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I want to use a "thumb up" symbol, to flag a "good practice" tips in my document. Table 244 in the Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol list shows that the dingbat package provides the following:

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However, the symbol is bitmapped and doesn't render well when zoomed in on, which I dislike:

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Do you know of a similar, non-bitmapped symbol? Otherwise Feel free to suggest an alternative symbol that conveys the same meaning.

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Go to FB! :P Ok, joke aside, you could create or get a vector graphic and use the picture as a symbol, see here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/22487 or here: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/31490 – Count Zero Jun 15 '13 at 11:19
Obligatory Unicode suggestion: U+1F44D: 👍 (naturally needs a font which includes the glyph) – morbusg Jun 15 '13 at 11:46
You are very well capable of writing up the 8-10 lines in tikz for that. Rounded corners for the fingers :P – percusse Jun 15 '13 at 12:03
up vote 10 down vote accepted

A free SVG version can be found on Wikimedia: Symbol thumbs up. The file Symbols_thumbs_up.svg can be converted with Inkscape to PDF like in this answer:

inkscape --export-pdf=Symbol_thumbs_up.pdf Symbol_thumbs_up.svg

The white margins can be removed by pdfcrop:

pdfcrop Symbol_thumbs_up.pdf

The result is Symbols_thumbs_up-crop.pdf.

In LaTeX it can be included, mirrored and resized by package graphicx with a driver that supports PDF. Otherwise it can be converted to EPS via pdftops of xpdf or poppler:

pdftops -eps Symbols_thumbs_up-crop.pdf Symbols_thumbs_up.eps

LaTeX example that defines \LeftThumbsUp and \RightThumbsUp:



  \LeftThumbsUp    & \verb|\LeftThumbsUp|\\
  \RightThumbsUp   & \verb|\RightThumbsUp|\\
  \LeftThumbsDown  & \verb|\LeftThumbsDown|\\
  \RightThumbsDown & \verb|\RightThumbsDown|


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Just to be picky: The thumb symbols are normally displayed from the agent's perspective, so the thumbs down symbols should have their palms hidden. – Sverre Jun 15 '13 at 13:39
@Sverre My impression from a quick web search was: Most images show the fingers, some shows the front view (front of the thumb), and images with the fingers hidden are quite rare. – Heiko Oberdiek Jun 15 '13 at 13:55
When doing a google images search for "thumbs down", my impression is that the split is about 50-50. I personally prefer the thumbs down symbols where the palm is hidden, since this would be consistent with the visible palm in the thumbs up symbols (= they are all seen from the agent's perspective). But this is a minor point - I just wanted to call your attention to it in case you (or someone else) cared. – Sverre Jun 16 '13 at 12:15

Create a new character.



thumbs up \thumbsup

thumbs down \thumbsdown

0 and g refers to the character used as reference of size and vertical position. For those I tested, the best combination is as it is. Figures up.png and down.png must be attached to your folder.

Of course, if you prefer another thumbsup/down picture, you can change it.




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PNG is not vector graphics. – Jubobs Jun 22 at 5:13
yeah, but it is still a good solution if you choose a large image. large I mean 150x150 pixels ... , of course it depends with your purposes. – Vitor Jun 22 at 5:16

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