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How can I use an hbox inside a TikZ environment for text dimension measurement?

I'm trying to use an \hbox to measure the dimensions of a certain text. This is working in normal text as in the following example: \setbox37=\hbox{this is a text that I want to measure} text width ...
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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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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 draw an egg using TikZ?

I would like to draw an egg-format element, but I have only found ways of drawing ellipses.
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What is the easiest way to draw 3D cube with TikZ?

I'm trying to find the easiest way to draw a 3D cube (it's for my UML diagram) with TikZ. Could you please give an example? Like this:
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Add more anchors to standard TikZ nodes

I frequently find myself needing more than the standard anchors TikZ nodes provide, i.e. north, north east, east and so forth. I usually use coordinate calculations for this, as in the example below, ...
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Label angle with tikz

I am able to draw a nice right triangle with \begin{tikzpicture}[thick] \draw (0,0) -- (4,0) node[midway,below]{$f$} -- (4,2) node[midway,right]{$\frac{x}{2}$}-- cycle; \end{tikzpicture} Now I ...
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Draw Curly Braces in TikZ

I am using TikZ with the following code to draw a picture. How can I turn the curly bracket next to $P_2$ to the right? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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How to draw graphs in LaTeX?

I need to draw simple graph (for example Petersen Graph) in LaTeX. I am using Kile in Ubuntu. I exactly don't know that which package should I use. Any suggestion with example is highly expected.
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How can I know if a node is already defined?

I think I've seen this question before, but I can't find it. The problem is simple; before I assign a name to a node I would like to know if the name is already used. I think when a node is created ...
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Legend in tikzpicture

I am looking for a way to create a legend in a regular tikzpicture. I found this Using a pgfplots-style legend in a plain-old tikzpicture but I don't know how to put the legend at the wanted ...
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Stroke with variable thickness

Can you create lines with variable thickness (line width) in Tikz?
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Properly aligning drawn lines between the corners of 2 rectangular nodes in TikZ?

When I draw a thick line from the corner of one box to the same corner of another, it doesn't attach properly. See the code and picture below: \documentclass[a4paper, 11pt]{article} ...
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How to generate all possible Venn diagrams (with the case below) efficiently?

I can draw Venn diagrams but now my question is more complicated than just drawing Venn diagrams one by one. I need to draw all possible Venn diagrams efficiently. I need a combinatorical approach ...
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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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Absolute positioning in beamer

It's easy to absolute position something using remember picture with TikZ, but it only works with pdfLaTeX. I can get something working by using negative vskip and hskips (trial and error), but that ...
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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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How to redefine \lstinline to automatically highlight or draw frames around all inline code snippets?

How to redefine \lstinline to automatically highlight or draw frames around all inline code snippets? E.g. using \bh and \eh commands from Highlight text in code listing while also keeping syntax ...
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How to submit a set of tikz command with pgfkeys?

I would like to send a serie of tikz keys to a tikz path with the pgfkeys interface. I succeeded with the following code but is there a simpler way to do that ? Can I do the same thing with something ...
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Nested foreach inside a TikZ matrix for both rows and columns

I'm trying to create a matrix using nested \foreach loops. I tried following the example I found in a previous question, but I keep getting errors. Here is the code I tried to run: ...
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TikZ borders showing through when they shouldn't (overlapping circles)

If you draw two circles that are exactly the same in all aspects (location, size, etc...) except they have different colors, then the "border" of the underlying circle is showing through. ...
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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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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 to scale a tikzpicture including texts?

It seems that the scale option scales only the length of lines, but not the size of texts. For instance, 1 and true and not scaled in the following code. \begin{tikzpicture}[thick, scale=0.6] \draw ...
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Drawing Mechanical Systems in LaTeX

I really like CircuiTikZ for drawing diagrams in my LaTeX documents. However I mostly draw mechanical and not electronic systems, which is why I'm looking for some similar way to draw mechanical ...
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Creating gears in TikZ

I am trying to create a gear in TikZ in which the number of spikes can be determined and the size as well. I was looking through the pgfmanual and stumbled upon the decorations section and I tried a ...
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TikZ: Node at same x-coordinate as another node, but specified y-coordinate?

