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\clubsuit, \diamondsuit and the like produce the familiar card suit symbols; however, the diamond and heart suits are empty (only outlined), while clubs and spades are filled. Is there a way to obtain the filled versions of \diamondsuit and \heartsuit in TeX?

A "clean" solution would be preferred, but even an ugly "take this shape and fill it" TikZ hack would do the job.

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As Alan has pointed out, the symbols are available in arev, which does normally change all your fonts. The following (added to your preamble) only takes the two symbols you want from arev.


Unfortunately the style differs slightly from the default symbols:



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The other two suits are 84 and 85. \DeclareMathSymbol{\varclub}{\mathalpha}{extraup}{84} \DeclareMathSymbol{\varspade}{\mathalpha}{extraup}{85} Strangely, 3 are filled and 1 isn't (spades)... –  PatrickT Mar 16 '13 at 11:03

The arev package provides \varheart and \vardiamond which are filled. (The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbols Guide is your friend here.)

Since arev changes the math font, it's maybe not the best solution. (But see Caramdir's answer for a way around that.)

The txfonts packages also provides \varheartsuit and \Diamondblack.

Alternatively, if you use XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX, there are many fonts that contain these characters.

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The arev package does change the whole math font though. –  Caramdir Jan 24 '11 at 23:19
Also possible are \varheartsuit and \Diamondblack from the txfonts package, and these work without extra dependencies (txfonts package excluded. arev pulled two or three additional packages on my system). Maybe you'd like to edit your answer to include these? It feels wrong for me to post it as a separate answer. –  Martin Tapankov Jan 24 '11 at 23:26
@Martin and Caramdir. Thanks. I've edited my answer. –  Alan Munn Jan 24 '11 at 23:53

Another font that provides the filled diamond and heart suit symbols is kpfonts. From the preamble of my template file for type-setting bridge stuff:


\newcommand*\Hs[1]{\ensuremath{{\color{blue} #1}{\color{red}\varheartsuit}}}
\newcommand*\Ss[1]{\ensuremath{{\color{blue} #1}{\color{black}\spadesuit}}}
\newcommand*\Ds[1]{\ensuremath{{\color{blue} #1}{\color{red}\vardiamondsuit}}}
\newcommand*\Cs[1]{\ensuremath{{\color{blue} #1}{\color{black}\clubsuit}}}
\newcommand*\NT[1]{{\color{blue} #1}{\color{black}\textsc{nt}}}

of course, this predicates on your willing to switch to a whole new font, so is in some sense inferior to the solutions already given.

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