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Background image from tikzpicture does not fit the whole page

For a poster, I would like to have an image fill the whole page. This image is supposed to be drawn within a tikz environment as my other content. However, graphicx seems to fail at rescaling when the ...
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how to get the size of a \pgfdeclareimage

Basically I want to use a TikZ node to frame a pgfimage, so later on, I will add more and connect them as I see fit. I have this: \pgfdeclareimage[width=10em]{image1}{images/image1} ...
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Adjusting box height to the document bottom

I made a command that prints a gray rectangle in my document. I can use this command typing: \notes{100}, where 100 is the vertical size of the box. \newcommand{\notes}[1]{ ...
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How can I determine the height of a minipage?

If I have a minipage \begin{minipage}{5cm} content \end{minipage} How can I determine its height and save this value as a length?
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How to make a symbol adjust its size globally and locally

In the following code I have created a bullseye symbol. What I want to do is to allow its size to change dynamically both globally (document class option say 10pt, 11pt or 12pt) or locally by using ...
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How can I easily display the dimensions of the text body?

I want to design an image filling the whole page using Illustrator, with the right dpi and dimensions. To accomplish this, I need to know the precise dimensions of the text body (Numbers 7 and 8 in ...
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Table with several dimensions

I have several dimensions to put in a table in LaTeX, these are actually results of an experiment. I am not sure what is the best way to do it in LaTeX. Here is a snapshot of one of the possibilities: ...
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Defining a dimension with or without @

If I am writing a TeX package (as one can find such on CTAN), there are following approaches to define a new dimension length that should be changeable by a user of that package. Approach A: Define ...
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What does different \fontdimen<num> mean

I know that \fontdimen<num> returns some dimensions associated with the current font. What are they?
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References for \dimexpr \numexpr

I'm not really sure whether this is the right place to ask this question, but here I go.... Over the holiday I've been taking time to read through a lot of the Q&A here. I've been running across ...
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@tempdima, reserved@a, @tempcnta, what else?

I'm aware that some "temporary" LaTeX dimensions etc. exist. I would, however, like to know all of them. I know \reserved@a (macro), \@tempdima (dimension) and \@tempcnta (counter).
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Output a document containing a single vertical-infinite page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Automate Fixed Width Page, length > some minimum length, but only as long as needed Is there a way to output a document containing a SINGLE page (that contains the ...
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Dividing dimensions to get a count

Is there a way to divide two dimens and get a count? For example, if I have a box that doesn't fit on a single page, and I want to know the number of pages I'd need for the box (i.e., \heightofbox / ...
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In a tikzpicture, how can I “shift” by a multiple of the current x-vector (say)?

Suppose that I have a tikzpicture begun like this: \begin{tikzpicture}[x = 20mm, y = 10mm] Now let us suppose that I want to put a subpart of the picture inside a "scope" environment and I want all ...
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How to declare variable sizes in tikz to let LaTeX decide how to fill the page

LaTeX sometimes does some tricks to fill lines to the end, to fill pages up to the bottom and to prevent pages only containing a single line of text. When I create some tikzpictures there are ...
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Get a includegraphic to stick in the same place for several beamer slides

I am working with a presentation where I want a sequence of slides with a figure that changes slightly for each slide. I want the figure to to stay in the same place for many slides and I want to ...
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Measure 'real' height of lines/rows (as multiples of \baselineskip)

I am trying to measure the height of a few lines while the lines are set. I thought the 'real' height of a line is the baselineskip, e.g. 14.5pt for a 12p document. However, when I set the text in ...
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Change part of table column size

I would like to know if there is a way, that I can resize part of a column, while keeping the rest the same size. Such that I would get this: Column ___| ___| ___| _______| _______| _______| I ...
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Measuring TikZ leaves and using measurements to set sibling distance?

TL;DR Summary: Is there some way to measure the width of a leaf node and pass this measurement back up the tree to be used in setting sibling distance? (One might want to do a similar thing for ...
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Retrieve em-width from another font

I’m trying to align verbatim segments with their outputs. Consider this MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage{fancyvrb} ...
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Other than syntax what is the difference between \dimen0= and \setlength{}{}?

I have been browsing around for a while trying to find an answer to the above question, and I have found some similar questions along with there answers, so I already have a vague idea how to answer ...
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Custom TikZ node with svg path not clipped

I would like to make a custom node shape with a small picture (on north east) using the svg directive of TikZ, because the picture comes from a svg path. As you can see with this simple code, the ...
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including tif/eps/pdf fails due to bounding box/dimensions

when inserting an image into my *.tex-file, I get the error Dimension too large the command was (reduced to the important lines) \begin{figure}[tbp] \includegraphics{graphics/3-1-23} \end{figure} ...
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What is the plain TeX equivalent of \settowidth?

The \settowidth command, which sets a width equal to the width of some text, is described at Get width of a given text as length and How to set the width of the label of a description to the width of ...
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How to set the width of the label of a description to the width of a string of text in ConTeXt?

I am using \startdesc{} to create a label and description environment, e.g.: \startdesc{(label)} This is some text in a sentence. \stopdesc \startdesc{(another label)} This is some more text ...
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How to set equal size of cells in tabular environment when \multicolumn extend the size of above cell?

