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I am using a TikZ picture followed by a text. How do I create a picture that aligns with the top of the text?

\begin{minipage}[t]{0.45\textwidth}
\tikz[baseline=(current bounding box.north)] {
    \draw (0,0) rectangle (2,-3);
} text
\end{minipage}

enter image description here

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You need to shift the baseline lower to shift the tikzpicture higher, e.g. by the height of a \strut or something between 1ex (height of lowercase letter) and 1.6ex (~height of uppercase letter), depending on your liking.
See also my question Determine height and depth of letters relative to the font size for a discussion about the correct height.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\begin{document}
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.45\textwidth}
\tikz[baseline={([yshift={-\ht\strutbox}]current bounding box.north)}] {
    \draw (0,0) rectangle (2,-3);
} text
\end{minipage}
\end{document}

yshift={-\ht\strutbox}:

Result

yshift={-1.2ex}:

Result

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Thank you Martin. –  Regis da Silva Jul 20 '11 at 23:30
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