Java2D opaque plastic look

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For customizing the look of your lightweight component and making it look opaque like it was made of plastic.  This tip assumes your component to be of rectangular shape and completely opaque.

public void paint(Graphics2D g2d, Object arg1, int w, int h) {
    //your graphic code here...
        new GradientPaint(
            0, 0, new Color(255, 255, 255, 150), 0, h, new Color(0, 0, 0, 0)
    g2d.fillRect(0, 0, w, h);

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