To finish our tip calculator, we'll need to add some final touches to styling and implement our light/dark theme switch.

Let's review what our app looks like so far:

Current App

Next, let's take a look at our designs:

Final Design

Although the differences are subtle, to complete our UI, we'll need to add the following:

  • header view shadow
  • input card rounded corners
  • output card rounded corners
  • reset button rounded corners
  • output card border

Let's start by making these changes!

Configuring Layers

To make our final UI changes, we'll need to learn about CALayer.

Each UIView object has a layer property of type CALayer. The view's layer is a lower-level API that gives developers more control on how the view is rendered.

By using each view's layer property, we can easily create shadows, add rounded corners and display borders.

Before we start with configuring our view's layers, let's first create a new, empty method in our view controller.

In ViewController.swift, add the following function:

func setupViews() {
    // nothing yet

We'll use this method to add code that initially configures each view's respective layer.

This function will need to be called at the beginning of the view controller's lifecycle so it initially makes all of our layer customizations.

In ViewController.swift, call setupViews() in viewDidLoad():

override func viewDidLoad() {


    billAmountTextField.calculateButtonAction = {

With our near setupViews() method, we can add the code for adding a shadow to the bottom of the header view.

Add a shadow by configuring the Header View's layer:

func setupViews() {
    headerView.layer.shadowOffset = CGSize(width: 0, height: 1)
    headerView.layer.shadowOpacity = 0.05
    headerView.layer.shadowColor =
    headerView.layer.shadowRadius = 35

CALayer has many attributes that allow you to configure a view's appearance. In the code above, we add code to create a slight shadow for our Header View.

Build and run your project. You should see your shadow appear under your Header View:

Header Shadow

The shadow in our UI is soft and can be hard to see. If you want to test that your code works, you can adjust the layer's shadowOpacity to a value closer to 1. Don't forget to change the value back after testing.

Next, we'll look at setting a view's layer to have rounded corners.

Rounded Corners

Similar to setting our shadow, each CALayer also has a cornerRadius property that we can adjust to give our view a rounded corner.

Let's add the code to give our Input Card rounded corners.

Add rounded corners to the input card:

func setupViews() {
    headerView.layer.shadowOffset = CGSize(width: 0, height: 1)
    headerView.layer.shadowOpacity = 0.05
    headerView.layer.shadowColor =
    headerView.layer.shadowRadius = 35

    inputCardView.layer.cornerRadius = 8
    inputCardView.layer.masksToBounds = true

It's important to note that we also set the layer's maskToBounds property to true. This prevents our view's content from appearing outside of our rounded corner's boundary.

Let's test that our code works!

Build and run your project the updates to your UI:

Input Rounded Corners

Easy enough! Time to practice on your own.

Add rounded corners (with the same corner radius as above) to give both the outputCardView and resetButton rounded corners.

To add rounded corners for both views, you should have added the code below to your setupViews() method:

func setupViews() {

    // ...

    outputCardView.layer.cornerRadius = 8
    outputCardView.layer.masksToBounds = true

    resetButton.layer.cornerRadius = 8
    resetButton.layer.masksToBounds = true


To finish up our UI changes, we'll need to add a border to our output card. Again, CALayer has two properties: borderWidth and borderColor that allow us to set a border for a layer. No surprise...

Add the following code to setupViews():

func setupViews() {

    // ...

    outputCardView.layer.cornerRadius = 8
    outputCardView.layer.masksToBounds = true

    // set output card border
    outputCardView.layer.borderWidth = 1
    outputCardView.layer.borderColor = UIColor.tcHotPink.cgColor

    resetButton.layer.cornerRadius = 8
    resetButton.layer.masksToBounds = true

We've finished styling our tip calculator's subviews. Your tip calculator should look like the following:

Finished UI

Light / Dark Theme

The last feature we need to implement is the ability to toggle themes. Currently, our app has a light colored theme. When we're finished, our UISwitch will be able to toggle from our light colored theme to a dark one (and vice versa.)

Let's start by creating a new function that will eventually contain all our theme switching code.

In ViewController.swift, add the following new method:

func setTheme(isDark: Bool) {


Next, we'll create a new data structure that contains each theme's color information. When we're done, we'll be able to use this object to switch between themes.

Create a new ColorTheme struct:

  1. Press CMD-N to create a new file into your project. New File Template
  2. Select Swift File and click Next . Select Swift Template
  3. Name your new Swift file ColorTheme.swift and click Create. Set Struct Name

When you're finished, you should see a new Swift source file named ColorTheme.swift:

New Empty File

With our new source file, we can create our ColorTheme data structure.

In ColorTheme.swift, add the following code:

import UIKit

struct ColorTheme {

    // MARK: - Instance Vars

    let isDefaultStatusBar: Bool
    let viewControllerBackgroundColor: UIColor

    let primaryColor: UIColor
    let primaryTextColor: UIColor

    let secondaryColor: UIColor

    let accentColor: UIColor
    let outputTextColor: UIColor

We create a new struct that contains the data for each theme. Each property in ColorTheme sets the color of a corresponding view in our tip calculator's UI.

