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Make fireworks with only text

For the holidays, I wanted to follow up to the question about making fireworks with tikz (How can we display fireworks?): How can we make fireworks with only text? I have made a crude attempt below. ...
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How can we make a pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, or other halloween spirit, ghoul, or skeleton?

So we have questions about Christmas trees and Hearts for Valentines But we have no questions that specialize in Halloween or Dia de los Muertos art. So here it goes.... Using TikZ or pstricks or ...
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Just for fun: Globally replace one glyph with another

Once upon a time, when I used a WYSIWYG word processor, I took a completed document and used Find-Replace to turn all instances of "." into tiny smiley faces. It wasn't really a difference that ...
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How to show off TeX skills with a TeX-typeset CV?

Recently, I have been editing my CV, which is typeset with XeLaTeX. I realize that besides those trite TeX advantages, such as being neat and clean (and the TeX symbolic font of course), I am not ...
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What are the most horrible things you see in simple documents? [closed]

I once saw a poster similiar to my minimal example: The code is in the end of the post. What odd things confuse you most reading a non-latex document/ presentation? Where do I find the original ...
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How to typeset Triforce?

What would be the best practice approach to typeset the Triforce symbol known from the Nintendo® Zelda™ series?
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How to optimize pdf with many links and simple pages

So... I can play tic-tac-toe (naughts and crosses) in a pdf: each board configuration is one page, and each cell of the board is a link which goes to the page corresponding to playing that move. The ...
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tikz: Saving repeatedly drawn parts of pictures to increase compilation speed

I'm drawing a number of very similar images using tikz, like this: Code (and motivation) are given at Making cards for Magic: The Gathering and similar card games. Compilation is slow. I've ...
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Making cards for Magic: The Gathering and similar card games

I'm creating cards for a card game. They will be similar to cards in Magic: The Gathering (left-hand image below). What I have is in the right-hand image below. The problem is that the code ...
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How compose an image from a specific text?

I love playing around with ASCII art and, as you may know, there are tools to generate ASCII art from images, where the ASCII consists of those characters which will result in the best image, as this ...
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How to make my text more tasty?

This is one of my favorite problems. Enjoy! We'd like to make holes in the text to make it look more tasty, like cheese tasty. We can find several fonts for this purpose, but we cannot ...
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Is there any way to reproduce this figure of the Solar System using TikZ? [closed]

The Challenge Today I'd like to pose a particular TikZ challenge. I stumbled upon the following picture: It condenses a great deal of information: each line represents one mission to the ...
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How to draw a pretty dog leash from A to B?

I need help to draw a dog leash from A to B that seems to be 8m long. The house is 3 by 5 m. \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{graphicx} \usetikzlibrary{} \begin{document} ...
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How can I create a template for 2048 game situations?

I guess some of you might know the game 2048. A situation has the following shape: I would like to create a TikZ template that allows me to make similar drawings. MWE To create the following ...
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Weirdest way of displaying “LaTeX” (Contest) [closed]

LaTeX is a program for making beautiful documents with elaborate code. As we all know, typesetting the name of LaTeX itself by using the command \LaTeX produces a pretty weird symbol combination. But ...
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Cleaner Code for a Table design

in this question Showcase of beautiful wine bottle labels made with LaTeX/TikZ and friends I asked for wine bottle labels. Here is my own attempt. I still have to play with fonts. I'm quite happy ...
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Code-trolling/prank questions for TeX.SX?

I have a friend who uses me for LaTeX support. He isn't very tech savvy but likes LaTeX and so I help him out when something he needs to do requires more than the standard stock of macros and ...
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Nice scientific pictures show off

Task Show off your best scientific illustration ! The main purpose of this question is to share beautiful scientific pictures, preferably with an educational aspect. Content Your post must ...
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Randomly bouncing balls with constant tails in a spherical constraint

How easy is the following animation made with TikZ, PSTricks, and Asymptote? Use the following as a starting template to save your time. \documentclass[border=12pt]{standalone} \begin{document} . ...
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How can we draw a 3D Christmas gift box, with TikZ?

In the spirit of How can we draw a Christmas tree with decorations, using TikZ? Can you draw a 3D Christmas gift box with as many details as possible(bow tie, elevated lid/bow, patterned wrapping ...
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Your best snowflake with Tikz

Christmas is coming, show me your best snowflakes made with Tikz :) \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{decorations.fractals} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} ...
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same command with output X in main body and Y in footnote

In reference to this question, I would like to ask whether there could be a command that produces the output X when issued in the body of a text, but the output Y when issued in any sort of footnote. ...
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“Countryball” comic with TikZ. How to shade a 3D object with different stripes on it?

