Drawing outside the paint() method

I want to do the following:

After a Panel in a Panel is drawn with its Components I want to draw the borders of that inner Panel. I tried to do the following:

public void drawLabeledBounds(Container container, String label)
      Graphics gc = container.getGraphics();

      FontMetrics fm = gc.getFontMetrics();

      int length = container.size().width;
      int height =container.size().height;

gc.draw3DRect(.....);             //doesn'twork
//and even this doesn't work:
...}// end drawLabeledBounds

How can I realize to draw the bounds of that inner Panel (I want to put a String into the upper edge later!).

Presently it is painted but then taken away (perhaps through the validate() method I have to call because the size of the Components change during initialization).

By the way, all the other Panels (including the outer Panel of the Panel we've talked about!) have a 3D-Border and I realized it by invoking the method responsible for drawing the borders out of the paint() method.
But doing this the same way with the inner Panel it doesn't work!!! Why???
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jmcarneyConnect With a Mentor Commented:

One of your problems will be that Component objects contained in your Panel are drawing over your border... Another problem is that you are performing drawing outside of the paint() method. This is not a reliable method of drawing objects. It's also unwieldy!

To overcome the first problem, override your Panel's getInsets() method. The second problem is overcome by overriding paint() and invoking your border paint before invoking the ancestral paint() method.

The class skeleton below outlines the kind of structure you need.

class MyPanel

  public Insets getInsets ()
    // Compute border size...
    return new Insets (...) ;

  public void paintBorder (Graphics g)
    // Draw border...

  public void paint (Graphics g)
    paintBorder (g) ;
    // Invoke ancestral paint method to draw Components.
    super.paint (g) ;


John Carney

overriding getInsets() creates a margin around a Container in which components will not be placed so that they won't draw over your border.

It may also be excluded in the Container's clip region - I can't remember off-hand whether this is so. If you try my solution and it still doesn't work, then it is probably because your border is clipped. To get around this, you need to extend the clip region to cover the entire Panel. The following code should do the trick...

  public void paintBorder (Graphics g)
    Shape oldClip = g.getClip () ; // Save current clip region.

    // Extend clip region to cover entire object.
    g.setClip (0, 0, getSize ().width, getSize.height) ;

    // Paint border...

    g.setClip (oldClip) ; // Restore original clip region.

John Carney

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