Signature Capture In Java

Want to create paint like application where we can capture signature in java. Here is sample code to do it

package com.ashwin;

import java.awt.BorderLayout;
import java.awt.Button;
import java.awt.Color;
import java.awt.Component;
import java.awt.Container;
import java.awt.Graphics;
import java.awt.Graphics2D;
import java.awt.GridLayout;
import java.awt.Point;
import java.awt.event.ActionEvent;
import java.awt.event.ActionListener;
import java.awt.event.MouseEvent;
import java.awt.event.MouseListener;
import java.awt.event.MouseMotionListener;
import java.awt.image.BufferedImage;
import java.util.Iterator;

import javax.imageio.IIOImage;
import javax.imageio.ImageIO;
import javax.imageio.ImageWriteParam;
import javax.imageio.ImageWriter;
import javax.swing.JApplet;
import javax.swing.JPanel;
import javax.swing.JScrollPane;
import javax.swing.JSplitPane;
import javax.swing.JTextArea;

 * @author Ashwin
public class SignatureCapture extends JApplet {

	public BufferedImage image = null;
	private JPanel canvas = new JPanel();
	private JPanel colorPanel = new JPanel();
	private Point lastPos = null;
	private Button captureButton = new Button("Capture");
	private Graphics gc;
	Graphics2D imageG = null;

	 * (non-Javadoc)
	 * @see java.applet.Applet#init()
	public void init() {
		// TODO Auto-generated method stub

		setSize(600, 200);

		image = new BufferedImage(getWidth(), getHeight(),

		// get the image Graphics object
		imageG = image.createGraphics();
		colorPanel.setLayout(new GridLayout());
		canvas.setSize(getWidth(), getHeight());

		captureButton.setSize(100, 50);
		getContentPane().add(canvas, BorderLayout.CENTER);

		// get the Graphics Context
		gc = canvas.getGraphics();
		gc.fillRect(0, 0, image.getWidth(), image.getHeight());

		imageG.fillRect(0, 0, image.getWidth(), image.getHeight());

		captureButton.addActionListener(new ActionListener() {

			public void actionPerformed(ActionEvent a) {
				try {
					Container cp = getContentPane();
					final Component comp = cp.add(new JSplitPane(
							JSplitPane.HORIZONTAL_SPLIT, new JScrollPane(
									new JTextArea()), new JScrollPane(
									new JTextArea())));
					// cp.add(canvas);

					File filetoSave = new File("c:\\temp\\test4.jpeg");

					// If the file does not exist or the user gives permission,
					// save image to file.

					ImageWriter writer = null;
					ImageOutputStream ios = null;

					try {
						// Obtain a writer based on the jpeg format.

						Iterator iter;
						iter = ImageIO.getImageWritersByFormatName("jpeg");

						// Validate existence of writer.

						if (!iter.hasNext()) {

						// Extract writer.

						writer = (ImageWriter);

						// Configure writer output destination.

						ios = ImageIO.createImageOutputStream(filetoSave);

						// Set JPEG compression quality to 95%.

						ImageWriteParam iwp = writer.getDefaultWriteParam();

						// Write the image.

						writer.write(null, new IIOImage((BufferedImage) image,
								null, null), iwp);
					} catch (IOException e2) {
					} finally {
						try {
							// Cleanup.

							if (ios != null) {

							if (writer != null)
						} catch (IOException e2) {

				} catch (Exception e) {

		canvas.addMouseMotionListener(new MouseMotionListener() {
			public void mouseDragged(MouseEvent m) {
				// the mouse(pen) was dragged, so the pixels at coords found in
				// MouseEvent m must be updated with current color
				Point p = m.getPoint();
				gc.drawLine(lastPos.x, lastPos.y, p.x, p.y);
				imageG.drawLine(lastPos.x, lastPos.y, p.x, p.y);
				lastPos = p;

			public void mouseMoved(MouseEvent m) {
		canvas.addMouseListener(new MouseListener() {
			public void mouseClicked(MouseEvent e) {

			public void mousePressed(MouseEvent e) {
				lastPos = e.getPoint();

			public void mouseReleased(MouseEvent e) {
				lastPos = null;

			public void mouseEntered(MouseEvent e) {

			public void mouseExited(MouseEvent e) {

	public SignatureCapture() {

	public static void main(String[] args) {
		SignatureCapture p = new SignatureCapture();


4 thoughts on “Signature Capture In Java

  1. Hi Ashwin,

    Great piece of code – although I am just wondering how you would go about calling this from another class. I’ve tried all the basics, just getting stuck! Any hints?

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