Countryball (if I'm not mistaken originally Polandball) is a web comic versing on crude political jokes, some of which I find hilarious. In some sense, the idea is analogous to the spherical cow ...
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Plain TeX macro to read a document in Pig Latin

Say I have a file eng.tex: \def\encounter (#1){Hello, #1!} \encounter (World) \bye I convert it to Pig Latin and save it as pig.tex: \efday\encounterway (#1){Ellohay, #1!} \encounterway (Orldway) ...
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Exactly 27 errors? [closed]

Just for fun. In this question I have 3 errors running this code with \toprule and \midrule in a table... If include booktabs package in my preamble, I have 9 errors OP triples number of errors by ...
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Holiday contest! Drawing a picture of Krampus for Yule

I've volunteered to use some of my Cthulhu reputation to sponsor a Christmas/holiday contest. You all have aced previous holiday questions, so I'm going to give you a bit more of a challenge: Draw me ...
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Non-rectangular body geometry

I'd love to typeset a document where the inner margin follows a sinuous path. For example, like the one below (done in Scribus). I tried wrapping the text around a curvy image set at the appropriate ...
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Join the dots - Hannukah

The festive season is upon us and we all of course bring out our favourite TikZ Hannukah Menorahs to celebrate. However, our children are still not satisfied and demand an activity to do during the ...
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one and the same command for different outputs depending on position in document

A few days ago I had an idea for a \newcommand which -- in my eyes -- would be kind of cool to have. Imagine you wanted to write a lengthy text. In this text you mention a bunch of names of ...
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Randomly reduce the number of pages

My colleagues and I wrote a book that has m pages. Our editor wants n << m pages. For fun, I'd like to submit him two versions of our book. One version that randomly suppress (m - n) pages ...
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How do I put a die roll at the top of each page?

I was thinking about a trick I heard of in old RPG books and wondered how you would do it in LaTeX. So it used to be hard to find RPG dice in stores (That is, dice with 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 20 sides. ...
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How to draw the “logo” of the string theory?

I wonder whether it is possible to draw the "logo" of string theory with LaTeX. I think it is doable, but not sure how to do it. Any guru wants to give it a shot? Source: ...
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Can we make a love heart with LaTeX?

I understand that this post may cause some down votes because it seems a bit off-topic, but having seen the discussion on Christmas Tree with LaTeX I am still willing to try. My Girlfriend's birthday ...
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How can I make (some) $money$ out of my TeX skills?

I by no means intend to stop contributing what I can to TeX.SE, but a recent experience begs the question... After helping a friend designing a flyer for a telecom company (for which she got decent ...
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Showcase of beautiful wine bottle labels made with LaTeX/TikZ and friends

Did anybody design wine bottle labels for self made wine with Latex/TikZ/PSTricks? I'm interested in unusual designs (like the nice label for Barnstorming Bitter at http://www.tug.org/texshowcase/).
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What was your very first complete document done with TeX/LaTeX & friends? [closed]

Recently I looked up my first ever document done with LaTeX, and as strange and crazy as it may seems, it was my first thesis (wrote in only two weeks). It all turned out well as I did a very good ...
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How to number slides with an increasing number of digits of pi?

How to number frames with an increasing number of digits of pi? Illustrative, I want the frame numbers to be like 3 (on the first slide) 3.1 (on the second slide) 3.14 (on the third slide) ... and ...
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Showcase of optical illusions made with TeX/LaTeX/LuaTeX/ConTeXt

Optical illusions are fun, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a list of optical illusions designed using MetaPost, or PGF/TikZ, or PS-Tricks, or Asymptote. Each entry should display one ...
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Simulate printing imperfections and defects with TeX?

Is there a way to simulate imperfections of some of the older books in LaTeX? Like the missing pieces of letters, extra splotches of ink and such? Here is an interesting artifact: P.S.: I guess one ...
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How to prolong compilation time while engaging in leisure activities?

I thought of that old joke today, where a programmer can make an undeniable excuse for his leisure activities while in work on the basis that he is just waiting for his code to compile. Although I ...
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TeX assistance in writing hidden acrostics

Here's a fun challenge. Try to come up with (and code) techniques through which (La)TeX can help authors to incorporate acrostics in their writing. The definition from Wikipedia: An acrostic is a ...
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TeX - LaTeX in pop culture

I'm doing a research on free-software references in movies, TV series, etc. Things like: "in Dr. House they use KDE as DE" or "Sheldon from the The Big Bang Theory uses Ubuntu." And the like. I'd ...
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How can I highlight ligatures?

I'd like to highlight all the ligatures used in a document similar to the image below as an attempt to show off some of TeX's tender loving care for the font being used. Is there a way to do this ...
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Is there any TeX (or LaTeX) package capable of rot13-encoding an ASCII text?

This might be a nice thing to obfuscate answers to quizzes (better than \rotatebox[c]{180}{...}). (I understand that this is trivial using LuaTeX, but I'd be interested in a generic TeX solution. ...
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Where to get TeX Math Font

I apologise for a question that might seem naïve to many. However, I encountered a problem and a couple of hours of an intensive research didn't bring any results. Basically, I would like to have a ...
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Is there a tool that makes paragraphs into rectangles?

I was just wondering if there was a LaTeX tool for making paragraphs of text into perfect rectangles. The effect is shown below in a schematic
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Using ConTeXts cow font with pdfTeX

So I have really become intrigued with the Cow font of context, however I really wish I would be able to use this with latex. I found a place, where it listed the steps on what to do, but it was ...
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Moving thumbnails

I once saw a document with pictures in the top corner. If you rapidly thumb thru the document the pictures appear to move. Is there a way to put a series of thumbnails in the top corner of a document? ...
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What is the most bizarre thing you have seen done with TeX

I think the questions says it all! :) By TeX, I mean any derivative of TeX as long as the code is clearly a derivative of TeX, i.e. that it could belong on TeX.SX (and not pure Lua for example). ...
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How to create a Caesar's encryption disk using LaTeX

How can I create a Caesar's encryption disk with LaTeX? I guess, the ultimate solution would take a arbitrary list of letters and calculate the spaces and angles for each letter automatically. So ...