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pgfplots: how can I scale to text width?

This question led to a new package: tikzscale When I try to scale a plot with: width=\textwidth there is some horizontal space between the start/end of the plot and the start/end of the ...
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What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) for PGF/TikZ?

Are there any WYSIWYG editors for PGF/TikZ? Perhaps something similar to LyX but for PGF/TikZ? If there is no WYSIWYG editor for this tandem, is there one perhaps that allows the user to easily ...
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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 ...
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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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“Single ampersand used with wrong catcode” error using tikz matrix 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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How can I set the TikZ label anchor explicitly?

I want to add a label to a node, but "inside" the node. Something like this: The manual seems to indicate it might be possible, although no actual key is named. The ... anchor point for the ...
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Package PGF Math Error: Unknown operator `o' or `of'

I am getting a weird error while trying to place a node above another node using the below= syntax. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[] (node1) at ...
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How can I force TikZ pin angle?

I'm trying to draw a resultant force diagram like so: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) -- (90:2.7) -- ++ (-13:12) ...
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Easy curves in TikZ

I find myself needing to draw lots of elegantly curved paths in TikZ. Ideally, I'd just specify a series of points, and TikZ would calculate the extra data itself to draw a nice series of curves ...
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TikZ picture shapes

I am very new to the TikZ package, and I need to draw some flow chars by using the following shapes. However I couldn't figure out how to draw the 4th and and 6th ones below. It would be very nice ...
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Simplest way to overlay a text + rectangle label an image?

For my figures thus far I've been using LaTeX's straightforward figure code, i.e.: \begin{figure} \centering \includegraphics[width=6.5in]{figure.png} \caption[Stuff here]{(A) More stuff ...
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How to establish node-anchor-like points on a (tikz) rectangle path (is there a better method than the one described)?

Background and desired functionality Rectangles can be drawn with tikz in a number of ways, one way of doing so is to define a rectangle node as follows: \node (rectangle) [draw, rectangle] {A ...
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Plotting bell shaped curve in TikZ-PGF

I want to create some bell shaped curves for demonstrating hypothesis testing in statistics. Can anybody help me drawing curves like shown in the following picture?
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Using opacity in TikZ causes strange rendering in Acrobat.

I have a problem using opacity in TikZ. Whenever I use it somewhere in a picture, I get weird side-effects: colors in (some) other parts of the documents are changed apparently randomly and it makes ...
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Using math in TikZ

I know it has been asked and answered before, and I need to put { and } around it, but for some reason this doesn't work: \draw (0,0) -- ({atan(1)}:{sqrt(2)}); Any idea why?
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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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Is it possible to change the color of a single bar when the bar plot is based on symbolic values?

I am beginner in LaTeX, trying to use it for industrial documents. I wonder if there is a way to change the color of only one bar of the plot below, ie "TestDetails", to illustrate it is a local macro ...
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padded boundary of convex hull

I'm trying to draw a boundary around a convex set of circular nodes in TikZ. The aim is to have it padded by 1cm, with an arc at the corners between segments, like this: I currently have the ...
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Problem with babel and tikz using \draw

I'm trying the next code: \documentclass[pdftex,spanish]{article} \usepackage{babel} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} Simple arrow: \begin{tikzpicture} \draw[->] (-1.5,0) -- (1.5,0); ...
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List of available TikZ libraries with a short introduction

Quick links: Summary ❧ Intersections library ❧ Arrow tips library ❧ Calc library ❧ Mindmap Library ❧ Shapes library ❧ Paper Folding Library ❧ Chains Library ❧ Shapes library Very often I ...
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How can I speed up LaTeX compilation?

The slowest part is a dozen of diagrams in TikZ.
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3-dimensional histogram in pgfplots

I have a simple 3d histogram which I want to import into pgfplots, e.g. using matlab2tikz or by hand. PGFplots does not offer 3d histograms. Is there an easy way to do this?
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Curve through a sequence of points with Metapost and TikZ

This question led to a new package: hobby I found Metapost best for drawing complex smooth curves (i.e., Bezier, splines), since you do not have to directly specify Bezier control points. ...
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Pgfplots: how to fill the area under a curve with oblique lines (hatching) as a pattern?

I want to hatch the area under a curve (graph of a function) with oblique lines on an interval (to illustrate the function's integral on that interval). This can be done elegantly in gnuplot... ...
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3D helix torus with hidden lines

How can I generate the above image using TikZ (possibly other methods will work if they produce better looking results)? I would like to have a nicely shaded (not so dark image) without gridlines ...
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Hobby path realization in convex hull approach

Motivation In the answer Highlight a group of nodes in a tikz tree, Jake suggested combining the convex hull approach from padded boundary of convex hull with the hobby path and I was really ...
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Faded drop-shadow using tikz-based rounded rectangle?

