Applying a tint to an UIImage with a mask

by @ralfebert · updated November 03, 2021

To partially tint an UIImage, use UIGraphicsImageRenderer and fill with a blend-mode and a mask applied:

import UIKit

let image = UIImage(named: "landscape.jpg")!
let mask = UIImage(named: "mask.png")!

let imageRenderer = UIGraphicsImageRenderer(size: image.size)

let tintedImage = imageRenderer.image { (ctx) in
    let cgContext = ctx.cgContext

    // draw original image
    let rect = CGRect(origin: .zero, size: image.size)
    image.draw(in: rect)

    // save state to restore the clipping mask

    // apply clipping mask accounting for CGImages drawn mirrored
    cgContext.translateBy(x: 0, y: rect.size.height)
    cgContext.scaleBy(x: 1.0, y: -1.0);
    cgContext.clip(to: rect, mask: mask.cgImage!)

    // fill with mask applied

    // remove clipping mask

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