In TikZ, if I have a node (A), how do I create a node (B) with the same x-coordinate as (A), but a given y-coordinate?
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TikZ matrix as a replacement for tabular

I would like to use TikZ matrices to for some drawings. I am currently using nodes and positioning them manually to simulate a tabular. That helps in positioning arrows and shading. However, if I ...
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Large braces over several items in an itemize with text by the brace

This question is related to this question: Adding large brace next to body text, but is not a duplicate. I have an itemize in a beamer presentation. I want to put a brace over some of these items. So ...
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How to draw a shaded sphere?

Andrew Stacey pointed out that the Rosetta Code entry "Draw a Sphere" doesn't have a TikZ entry yet. Is there a way to draw a "properly" shaded sphere using TikZ? The ball shading would seem an ...
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TikZ: difference between \node and \coordinate?

What is the difference between \node and \coordinate in TikZ? Exchanging them does no visual effect in my (to be honest: still simple) pictures. When to use what?
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Tikz: purely vertical arrow from nodeA.south to nodeB.north

I have the following tikz code % compilation command: pdflatex --jobname=Diag-f1 Diag.tex \documentclass{book} \usepackage{tikz} \pgfrealjobname{Diag} \begin{document} \beginpgfgraphicnamed{Diag-f1} ...
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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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In TikZ, is it possible to nest nodes?

My use case: I am drawing chemical schemes. Each molecule contains several nodes. However, I also want to put each molecule into a "wrapper" node, so that I can use the usual anchors in combining ...
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Macro to access a specific member of a list

I want to be able to have a macro access a specific element of a list. The following code works, however requires me to have two separate macros: one that accepts a list, and the other that accepts ...
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Problems with TikZ calculations

When can I use functions and do calculations in TikZ? How do I make this work: \draw (0,0) arc(0:90:sqrt(15)); %not ok why is this working: \draw (0,0) arc(0:asin(1):5); %ok with ...
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How can I compute the distance between two coordinates in TikZ?

Given two points (defined, for instance using nodes), I want to compute the distance between them. Is there some build in functionality in tikz to do this? If not, how can it be done using the ...
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Shrink figure only when necessary?

I'm writing a report where I have generated and included several TikZ pictures which I also want to use in my beamer presentation. However, some of the pictures (but not all) which fit in the report ...
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Coordinates of intersections

In axis environment I have a curve and a line intersecting it. How can I get components of intersection-1, intersection-2 etc. in axis units? \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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Replicate this chart using LaTeX

I need to replicate this chart using LaTeX, I understand that TikZ should come in handy: Can anyone please show me the best and easiest way to render the chart? Any ideas, tips, nudges in the right ...
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Centering a TikZ picture around an area

I often find myself in the following situation: A tikzpicture of mine consists of a main area and some outer material like text labels which are hardly symmetric around the main area. If such a ...
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How to create a squiggle arrow with some text on it in TikZ?

I need to define a new command to create a squiggle arrow with some text on it. Something similar to what \xrightarrow command produces but with wiggly arrows as in \rightsquigarrow. The length of the ...
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Error with hobbyconvexpath

The hobby examples given on TEX.SX don't seem to be working with texlive 2013 (at least for me. For example, copying an MWE produces an error: \documentclass[tikz,border=2bp]{standalone} ...
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Squiggly arrows in tikz

Is it possible to get a path in tikz that looks like \rightsquigarrow?
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Is there something like \providetikzstyle similar to \providecommand?

I have standalone figures that I include in my document. These figures use statements like \providecommand{\HypotenuseLabel}{$h$} which allows the figure to have a default label, and which can be over ...
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How to emphasize within a listing two successive identifiers separated by a space?

I have this pgfplots code that I want to put in a lstlisting environment: \pgfplotsset{ every axis x label/.append style = { font = \small }, every axis y label/.append style = { ...
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How to draw a vertical line at a specified date in a Gantt chart?

I want to add a command to pgfgantt package that draw vertical line at a specified date (like the one for the today line). Here's what' I want to get (green line) : So I looked to pgfgantt.sty to ...
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Moving tiles of the pattern in TikZ

One of the problems with patterns is that you never know how individual tiles are going to be laid over the area. E.g. if you use star pattern, sometimes stars on the left side of the area shall be ...
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Putting a timeline for dates in moderncv

This question led to a new package: moderntimeline I just had the idea of using a timeline to specify dates in my CV. I've made a mockup in Inkscape: The idea, as you see it, is to display ...
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PowerPoint's “Smart Art” for TikZ?

This question led to a new package: smartdiagram I haven't been using PowerPoint for years, but today I immediately fell in love with its "Smart Art" feature (2010 version of PowerPoint). The ...