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I want to embed an image within a tikzpicture environment. I tried the following,

  \pgftext{\includegraphics[width=150pt]{pic1.png}} at (0pt,0pt);
  \pgftext{\includegraphics[width=150pt]{pic2.png}} at (100pt,0);

but both pictures are placed at upper-left corner of image, at the same position. I tried including them inside nodes as well, to no avail.

What am I doing wrong?

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Try \node (myfirstpic) at (0,0) {\includegraphics{pic1.png}}; – Jubobs May 19 '13 at 15:02
@Jubobs - that worked! Thanks. Seems that in my earlier attempt I tried to nest \includegraphics inside \pgftext. – Rogach May 19 '13 at 15:06
\pgftext is not a TikZ command. The \node thing from @Jubobs should work. \pgftext[at={\pgfpoint{0pt}{0pt}}]{…} and \pgftext[x=100pt, y=0pt]{…} are possible \pgftext solutions. (The at … stuff you wrote is just ignored by TikZ as usual.) – Qrrbrbirlbel May 19 '13 at 15:07
Closely related:… – juliohm May 19 '13 at 19:27

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The prefered way to embed external pictures in a tikzpicture environment is to insert an \includegraphics{...} inside a \node. See the code below for an example.

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\node[inner sep=0pt] (russell) at (0,0)
\node[inner sep=0pt] (whitehead) at (5,-6)
\draw[<->,thick] (russell.south east) -- (whitehead.north west)
    node[midway,fill=white] {Principia Mathematica};

Links to the original pictures:

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What's the use of the inner sep=0pt option? – nemarona Feb 7 at 15:13
@nemarona Try to use inner sep=10pt (for example) and recompile. inner sep=0pt tells TikZ to make the node's bounding box as tight as possible around the image. – Jubobs Feb 7 at 15:38

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