# Styling my section/chapter

I'm trying to reproduce this chapter/section style on LaTeX and I would like some insight on how to achieve this. I have been using the secsty package but I haven't come up with any real results.

The idea is for this to represent a chapter in my document but I suppose there's no problem in calling this a section and my original sections subsections.

Thanks,

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You can use the titlesec package; a little example that you can take as starting point:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage[explicit]{titlesec}
\usepackage{lipsum}% just to generate text

\titleformat{\chapter}[display]
{\normalfont\scshape\Huge}
{\hspace*{-70pt}\thechapter.~#1}
{-15pt}
{\hspace*{-110pt}\rule{\dimexpr\textwidth+80pt\relax}{3pt}\Huge}
\titleformat{name=\chapter,numberless}[display]
{\normalfont\scshape\Huge}
{\hspace*{-70pt}#1}
{-15pt}
{\hspace*{-110pt}\rule{\dimexpr\textwidth+80pt\relax}{3pt}\Huge}
\titlespacing*{\chapter}{0pt}{0pt}{30pt}

\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\chapter{Test Chapter}
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}


And a little modification (requested in a comment) allowing you to change the color for the rules using the features provided by the xcolor package:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage[explicit]{titlesec}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{lipsum}% just to generate text

%\colorlet{myrulecolor}{black}
\definecolor{myrulecolor}{RGB}{150,20,0}% define the color for the rules

\titleformat{\chapter}[display]
{\normalfont\scshape\Huge}
{\hspace*{-70pt}\thechapter.~#1}
{-15pt}
{\hspace*{-110pt}{\color{myrulecolor}\rule{\dimexpr\textwidth+80pt\relax}{3pt}}\Huge}
\titleformat{name=\chapter,numberless}[display]
{\normalfont\scshape\Huge}
{\hspace*{-70pt}#1}
{-15pt}
{\hspace*{-110pt}{\color{myrulecolor}\rule{\dimexpr\textwidth+80pt\relax}{3pt}}\Huge}
\titlespacing*{\chapter}{0pt}{0pt}{30pt}

\begin{document}
\tableofcontents
\chapter{Test Chapter}
\lipsum[1]
\end{document}


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Thank you, it's exactly this. One more question: is it possible to apply the same style to the table of contents header? as in imgur.com/bAE8G – seth Mar 15 '12 at 14:31
@seth: To modify the appearance of the table of contents, you should check out the toxloft package. – Mico Mar 15 '12 at 14:51
@seth: sure; I've added the necessary code to my answer. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 15 '12 at 15:00
Can i change the color of these lines? (the underlining i mean) – seth Mar 17 '12 at 18:27
@seth: yes, you can; see my updated answer. – Gonzalo Medina Mar 17 '12 at 21:03