If you’re anything like me, you are really, really, ridiculously good looking. But you’re also probably a tad forgetful. So when it comes time to scale an image in an `ImageView`

, you cannot for the life of you remember what all the different `ScaleType`

s actually look like on the screen. So, you spend the next 10-15 minutes building and rebuilding your app with each and every scale type to see what they all look like. Then you inevitably forget the difference between two of them and start the whole process all over again. As the kids say, “I gotchu fam”.

Below are screenshots of all the different `ScaleType`

s placed side-by-side. And below that are all the `ScaleType`

definitions copy and pasted directly from the official Android docs. And even further below those is a helpful tip for those brave souls who make it to the end of this post.

## Scale Types

The full descriptions of each `ScaleType`

from the official Android documentation.

`CENTER`

Center the image in the view, but perform no scaling.

`CENTER_CROP`

Scale the image uniformly (maintain the image’s aspect ratio) so that both dimensions (width and height) of the image will be equal to or larger than the corresponding dimension of the view (minus padding).

Scale the image uniformly (maintain the image’s aspect ratio) so that both dimensions (width and height) of the image will be equal to or less than the corresponding dimension of the view (minus padding).

`FIT_CENTER`

Scale the image using `Matrix.ScaleToFit.CENTER`

`Matrix.ScaleToFit.CENTER`

: Compute a scale that will maintain the original src aspect ratio, but will also ensure that src fits entirely inside dst. At least one axis (X or Y) will fit exactly. The result is centered inside dst.

`FIT_END`

Scale the image using `Matrix.ScaleToFit.END`

`Matrix.ScaleToFit.END`

: Compute a scale that will maintain the original src aspect ratio, but will also ensure that src fits entirely inside dst. At least one axis (X or Y) will fit exactly. END aligns the result to the right and bottom edges of dst.

`FIT_START`

Scale the image using `Matrix.ScaleToFit.START`

`Matrix.ScaleToFit.START`

: Compute a scale that will maintain the original src aspect ratio, but will also ensure that src fits entirely inside dst. At least one axis (X or Y) will fit exactly. START aligns the result to the left and top edges of dst.

`FIT_XY`

Scale the image using `Matrix.ScaleToFit.FILL`

`Matrix.ScaleToFit.FILL`

: Scale in X and Y independently, so that src matches dst exactly. This may change the aspect ratio of the src.

`MATRIX`

Scale using the image matrix when drawing.

## Adjust View Bounds

While not technically an `ImageView.ScaleType`

this will come in handy. If you notice with `CENTER_INSIDE`

, `FIT_CENTER`

, `FIT_END`

and `FIT_START`

the actual bounds of the `ImageView`

are much larger than the scaled image. To set the bounds of the `ImageView`

to the height of the image inside, use `android:adjustViewBounds="true”`

in your XML. It looks like this:

## {{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

## {{ parent.tldr }}

## {{ parent.linkDescription }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}