Background Epigraphs are in a box with rounded corners. The boxes have a drop-shadow. Example Picture #1 shows a shadow, while Picture #2 shows a shadow that fades out (soft blur): Problem ...
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Drawing different tikz shapes parameterized by data from a file

I have a file with three columns of data, x, y, r. # x y r 1 1 0.1 2 2 0.5 3 3 1.2 and so on. I'd like to loop over the rows, and draw a circle at x,y with radius r for each row. I first thought ...
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Strange arrow mark with TikZ edge and anchors.

When I draw an edge between two nodes with anchors and globally set option [->], I get an additional arrow tip symbol at the beginning of the last edge in the path. For example in ...
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Pascal's triangle in tikz

I would like to typeset the top part of Pascal's triangle. To get the triangle with the names of the binomial coefficients, i.e., {n \choose k}, I used the following code \begin{tikzpicture} \foreach ...
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Measuring align

From what I read it seems that align environments are processed twice: the first time for measuring, the second time for actual typesetting. My question is whether one can get access to these ...
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What is the minimum one needs to know to use TikZ?

I am fed up with the poor quality of the pictures in the papers written by my graduate students and am trying to convince them to use TikZ. I know of three ways to begin learning TikZ: The TikZ ...
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Draw arc in tikz when center of circle is specified

It would be convenient sometimes to be able to draw an arc in tikz by specifying the center of the corresponding circle its radius the initial/final angle i.e., the "natural" way an arc is ...
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Mouseover events in beamer: hovering on \eqref and a comment containing the original equation popping up

This idea came into my mind while I was listening to a speaker presenting his results in a seminar, he used lots of equation references in his later slides, however I can't remember which equation he ...
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How to customize the table of contents using TikZ?

Are you aware of tentatives to customize the table of contents with TikZ? I am thinking of fancy graphical objects (coloured ovals, squares, rectangles...) coming with "chapter" or the numbering, for ...
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TikZ rectangular node with different rounded corners

This is my minimal example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[rounded corners=3pt, draw, fill=red!20]{Hallo!}; \end{tikzpicture} ...
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High level digital design in TikZ

I am very new to TikZ and I have trouble making a diagram similar to the one here: My problems are specifically making MUX to get to inputs which would be on 1/3 and 2/3 of the width. Taking sigma ...
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Insertion of perpendicular symbol at intersection of two perpendicular lines

This provides good details on How to draw a line passing through a point and perpendicular to another?. What I would like to do is to extend this somehow to add the usual geometry symbol to indicate ...
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Bounding box is larger than expected when drawing a curved path

I have been working on logo for my department and I have the following code. The problem is that whenever I compile the diagram seems to be larger than the actual logo. I do not know what is the ...
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Creating a node fitting the horizontal width of two other nodes

I have the two PGF nodes foo and bar positioned in a row. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{positioning} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[node ...
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How to draw a return arrow from node-3 to node-1

Say I have a code to draw a flow chart, I want now a arrow from node 3 to node 1, how can I do that? 1<--| | | 2 | | | 3---- MWE \documentclass[class=article,border=0pt]{standalone} ...
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Tikz: joining points on a circle

I have the following figure I would like to draw portions of circles between some of the red points. More explicitly, I would like to go from ac1 to ab1 and then to ac2 following circle A, then go ...
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Drawing relationships between elements of a database

I am looking into a feasible way of drawing relationships between Elements from a database. An example: Element x is related to Element Y via the Role "sister". Relationships exist in the form 1:1, ...
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Applying a postaction to every path in TikZ

Sometime, for example in a solution to a recent question, one wants to apply a postaction (like a decoration) to a group of paths. A naive solution is to use every path/.style={}. Unfortunately this ...
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Problem with defining shortcuts for TikZ matrices.

For answering a question yesterday I wanted to define a shortcut for creating a matrix inside a tikzpicture. As a minimal example, consider \newcommand\mymatrix[1]{ \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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Create xkcd style diagram in TeX

The unique style of the diagrams at xkcd has an informative but nice hand-drawn touch. I guess they are actually drawn by hand but just recently on our partner site for Mathematica someone asked how ...
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Correctly scaling a tikzpicture

I was wondering which is the correct way to scale a tikzpicture. I tried with \begin{tikzpicture}[scale=0.50] but what I obtain is that distances between elements are scaled but not their sizes or ...
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How can I create a pdf document exactly as big as my tikz picture?

I often create pictures in tikz that I want to either send to someone, or include in an email. The problem with that is that there is a big white space around and and especially below my pictures. To ...
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How can I use TikZ to make standalone (SVG) graphics?

I would like to use TikZ in other settings than TeX and I'd especially like to use the drawings on websites where the text should be searchable and selectable. However, I'm unsure of the best way to ...
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How can I draw an egg using TikZ?

I would like to draw an egg-format element, but I have only found ways of drawing ellipses.