# Fancy start-of-chapter marks

I'd like to include some fancy start-of-chapter marks in my poster. I especially like these marks (see pictures below) in a Power Point template. I wonder if there is a convenient way to produce similar marks using LaTeX commands.

Note: by "LaTeX commands" I don't mean \includegraphics and things like that. I might as well just use Power Point. I am wondering if LaTeX could give me similar fancy marks that can be zoomed to arbitrary size with good resolution.

Also: I believe these marks are kind of standard, as I have seen them in several places. I am sure I have seen both marks in e-books, and OMG, the first mark appears in this page, right under the TEX header!

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Actually, \includegraphics can used to include vectorial graphics (eps, pdf) which can be zoomed to any size. –  Javier Bezos Oct 5 '12 at 16:28
@JavierBezos Good point. I have to admit that my real problem with \includegraphics is that I am not willing to pay for high-resolution ornaments just for decorative purposes :) –  CherryQu Oct 6 '12 at 12:48

You can also use pgfornaments; a little example taken almost verbatim from the package page:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[object=vectorian]{pgfornament}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes.geometric,calc}

\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}[color=red!50!black,every node/.style={inner sep=0pt}]
\node[minimum size=10cm,inner sep=0pt](vecbox){};
\node[anchor=north west] at (vecbox.north west){\pgfornament[width=2cm]{63}};
\node[anchor=north east] at (vecbox.north east){\pgfornament[width=2cm,symmetry=v]{63}};
\node[anchor=south west] at (vecbox.south west){\pgfornament[width=2cm,symmetry=h]{63}};
\node[anchor=south east] at (vecbox.south east){\pgfornament[width=2cm,symmetry=c]{63}};
\node[anchor=north] at (vecbox.north){\pgfornament[width=6cm,symmetry=h]{46}};
\node[anchor=south] at (vecbox.south){\pgfornament[width=6cm]{46}};
\node[anchor=north,rotate=90] at (vecbox.west){\pgfornament[width=6cm,symmetry=h]{46}};
\node[anchor=north,rotate=-90] at (vecbox.east){\pgfornament[width=6cm,symmetry=h]{46}};
\node[inner sep=6pt] (text) at (vecbox.center){\Huge Ornaments};
\node[anchor=north] at (text.south){\pgfornament[width=5cm]{60}};
\node[anchor=south] at (text.north){\pgfornament[width=5cm,symmetry=h]{49}};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{center}

\end{document}


And, of course, you can control the attributes (including size) using the options for \pgfornament:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[object=vectorian]{pgfornament}

\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\pgfornament[width=1cm,symmetry=h]{49}
\pgfornament[width=5cm,symmetry=h]{49}
\pgfornament[width=10cm]{49}
\end{center}

\end{document}


Processing the following code, you'll get a four page document showing the 89 predefined ornaments:

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage[object=vectorian]{pgfornament}

\newcounter{ornnumb}

\begin{document}

\noindent\loop
\ifnum\value{ornnumb}<89
\stepcounter{ornnumb}%
ornament~\theornnumb: \pgfornament[width=1.5cm]{\theornnumb}\\[1ex]
\repeat

\end{document}

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Thanks! I am using the package for my poster. It's been great after a day's work! –  CherryQu Oct 6 '12 at 12:46
How do I install pgfornament.sty appropriately? –  macmadness86 Dec 17 '12 at 15:16
@macmadness86 extract the files from the .zip file and place them in the appropriate location under your local TDS tree. –  Gonzalo Medina Dec 17 '12 at 15:20
That answer was too easy! I always forget where the appropriate places are! Using mactex. I know it is somewhere in /usr/local/texlive/2012/. I also know I have to run some kind of cache command. texcache or something similar. –  macmadness86 Dec 17 '12 at 15:25
@macmadness86 You need to run texhash; I am not a Mac user, so I don't know the exact details for Mac, but since MacTeX is based in TeX Live, this answer could be useful for you: tex.stackexchange.com/a/73017/3954 (particularly the third method described there). –  Gonzalo Medina Dec 17 '12 at 15:39
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If you're prepared to use Xe(La)TeX, a number of Opentype fonts have a good selection of fleurons and other ornaments.

Here, for example, is a fragment from one of my visiting cards:

\newcommand{\ornament}[1]{%
\fontspec{Zapfino Extra LT Pro}
\fontsize{8pt}{10pt}
\selectfont
\XeTeXglyph #1
\normalfont}%
...
\ornament{1620}


which gets you this:

I haven't included a list of fonts and/or ornaments, though, as I don't really think this is the place. Perhaps other users will comment or post additional answers.

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@pluton: Don't forget to use the @username notation when you're responding to someone's comment -- I just found your response because I checked back coincidentally. // I come from the humanities, I like to quote stuff ;) // If you disagree with the rules, feel free to discuss them on TeX - LaTeX Meta or in TeX - LaTeX Chat. However, I have a feeling these quality standards are so fundamental that you'll have a hard time getting them changed ... –  doncherry Oct 6 '12 at 5:48