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Drawing on an image with TikZ

Recently I have learned how to draw simple stuff with TikZ. I really like it. Now I wonder if it is possible to draw with TikZ on a image. Instead of pasting a image in Illustrator and adding some ...
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Should \tikzset or \tikzstyle be used to define TikZ styles?

The PGF/TikZ manual states in section 12.4 Using Graphic Options, page 120 (v2.10), that TikZ styles can be set using: \tikzset{my style/.style={<tikz options>},...} However, in several ...
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Difference between “right of=” and “right=of” in PGF/TikZ

In the PGF/TikZ manual, sometimes I see the option right of=somenode instead of right=of somenode. They look very similar, but the effects are different. The distance between nodes positioned with ...
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How to install a current version of TikZ?

TikZ is undergoing lots of development with new features being added, but the versions distributed with standard TeX releases are often a little old. How do I get the latest version? If I want to be ...
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Mindmap tikzpicture in beamer (reveal step by step)

I want to include a tikzpicture (mindmap) in beamer and I want the children to appear one after the other. So I use \visible but it don't works -- also not with \pause command. I get errors regarding ...
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Is it possible to change the size of an arrowhead in TikZ/PGF?

I'm trying to draw an arrow with a bigger head than normal. Is it possible without changing the style of the line itself?
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Manual/automatic line breaks and text alignment in TikZ nodes

How can I insert a line break in a TikZ node? Simply putting \\ where I want the break doesn't work (see MWE). Is there a way to make lines break automatically at some specified width? And can I ...
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Cool Text Highlighting in LaTeX

LaTeX has soul. ConTeXt, of course, has beautifully marked up "sharpie" highlighting, where you can put sweet hightligher under your text for free! In the pictured example, you can see highlights ...
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Good way to make \textcircled numbers?

I'm trying to make some good-looking numbers in a circle, using the simple command: \textcircled{1} However, the circle is misaligned vertically with the number, and look a bit sloppy: Any ...
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Extract x, y coordinate of an arbitrary point in TikZ

I need a macro to extract the x and y coordinates from an arbitrary point, like (3,4), or like (A), or like ([xshift=-2pt] A.north west), where A is the name of a node. I've seen the solution ...
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TikZ: How to draw an arrow in the middle of the line?

Like this: .------<------. | | v ^ | | '------>------' I am currently using \begin{scope}[very thick,->] \draw (-4,1)--(-4,0)--(0.1,0); \draw ...
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How can I invert a 'clip' selection within TikZ?

I wish to draw an arc for a reflex angle on the outside of a triangle with coordinates (A), (B) and (C). If I wanted to draw the arc inside the triangle I could use something like \begin{scope} ...
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Vertical and horizontal lines in pgf-tikz

It is easy to produce a path between two nodes consisting of a single horizontal and a single vertical line (from the manual): \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) node(a) [draw] {A} (1,1) node(b) ...
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Simulating hand-drawn lines

I am working on a project that will have some vector graphics, perhaps using TikZ (or a similar package). All of the graphics consists of lines, in shades of gray. However, the lines from TikZ appear ...
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How to scale a tikzpicture to \textwidth

I would like to scale my tikzpicture to exactly (or a proportion of) the \textwidth Of course I could play with the [scale=0.5] option until I found the right value, but I assume there must be an ...
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Using a pgfplots-style legend in a plain-old tikzpicture

I am using a plain-old tikzpicture to produce a pie-chart-like plot. Now, all other plots in my paper are handled using pgfplots (which doesn't do pie charts) and have their legend typeset by ...
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Axis break in pgfplots

Is there an easy way to 'break' the axis in a pgfplots environment? What I'm talking about is something like this Any minimal plot will do as an example...for example \documentclass{minimal} ...
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Export eps figures from TikZ

Section 32 Externalization Library of the pgfmanual (v2.10) explains how to generate PDF figures and EPS figures. I successfully tried it with PDF output (there is an example with a full explanation ...
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How to draw arrows between parts of an equation to show the Math Distributive Property (Multiplication)?

there is a part of my paper where I use the distributive property and it's not that clear for the reader to see (I'm using in proposional logic for a proof). The logic equation (part of) is: (l_{1}) ...
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Custom and built in TikZ fill patterns

I can't find much information about creating TikZ fill patterns or even using the custom built-in patterns. Look to do all the common fills like lines, hatches, dots, stars, etc... I need to be able ...
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Materials for learning TikZ

I feel intimidated in learning TikZ. I was wondering if there are some nice materials (or just your replies) at different level: for providing big picture, which is important to beginners to not ...
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How to make beamer overlays with Tikz node

I have a diagram of 4 nodes in my beamer slide. \begin{figure}[h] \begin{centering} \begin{tikzpicture}[system/.style={draw,rectangle,rounded corners=3,minimum width=2cm,text width=1.8cm,text ...
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Highlighting in Beamer using TikZ nodes

This question led to a new package: aobs-tikz Is it possible to alter the code in the following MWE to the effect that “ABCD” is visible on both slides but only on the second it has the red ...
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How do I add an image in the upper, left-hand corner using TikZ and graphicx

This is perhaps a simple question with a simple answer, but I'm stumped as a tikz novice. What would be the best method to add an image (logo) file to the upper left-hand corner of my document? ...
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Drawing heatmaps using TikZ

Introduction I want to create a heatmap using TikZ. You can see the basic idea in the picture below: I basically have a table of values and each value is assigned a color. The picture is the result ...
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How can we draw a Christmas tree with decorations, using TikZ?

