The Java 2D API is a set of classes for advanced 2D graphics and imaging, encompassing line art, text, and images in a single comprehensive model. The API provides extensive support for image compositing and alpha channel images, a set of classes to provide accurate color space definition and conversion, and a rich set of display-oriented imaging operators.

What's New

New Java 2D Features in J2SE 5.0

For Developers

Download Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.5.0 Beta 1

Download Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition (J2SE) 1.4

Tech Reference

Java 2D API Documentation


2D Graphics Tutorial


High Performance Graphics

A whitepaper describing the performance enhancements in the Java 2 SDK, version 1.4. Also available in PDF format.

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