I’m trying to change the tint of the NSVisualEffectView. This is what I’ve come up with. You can clone the project over at GitHub. Send me a pull request if you know a better way.

Tintend visual effect view

Tinting

  1. Add a new NSVisualEffectView to your main window.
  2. Enable layer backing.
  3. Loop through the layers and change the backgroundColor of the layer called ‘ClearCopyLayer’.

No science behind this method.

import Cocoa

@NSApplicationMain
class AppDelegate: NSObject, NSApplicationDelegate {

  @IBOutlet weak var window: NSWindow!
  @IBOutlet weak var vibrancyView: NSVisualEffectView!
  
  var tintColor: NSColor?
  
  func applicationDidFinishLaunching(aNotification: NSNotification) {
    // Insert code here to initialize your application

    self.vibrancyView.material = .Dark
  }

  func applicationWillTerminate(aNotification: NSNotification) {
    // Insert code here to tear down your application
  }
  
  func applyTint() {
   
    if let color = self.tintColor {
      print("Applying tint: \(self.tintColor)")
      // Tint the visual effect view
      for sublayer: CALayer in self.vibrancyView.layer!.sublayers! {
        if sublayer.name == "ClearCopyLayer" {
          sublayer.backgroundColor = color.CGColor
          break
        }
      }
    }
  }
 
  @IBAction func tintDark(sender: NSButton) {
    self.vibrancyView.material = .Dark
    applyTint()
  }
  @IBAction func tintLight(sender: NSButton) {
    self.vibrancyView.material = .Light
    applyTint()
  }
  
  @IBAction func tintRed(sender: NSButton) {
    self.tintColor = NSColor(red: 1.0, green: 0.0, blue: 0.0, alpha: 0.1)
    applyTint()
  }
  @IBAction func tintBlue(sender: NSButton) {
    self.tintColor = NSColor(red: 0.0, green: 0.0, blue: 1.0, alpha: 0.1)
    applyTint()
  }

}

Known Issues

Changing the materialfrom light to dark or vice versa removes the custom backgroundColor. Even if it’s applied after changing the material.