I would like to use TikZ for drawing a christmas tree. Here's a start, I used the lindenmayersystems library for drawing a tree: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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TikZ \foreach loop with macro-defined list

I have a small problem with the TikZ \foreach loop whenever the list, over which we loop, is defined my a macro. The following code example will show my problem: \documentclass{scrartcl} ...
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How to create magnified subfigures and corresponding boxes for portions of a large image

Updated Below I hope the title gets at what I'm trying to do. I have a large image for a thesis on an image processing topic, and I want show the large image, with zoomed in boxes (typically with the ...
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How do you draw the “snake” arrow for the connecting homomorphism in the snake lemma?

How does one draw the "snake" arrow for the connecting homomorphism when using the snake lemma? I'd also be interested in drawing similar arrows act as "carriage returns" when considering a long ...
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“Z-level” in TikZ

This is an idle question, but neverthless, I think it's interesting. Does TikZ have a simple way to implement a "z-level" specification. By this, I don't mean 3D drawing, I mean specifying which ...
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tikzmark to have different behaviour if first run (and mark locations not yet available)

The macro \tikzmark has been incredibly useful to me, but do not like the default behavior upon first run. So, I would like to be able to determine if this is a first run (where there coordinates of ...
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How to draw Venn diagrams (especially: complements) in LaTeX

What I am up to is to write some exercises dealing with logical formulas for my students, like: And the students should draw these formulas on Venn diagrams. At the end of the lesson, I really ...
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Parametrize shading in table through TikZ

I wanted to do some shading in a table according to its values. For example, if you see the table below: a b c d a 90 10 0 0 b 0 80 10 10 c 0 0 95 5 d 0 10 5 85 I want to ...
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TikZ: changing colour of a path half way along

Here's the problem: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} [scale = 3, foo/.style={line width = 5pt}] \draw[foo,red] (0,0) -- (0,1); \draw[foo,blue] (0,1) -- ...
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Is there a TikZ equivalent to the PSTricks \ncbar command?

Although I now use TikZ, every so often I find myself looking for very useful PSTricks commands which don't seem to exist in TikZ. The pst-node package has an \ncbar command which allows one to ...
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How to place a node in the middle of an arc?

I think it is a simple question, but I didn't find the answer yet. The code I'm using is the following: \draw[->](1,0) arc(0:-30:1) node[midway]{$30$}; But in this way the node is placed at the ...
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Fundamental differences : PSTricks, TikZ/PGF and others

OK, since this is a pretty vague and subjective question. I need to set up some borders around the discussion that I intend to benefit from. But before anything, I certainly do NOT want to excite the ...
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Drawing simple 3D cylinders in TikZ

I'm trying to draw some simple 3D objects in TikZ. I can do spheres and cuboids okay, but I'm struggling with circular cylinders: When rotating the scene (I use tikz-3dplot for this), the end faces ...
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Draw a bivariate normal distribution in TikZ

For a small class I want to draw a bivariate normal distribution and show where the means from the two variables meet in the space. Has anyone done this in TikZ?
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How to draw tangent line of an arbitrary point on a path in TikZ

Suppose I specify some node as occurring at some point on a path. Say for example the node (P) defined on the following path. \path[draw] (0,9) to[out=-90,in=180] (9,0) node[pos=0.7,circle] (P) {}; ...
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Background coloring with overlay specification in algorithm2e + beamer package

I want to highlight some portion of my pseudo codes in my slides during the course of presentation. It's easy in powerpoint and I've made a sample slide: However, I couldn't manage to get a similar ...
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use of tikzpicture matrix in align or gather environment

So far I have found using the matrix command in the TikZ package is the only way of drawing a T-shape around the bottom row and middle column of entries in a matrix. I now need to use this matrix in ...
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How can I work around this TikZ bug: (\x)^2 and \x^2 produce different results in TikZ plot?

I have some files with TikZ graphics that have suddenly changed appearance since I upgraded to PGF-2.10. Here is a minimal example: \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} ...
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Sieve of Eratosthenes in tikz

I am writing notes for my students under the topic of prime factorization and I needed to illustrate the Sieve of Eratosthenes and this is what I came up with in tikz: \documentclass{article} ...
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3D bodies in TikZ

Is there like a library that has default geometric figures like the ones shown below. Am not acquainted yet with 3D diagrams in TikZ.
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How to draw a torus

Is there an easy way to draw a contour image of torus below with tikz? Or for that matter with any other graphics package.
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PGFplots foreach equivalent to TikZ's with multiple variables separated by a slash

I like TikZ's capability to traverse multiple variables separated by a slash in the foreach (as in the example below). I am looking for something equivalent in PGFplots? I saw in the documentation ...
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How can I draw a TikZ element multiple times against a shaded background?

If I have two tikzpictures drawn: \documentclass{article} \usepackage[margin = 1in]{geometry} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{decorations.pathmorphing,calc,shapes,shapes.geometric,patterns} ...
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Unknown error using tikz matrix of nodes in beamer

I am having trouble getting a basic example of a matrix of notes to show up in my beamer presentation. I am using the code copied from the pgf manual. Here is a complete working example. The error I ...
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Windows API error 5: “Access is denied” when trying to compile TikZ picture

I installed PGF but are unable to compile the following document: \documentclass[10pt]{article} \usepackage{pgf,tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) --(1,2); \end{tikzpicture} ...