrant.getHsl();
int bodyTextColor = psVibrant.getBodyTextColor();
int titleTextColor = psVibrant.getTitleTextColor();

You can also get other colors from image other than above 6 by following code snippet.

List<Palette.Swatch> pss;
pss = p.getSwatches();
for(int j = 0; j < pss.size(); j++) {
  Palette.Swatch ps = pss.get(j);
  int color = ps.getRgb();
  int population = ps.getPopulation();
  float[] hsl = ps.getHsl();
  int bodyTextColor = ps.getBodyTextColor();
  int titleTextColor = ps.getTitleTextColor();
Other Color Profiles

Turn on and turn off flash light programmatically in Android

Most of times we need to use flash light of our Android device as torch so we have to start camera or other application. But Android provide access to the camera flash in our application so you can turn it on and off using code. Here I’ll show you how to turn on and off it programmatically.

First of all we need to check if the device has the flash light or not. For that we use following condition from PackageManager.

Here is the function for turn on the flash light.

Camera cam = null;
public void turnOnFlashLight() {
    try {
        if (getPackageManager().hasSystemFeature(PackageManager.FEATURE_CAMERA_FLASH)) {
            cam = Camera.open();
            Parameters p = cam.getParameters();
    } catch (Exception e) {
        Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(), "Exception throws in turning on flashlight.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

And to turn of flashlight use following piece of code.

public void turnOffFlashLight() {
    try {
        if (getPackageManager().hasSystemFeature(PackageManager.FEATURE_CAMERA_FLASH)) {
            cam = null;
    } catch (Exception e) {
        Toast.makeText(getBaseContext(), "Exception throws in turning off flashlight.", Toast.LENGTH_SHORT).show();

Here we use Camera class for flashlight.

Here we need to add the following permission to the manifest file. The last one is not generally used in 3rd party apps, it is just use for testing in system apps as per docs.

<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CAMERA" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.FLASHLIGHT"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.HARDWARE_TEST" />

Here you can download full code from github: Flashligh Demo

You can download demo app from Google Play: Flashlight Demo