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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
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I guess I'd start by writing a package to emulate a calligraphic pen ... –  Andrew Stacey 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
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This is a point to start

Picture

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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}

\draw[ultra thick] circle[radius=6cm] circle[radius=7cm]  ;
\draw[line width=2mm] circle[radius=7.4cm]  ;

\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}]
     circle[radius=6.2cm] ; 
      \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}  

Some links about answers with pgfornament and tikzrput

answer 1 answer 2 answer 3

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Where's pgfornament from? I can't find it on CTAN. –  Andrew Stacey Mar 13 '12 at 18:57
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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) –  Andrew Stacey 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
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