# Calligraphic logo in tikz

Yep, it's that time again. I want to design a calligraphic logo and my obvious choice as LaTeX enthousiast is TikZ as implementation. Only, I lack the proper skills to do so and need some inspiration.

In particular, that of the "Copenhagen Suborbitals" caught my eye. How can I achieve something similar?

For reference:

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This looks great. Can you show what you have done so far and exactly what you are having a problem with. – Peter Grill Mar 13 '12 at 17:48
I guess I'd start by writing a package to emulate a calligraphic pen ... – Loop Space Mar 13 '12 at 17:50
Gotta love that phallus ... I concur with Peter though, this question is really unspecific and doesn't show any effort whatsoever, hence -1. A similarly effortless answer would be: Learn TikZ. – doncherry Mar 13 '12 at 19:33

This is a point to start

Picture

Code

\documentclass[11pt]{scrartcl}
\usepackage{tikz,pgfornament,tikzrput}         % altermundus.com/pages/tkz/tikzrput/
\usetikzlibrary{decorations,decorations.text}  % altermundus.com/pages/tkz/ornament/

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}

\path
[rotate=210,postaction={decoration={text along path,text format delimiters={|}{|}, text={|\Huge| AD ASTRA {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}} COPENHAGEN SUBORBITALS {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}} NON LUCROR {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}} EXPOSITA SCIENTIA {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}}},
text align=fit to path,reverse path}, decorate}]
\rput{-20}(1.5,5.2){\pgfornament[scale=.2]{87}}
\rput{20}(-1.5,5.2){\pgfornament[scale=.2]{87}}
\rput(0,0){\pgfornament[scale=.8]{75}}
\rput{-90}(2,0){\pgfornament[scale=.8]{72}}
\rput{90}(-2,0){\pgfornament[scale=.8,symmetry=v]{72}}
\node[font=\huge] at (0,-5){MMVIII} ;
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


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Where's pgfornament from? I can't find it on CTAN. – Loop Space Mar 13 '12 at 18:57
It is amazing how easy this is compared to Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape once you have learned to use TikZ. – Harold Cavendish Mar 13 '12 at 19:07
@AndrewStacey See on Altermundus website. It is his package. Altermundus: nice package. – schmendrich Mar 13 '12 at 19:31
(site seems to be down right now, I'll check it another time) – Loop Space Mar 13 '12 at 19:45
There is problem to upload pgfornament on CTAN because the initial symbols format ai or eps are free but with a special licence. I made these symbols with a format that I call pgf but I need to cite the author. psvectorian is not on ctan too but i don't know the real reason. I finish the documentation of tikzrput and I sent it on CTAN very soon. – Alain Matthes Mar 13 '12 at 19:56