Using our ColorTheme struct, we can create our light and dark color themes. We'll do this using class variables.

In ColorTheme.swift, create two new class variables:

struct ColorTheme {

    // MARK: - Class Vars

    static let light = ColorTheme(isDefaultStatusBar: true,
                                  viewControllerBackgroundColor: .tcOffWhite,
                                  primaryColor: .tcWhite,
                                  primaryTextColor: .tcCharcoal,
                                  secondaryColor: .tcDarkBlue,
                                  accentColor: .tcHotPink,
                                  outputTextColor: .tcAlmostBlack)

    static let dark = ColorTheme(isDefaultStatusBar: false,
                                 viewControllerBackgroundColor: .tcAlmostBlack,
                                 primaryColor: .tcMediumBlack,
                                 primaryTextColor: .tcWhite,
                                 secondaryColor: .tcBlueBlack,
                                 accentColor: .tcSeafoamGreen,
                                 outputTextColor: .tcWhite)

    // ...


We can use the data from the class variables we created to change the current color theme of our tip calculator.

In ViewController.swift, update setTheme(isDark:) to use our change the color of our tip calculator depending on the active theme.

func setTheme(isDark: Bool) {
    let theme = isDark ? ColorTheme.dark : ColorTheme.light

    view.backgroundColor = theme.viewControllerBackgroundColor

    headerView.backgroundColor = theme.primaryColor
    titleLabel.textColor = theme.primaryTextColor

    inputCardView.backgroundColor = theme.secondaryColor

    billAmountTextField.tintColor = theme.accentColor
    tipPercentSegmentedControl.tintColor = theme.accentColor

    outputCardView.backgroundColor = theme.primaryColor
    outputCardView.layer.borderColor = theme.accentColor.cgColor

    tipAmountTitleLabel.textColor = theme.primaryTextColor
    totalAmountTitleLabel.textColor = theme.primaryTextColor

    tipAmountLabel.textColor = theme.outputTextColor
    totalAmountLabel.textColor = theme.outputTextColor

    resetButton.backgroundColor = theme.secondaryColor

In addition, we'll need to add some more code to make sure the color of our status bar is correctly updated.

In ViewController.swift, add the following properties to the top of your class:

class ViewController: UIViewController {

    // MARK: - Properties

    // 1
    var isDefaultStatusBar = true

    // 2
    override var preferredStatusBarStyle: UIStatusBarStyle {
        return isDefaultStatusBar ? .default : .lightContent

    // ...


Explaining the new properties we added:

  1. isDefaultStatusBar keeps our Bool of whether we should show the default or light status bar. If default, the status bar color is black.
  2. We override the preferredStatusBarStyle property and use isDefaultStatusBar to set our view controller's status bar style.

You might be wondering 'Why we need two properties to set the status bar style?'. Good question. Our preferredStatusBarStyle property is inherited from our super class and can't be set directly. Because of this, we need our isDefaultStatusBar variable to keep track of which status bar style preferredStatusBarStyle should display.

To make sure our status bar is updated when our theme is toggled, we'll need to add the following code to our setTheme(isDark:) method.

In ViewController.swift, update setTheme(isDark:):

func setTheme(isDark: Bool) {

    // ...

    isDefaultStatusBar = theme.isDefaultStatusBar

Implementing Our IBAction

To toggle our theme each time our UISwitch is toggled, we'll need to connect our setTheme(isDark:) to our themeToggled(_:) method.

Call setTheme(isDark:) in themeToggled(_:):

@IBAction func themeToggled(_ sender: UISwitch) {
    setTheme(isDark: sender.isOn)

Our theme will be switched from light to dark and vice versa each time our UISwitch is toggled. The theme will be set corresponding to the switch's isOn property.

Initial Theme Setup

To clean up, we'll need to make sure to set the initial theme state for our tip calculator. We can do this by calling our setTheme(isDark:) at the beginning of our view controller lifecycle.

In ViewController.swift, change your view controller to the following:

override func viewDidLoad() {

    setTheme(isDark: false)

    billAmountTextField.calculateButtonAction = {

We call setTheme(isDark: false) so that when our view controller's view are first setup, our initial theme will be set.

Let's test our code to see if it works!

Build and run your project. Toggle the UISwitch to switch between light and dark color themes. If everything goes well, you should be able to use your tip calculator in dark mode! Which theme do you like better?

Finished UI Dark

After implementing our theming feature, we've completed our tip calculator's functionality and design! In the next section, we'll review what we've learned and set you on a challenge to practice your new skills.


If you have feedback on this tutorial or find any mistakes, please open issues on the GitHub Repository or comment below.

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