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Is it possible to draw arrows (preferential with TikZ) with two images: One for the line and one for the tip?

I would like to realize something like this:

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Do you want to use it more than once? I mean is it going to be frequent line style for drawing arrows from a to b or you just want to create this shape once? –  percusse Jun 13 '12 at 13:45
    
I would like to use it more than once. The company is redesigning the template for presentations and I'm trying to build a tex style to have the ability to make these new fancy presentations - still with tex. –  Bertram Nudelbach Jun 13 '12 at 13:48
    
Using the shapes.geometric library of tikz, you can have something like : \begin{tikzpicture}[every node/.style={draw,fill=blue!10,minimum height=1cm,minimum width=4mm}] \foreach \x in {1,...,5} { \node (l\x) at (0.6*\x,0) {};} \filldraw[fill=blue!10] ([xshift=2mm] l5.south east) -- ([xshift=2mm] l5.north east) -- ++(5mm,-0.5cm) -- cycle; \end{tikzpicture} but is this portable enough or there must be a genuine line style? –  percusse Jun 13 '12 at 14:08
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This is related: Best way to draw a chevron diagram using Tikz –  Count Zero Jun 13 '12 at 14:15
    
@percusse yes that's a good starting point. But it would be nice to at least be able to define start and end - and the line should know how many rectangles to draw .. –  Bertram Nudelbach Jun 13 '12 at 14:21
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Here is a different approach from what @percusse suggested. I used decorations to get the rectangles along the line:

\documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage{tikz}

\usetikzlibrary{shapes, decorations.shapes, }

\begin{document}
    \begin{tikzpicture}[decoration={shape backgrounds,shape=rectangle,shape width=4mm, shape height=10mm},
            paint/.style={decorate, draw=#1!50!black, fill=#1!50}]]
        \node (A) at (0,0) {};
        \node [isosceles triangle, isosceles triangle apex angle=120, draw=blue!50!black, fill= blue!50, inner sep=1.1mm] (B) at (3.05,0) {};
        \path [draw, paint=blue, decoration={shape sep=0.5cm}] (A)-- (B);
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

It can be tweaked to wrap it into a single macro that takes for argument e.g. the length.

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EDIT: Here is another version that is rotationally correct:

\documentclass[10pt,a4paper]{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

\usepackage{tikz}

\usetikzlibrary{positioning, shapes, decorations.shapes, decorations.markings}

\begin{document}
    \begin{tikzpicture}[%
    paint/.style={draw=#1!50!black, fill=#1!50},
    linedeco/.style={decoration={%
        markings,
        mark=between positions 0 and 1 step #1 with {\draw (-1mm,-5mm) rectangle (1mm,5mm) [paint=blue];},
        mark=at position 1 with
            {\node [paint=blue, isosceles triangle, isosceles triangle apex angle=120, inner sep=1.1mm, transform shape] {};
            },
        }}]
        \node (A) at (0,0) {};
        \node (B) at (3,5) {};
        \path [paint=blue, decorate, linedeco=0.05] (A)--(B);
        \node (C) at (0,-2) {};
        \node (D) at (3,-2) {};
        \path [paint=blue, decorate, linedeco=0.1] (C)--(D);
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

It takes a parameter you need to set manually, depending on the angles.

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Nice one. You can also add a triangle node in the end with the markings decoration and then it would be complete :) Bah, vote cap... –  percusse Jun 13 '12 at 14:22
    
I like this one! Is it possible to improve it to be able to draw from e.g. (0,0) to (5,3)? Currently the triangle isn't drawn correctly. –  Bertram Nudelbach Jun 13 '12 at 14:25
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Looks great now! –  percusse Jun 13 '12 at 17:17
    
@percusse: Thanks! :) It would be really nice if I could automate the spacing, based on the actual orientation. I'll have to figure that out later... –  Count Zero Jun 13 '12 at 19:02
    
Great! Thanks @CountZero –  Bertram Nudelbach Jun 14 '12 at 7:35
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