The code example is shown as follows: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{latexsym} \usepackage{bm} \usepackage{amsfonts} \usepackage{amssymb} \usepackage{amsmath} \begin{document} \begin{center} ...
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How to rotate a picture in 3 dimensions?

I have a picture like this: I want to use this picture rotated like this (inline with the text as well as separately): Is there a way to achieve this?
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set a maximum width and height for an image

I would like to define a maximum height and a maximum width for an image at same time. I suppose there must be a package to do this, but actually I'm unable to find it...
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Is it possible to remove length, counter, dim, etc that have been declared?

Let's see the following screenshot taken from an answer of Efficient ways to anonymize a document and the given comment. Is it possible to remove length, counter, dim, etc, that have been declared ...
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What are the possible dimensions / sizes / units LaTeX understands?

I know there are different ways of expressing sizes or dimensions in LaTeX such as points (pt), inches (in) and ex. As some commands, such as \hspace understand all of them, I would like to have a ...
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Confused with TeX terminology: height, depth, width

The LaTeX reference card states for example \strut box w/ ht and depth of “(”, zero width I came to see text as a two dimensional feature, but I must be missing out on something... (following ...
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No room for a new \dimen

I have this error message: ! No room for a new \dimen . \ch@ck ...\else \errmessage {No room for a new #3} \fi which I can not find a cure for.
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Draw dimension of a line as a decoration in TikZ

Is it possible to define in TikZ a new decoration or something like that, such that it is possible to write something like: \draw[dim={text,above}] (A) -- (B); \draw[dim={text,below}] (C) -- (D); ...
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How to typeset dimensions of a box?

I want to typeset something like this: 3.0 × 3.0 × 0.9 mm How can I do that in LaTeX (using siunitx package)? So far, I have this: \num{3.0} × \num{3.0} × \SI{0.9}{\milli\metre} But probably ...
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Why is there no \mudimendef primitive?

The TeXbook defines in chapter 24 (page 270 in my edition) the notion of <dimen>, <skip>, <mudimen> and <muskip>, the first two being used in horizontal and vertical mode, ...
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TikZ/PGF: Create a saved length as part of a shape definition

When I create a new shape using pgfdeclareshape, I want to be able to store a length for later reference. I might want to do simple arithmetic on this length later on. Here's a basic attempt: ...
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How should I express my length calculation to minimize rounding errors?

I have an input file as follows. % Test.tex \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pstricks} \psset { linewidth=0.01 } \newcommand\All{0.1} \newcommand\Left{-\All} \newcommand\Right{\All} ...
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\colorbox{color}{text} without increasing the height and width of the cell in a table

When using \colorbox{color}{text} to put background color for the text in a table, the text with background color seems to take more space and makes the respective cell higher and wider. Is there a ...
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How does PDF or PDF Viewer define a rounding rule for stroke thickness?

I defined a sequence of line segments of different thickness each as follows. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{multido} \parindent=0sp \begin{document} ...
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What unit should we use when working with (La)TeX and PSTricks to minimize conversion error?

I want to minimize conversion error when working with PSTricks and (La)TeX. The conversion error really affects the accuracy of bounding box, the thickness of LaTeX's \fbox and the thickness of ...
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What are the differences between \newdimen, \newskip and \newlength?

What are the differences between \newdimen, \newskip, and\newlength? When should I use each of them? Please give me a non-trivial example for each case.
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How to suppress units such that they can be passed to viewport key?

How to suppress units in length macros such that they can be passed to viewport. See the following Minimal Not Working Example, \documentclass{article} \usepackage{graphicx} \newsavebox\IBox ...
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Is there a command to convert cm to bp?

I want to convert a length in cm (centimeter) to bp (big point). Is there a command to convert cm to bp?
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Determine height and depth of letters relative to the font size

I would like to scale graphical elements (like images, tikz and tikz-timing diagrams) relative to the font size, so that they have the same height as an normal uppercase letter (i.e. X or M; I noticed ...
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Trim image by number of pixels

Is it possible to trim an image by a certain number of pixels rather than a length? I have a set of images that I'm including, and in one figure, a trim of 135 on the bottom works nicely, but a ...
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Image from \includegraphics showing in wrong image size

When I use the following to embed an image: \begin{figure}[htb] \centering \includegraphics{my_image} \caption{blaaa} \label{fig:blaaa} \end{figure} whereas my_image is a JPG file, the ...
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Force stringification of a length

I'm trying to include a background image of the correct size based on the two variables \IApaperheight and \IApaperwidth. To do this, I'm converting the lengths to a rounded text value and ...
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TikZ: How to compare approximate equality of dimensions?

When scaling tikzpicture using option scale, some points that had equal coordinates appear to be shifted a little bit. So the precise comparision \ifdim \y1 = \y2 will not do anymore. I'm aware of ...
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Avoid figures encroaching on page numbers with LyX

I'm using LyX and have figures in floats and wraps but some of them are too high on the page when converted to PDF and overlap with page numbers. Is there a way to avoid this and respect the text ...
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Dimensioning of a technical drawing in TikZ

Is there is an easy way to mark dimensions in a technical drawing with TikZ? Is there a library or something? Edit I am using XeLaTeX. Update I chose Martin's answer because it serves me well ...