UITextView ruled line background but wrong line height

You should try and draw your lines programmatically rather than using an image. Here’s some sample code of how you could accomplish that. You can subclass UITextView and override it’s drawRect: method.


#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>
@interface NoteView : UITextView <UITextViewDelegate> {


#import "NoteView.h"

@implementation NoteView

- (id)initWithFrame:(CGRect)frame {

    self = [super initWithFrame:frame];
    if (self) {
        self.backgroundColor = [UIColor colorWithRed:1.0f green:1.0f blue:0.6f alpha:1.0f];
        self.font = [UIFont fontWithName:@"MarkerFelt-Thin" size:19];
    return self;

- (void)drawRect:(CGRect)rect {

    //Get the current drawing context   
    CGContextRef context = UIGraphicsGetCurrentContext(); 
    //Set the line color and width
    CGContextSetStrokeColorWithColor(context, [UIColor colorWithRed:0.0f green:0.0f blue:0.0f alpha:0.2f].CGColor);
    CGContextSetLineWidth(context, 1.0f);
    //Start a new Path

    //Find the number of lines in our textView + add a bit more height to draw lines in the empty part of the view
    NSUInteger numberOfLines = (self.contentSize.height + self.bounds.size.height) / self.font.leading;

    //Set the line offset from the baseline. (I'm sure there's a concrete way to calculate this.)
    CGFloat baselineOffset = 6.0f;

    //iterate over numberOfLines and draw each line
    for (int x = 0; x < numberOfLines; x++) {
        //0.5f offset lines up line with pixel boundary
        CGContextMoveToPoint(context, self.bounds.origin.x, self.font.leading*x + 0.5f + baselineOffset);
        CGContextAddLineToPoint(context, self.bounds.size.width, self.font.leading*x + 0.5f + baselineOffset);

    //Close our Path and Stroke (draw) it



#import <UIKit/UIKit.h>
#import "NoteView.h"
@interface MyViewController : UIViewController <UITextViewDelegate> {

    NoteView *note;

@property (nonatomic, retain) NoteView *note;



#import "MyViewController.h"
#import "NoteView.h"


@implementation MyViewController
@synthesize note;

- (void)loadView {
    [super loadView];
    self.note = [[[NoteView alloc] initWithFrame:self.view.bounds] autorelease];
    [self.view addSubview:note];
    note.delegate = self;
    note.text = @"This is the first line.\nThis is the second line.\nThis is the ... line.\nThis is the ... line.\nThis is the ... line.\nThis is the ... line.\nThis is the ... line.\n";

- (void)scrollViewDidScroll:(UIScrollView *)scrollView {
    [note setNeedsDisplay];

- (void)textViewDidBeginEditing:(UITextView *)textView {
    CGRect frame = self.view.bounds;
    frame.size.height -= KEYBOARD_HEIGHT;
    note.frame = frame;

- (void)textViewDidEndEditing:(UITextView *)textView {
    note.frame = self.view.bounds;

- (void)dealloc {
    [note release];
    [super dealloc];

Take a look at Apple’s documentation for Managing the Keyboard, specifically “Moving Content That Is Located Under the Keyboard”. It explains how to listen for NSNotifcations and adjust your views properly.

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