user10816810 wrote:My thought is that this is a waste of time. I don't think it would be that hard to do, but I don't see the point. Rather, I'd recommend spending your time looking at capacities that match what you are trying to do in Flash and HTML 5. But if you really want the Metal buttons (I assume we're talking about the Metal L&F, correct) then you gotta do what you gotta do.
That's not what I am trying to do.
I want to create .gif files. Its a little bit tedious to create new .gif files every time the button text has to change, or when a new button needs to be added. I was just hoping to automate this with Java2D.
I want something where I can feed it the text, and then it will figure out how big to make the image, apply various effects, then output it as a .gif file.