JavaFX Effects - Shadow

This effect creates a duplicate of the specified node with blurry edges.

The class named Shadow of the package javafx.scene.effect represents the sepia tone effect. This class contains six properties, which are −

  • color − This property is of Color type represents the color of the shadow.

  • blur type − This property is of the BlurType and it represents the type of the blur effect used to blur the shadow.

  • radius − This property is of the type double and it represents the radius of the shadow blur kernel.

  • width − This property is of the type double and it represents the width of the shadow blur kernel.

  • height − This property is of the type double and it represents the height of the shadow blur kernel.

  • input − This property is of the type Effect and it represents an input to the shadow effect.


The following program is an example demonstrating the shadow effect of JavaFX. In here, we are drawing the text “Welcome to Tutorialspoint”, and a circle in a scene.

We are applying the shadow effect with the Blur Type Gaussian with the Color Rosy Brown and Height, Width, Radius as 5.

Save this code in a file with the name

import javafx.application.Application; 
import javafx.scene.Group; 
import javafx.scene.Scene; 
import javafx.scene.effect.BlurType; 
import javafx.scene.effect.Shadow; 
import javafx.scene.paint.Color; 
import javafx.scene.shape.Circle; 
import javafx.stage.Stage; 
import javafx.scene.text.Font; 
import javafx.scene.text.FontWeight; 
import javafx.scene.text.Text; 
public class ShadowEffectExample extends Application { 
   public void start(Stage stage) {       
      //Creating a Text object 
      Text text = new Text();       
      //Setting font to the text 
      text.setFont(Font.font(null, FontWeight.BOLD, 40));        
      //setting the position of the text 
      //Setting the text to be embedded. 
      text.setText("Welcome to Tutorialspoint");       
      //Setting the color of the text 
      //Drawing a Circle 
      Circle circle = new Circle();         
      //Setting the center of the circle 
      //Setting the radius of the circle 
      //Instantiating the Shadow class 
      Shadow shadow = new Shadow(); 
      //setting the type of blur for the shadow 
      //Setting color of the shadow 
      //Setting the height of the shadow 
      //Setting the width of the shadow 
      //Setting the radius of the shadow 
      //Applying shadow effect to the text 
      //Applying shadow effect to the circle 
      //Creating a Group object    
      Group root = new Group(circle, text);   
      //Creating a scene object 
      Scene scene = new Scene(root, 600, 300);  
      //Setting title to the Stage 
      stage.setTitle("Bloom effect example");
      //Adding scene to the stage 
      //Displaying the contents of the stage;         
   public static void main(String args[]){ 

Compile and execute the saved java file from the command prompt using the following commands.

java ShadowEffectExample    

On executing, the above program generates a JavaFX window as shown below.

Shadow Effect