Android Making a drawable XML composed of several bitmaps

I have this background for several LinearLayouts throughout my app:



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    I would like to place 4 bitmaps of screws in the 4 corners of the metal plate.
    I use the metal plate in several places, so I prefer to define it as a single drawable than having to place the 4 screws on every ocasion with a RelativeLayout.

    Is it possible to define an XML in the drawable folder to combine the tiled metal plate and the 4 screws?

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    Unfortunately I can’t really test this right now, but I believe you can pull this off with a LayerListDrawable like this:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
    <layer-list xmlns:android="">
                android:tileMode="repeat" />
        <item android:right="10dp" android:bottom="10dp">
                android:gravity="bottom|right" />
        <item android:left="10dp" android:bottom="10dp">
                android:gravity="bottom|left" />
        <item android:top="10dp" android:left="10dp">
                android:gravity="top|left" />
        <item android:top="10dp" android:right="10dp">
                android:gravity="top|right" />

    Replacing the 10dp values with whatever inset you need for the screws.

    This could probably be easily done using a NinePatch. You can create a NinePatch drawable then just set it as the background of any Layouts that you want to have the background. This just requires you create a square version of the background, then I would recommend using the Draw 9-Patch tool to make it into a .9.png for Android to use.

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