Rotate UIImageView in xcode

Posted on 2011-09-12
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I wish to create a swirl affect when displaying an image in xcode (for the iPhone).

I have the image "swelling" and "shrinking", but when I apply CGAffineTransformMakeRotation the image seems to rotate around x and y axis' (as well as swell and shrink).

I simply, about the center point, wish to have it spin around and around.  

LIke I said, it spins but appears to be spinning in 3D.
Question by:classnet
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ID: 36530613
So are you looking to rotate the image around a center point?  Could you post what you have now?

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ID: 36530732
From the center point... like a pinwheel
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One way that you can do this is overlay the UIImageView on a separate UIView, and then rotate that.  Perhaps something like below:

    UIView *view_to_rotate = [[UIView alloc] init];
    [view_to_rotate setFrame:CGRectMake(150, 200, 1, 1)];
    [view_to_rotate setClipsToBounds:NO];
    UIImageView *content_view = [[UIImageView alloc] init];
    CGFloat imageHeight = 200;
    CGFloat imageWidth = 200;
    [content_view setFrame:CGRectMake((imageWidth / 2) * -1, (imageHeight / 2) * -1, imageHeight, imageWidth)];
    [content_view setBackgroundColor:[UIColor blueColor]];
    [view_to_rotate addSubview:content_view];
    [content_view release];
    [self.view addSubview:view_to_rotate];
    [UIView animateWithDuration:1.0 animations:^(void) {
        [view_to_rotate setTransform:CGAffineTransformMakeRotation(3.1415926535)];
    [view_to_rotate release];

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If you run the code above, you will notice that it rotates a blue square around the middle instead of the top-left corner.

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ID: 36531084
Here my code below...

CGRect theFrame = thePie.frame;
        theSpin = theSpin + 0.01745333333333;
        thePie.transform = CGAffineTransformMakeRotation(theSpin);
        theFrame.size.width = 250 * incrementStep;
        theFrame.size.height = 250 * incrementStep;
        incrementStep += incrementValue;
        thePie.frame = theFrame; =;

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Expert Comment

ID: 36531087
Have you tried what I showed above?

Author Comment

ID: 36531153
No... was hoping you could see my code and make a simple tweak suggestion.  
With my code it seems to rotate like a pinwheel but also front to back.  It doesn't rotate on a plane, but rather in space.
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SpeedyApocalypse earned 500 total points
ID: 36531179
From what you are showing in that code, it seems like "thePie" is simply rotating on it's top left corner.  Add "thePie" to a blank UIView like I described in my code, and then rotate that instead of "thePie".  You can apply other effects directly to "thePie", just not the rotation transformation.

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ID: 36531297
No can do... don't understand when to put code in .h file or .m file... yep... I'm stumbling along here.

So it appears that you declare an UIView, setFrame (whatever that means) and don't set clips to bounds.

Then you made an UIImageView and put a blue square in it, added it to the rotating UIView and then released the content view (guess you can do that once you added it to the UIView).

Then you added the rotating UIView to a parent container and instructed it to rotate 360 degree's in a seconds time.

You also make it seem that you can not rotate an imageview... only a view.

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Rotating imageviews work - it is just that we needed to position a blank UIView in the middle of where you had your real view.  From there, we can rotate that blank UIView, and since we positioned the center of our new image at the top left corner of the UIView, it appears as if it is rotating from the middle.

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