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How can/should I include annotated images?

It's often the case that I'd like to include some graphic in a LaTeX document and overlay it with some text or other annotation, maybe including arrows or other simple graphics. The annotations can be ...
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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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tikz: Distribute evenly and randomly circles

I want to fill a part of a picture with more or less evenly and randomly distributed circles which should not overlap. It would be okay if circles are only partly inside the shape. The density should ...
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Exporting from Inkscape to LaTeX - via TikZ

I know only the very basics of TikZ, having only used it to produce a pretty flow chart for one of my documents. I recently learned that you can use Inkscape and export to TikZ. What are the ...
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How can I fix jumping TikZ pictures in beamer?

The problem of stuff jumping in beamer is a common one, (see e.g. Avoiding jumping frames in beamer) and we've seen it here from time to time (I imagine the "related" list at the side will be quite ...
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Image with axis

I need to plot some data in a file (10000 records of 2 points each one) but PGFPlots is very very slow rendering it. So I'm trying to use MatLab to plot the data, capture the image without axis and in ...
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Is there a way to control whitespace around a TikZ picture?

When I draw a tikzpicture that includes paths, I get quite a bit of extra whitespace added around the elements of the picture. Depending on the elements the figure contains, this can work out in some ...
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Draw a prism in TikZ or PSTricks

Is there a way to define an polygon in plane and output an (orthogonal) prism with that polygon as its base? The prism should be drawn in 3D in parallel oblique perspective with controllable height h, ...
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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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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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Combining |- and !.5! in TikZ

How do I combine the !.5! operator with the -| operator? I want a node that has x-coordinate equal to the average of x coordinates of nodes A and B, and a y-coordinate equal to the average the y ...
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Faded or blurred lines

My question was inspired by Rotate fading in tikz where the inquiror is drawing laser beams that shall look somewhat blurred not as lines but as boxes with a fading. The problem with this approach is ...
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Repeated division - Converting from base 10 to another base

I am teaching how to convert from one base to another base, however, I can't find a way to do something like this: I know little about Tikz, the only thing I have been able to produce is a simple ...
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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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How can I draw a Karnaugh map

Can you please help me drawing the kmap as shown in the link. A sample of the circles around the 1's is sufficient. *Edit** I made the following code. Can you help me now in completing this ...
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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 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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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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How to typeset a TikZ picture inside a node?

The contents of a node are drawn in text mode. Is there a way, short of introducing a tikzpicture environment, to draw a picture inside a node? Nesting tikzpicture environments is problematic, also ...
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Accessing the logic values of a TikZ coordinate

In TikZ accessing the coordinate values of a node can be done using the let syntax of the calc library or using the PGF command \pgfpointanchor. However, this values are dimensions/lengths in points ...
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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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How to vertically center the \vdots in this node?

I'd like the \vdots in this chain to have the same distance to both of the arrows. I know that I could manually shift the node so that it looks right, but there must be a better solution. How? ...
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Dependent node size in TikZ

I'm producing some control theory flow sheets in TikZ where I have specified the node box size. Since I'm making a lot of these flow sheets, I have set global styles for them, for instance the box ...
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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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How to fix TikZ corners in 3D

Am trying to draw a simple rectangle and there seems to be minor issue with two of the endpoints (f and d in the following). I tried line cap=rect as suggested by Bad intersection of lines in TikZ but ...
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Foreach inside a TikZ matrix

Consider this MWE: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{matrix} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \matrix [matrix of nodes] { a \\ b \\ c \\ }; \end{tikzpicture} ...
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not implies, not Leftarrow, description in the middle of an arrow in TikZ-cd

Is there a way to put $\nLeftarrow$ instead of some arrows in TikZ? Specifically, how do I change it to "B does not imply A" in the following code. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz-cd} ...
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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 Specify two level row and column labels of a matrix by braces?

I'm trying to write the following matrices. I used the following code (given by Caramdir) \documentclass{article} % Load TikZ \usepackage{tikz} ...
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Tikz with positioning does not work with DVI

I have the following Tikz picture: \begin{tikzpicture} \node (a) {A}; \node [below=2cm of a] (b) {B}; \end{tikzpicture} When I compile this code with PDF-LaTeX, I get the expected result: "B" ...
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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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Tikz and babel error

This code works correctly: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{positioning,calc} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \tikzset{ every picture/.prefix style={ ...
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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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Summary of Tikz commands

Many times, when I'm coding a tikz-picture, I don't remember the command syntax or the name of one option, and I have to look in pgf-manual is not very short. Does anybody has a summary of Tikz ...
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Outsourcing TikZ code

My Tex files get very confusing since I have multiple long TikZ code in them. How do you organize your files when it comes to TikZ?
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What are the new features in TikZ/pgf 3.0?

Since the December 20, 2013, we have new major release of the wonderful TikZ/pgf package: version 3.0.0! 1 Unfortunately, I was not able to find a nice human readable list of changes, that goes to ...
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Draw mechanical springs in TikZ

Currently I am using the following path style to draw springs in TikZ \tikzstyle{spring}=[thick,decorate,decoration={zigzag,pre length=0.1cm,post length=0.1cm,segment length=6}] for example ...
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Global variables for all tikz drawings in a document

Sorry if this question sounds too elementary. I am new to TikZ, although I have experience with LaTeX. Say I have multiple TikZ statements in a LaTeX document like the following: \tikz\draw[line ...
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How can I draw an arc from point A -> B on a 3D sphere in TikZ?

I'm basing myself on http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/spherical-and-cartesian-grids/ and now I need to add a arc from point P to Q. What I was able to get so far: ...
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Why draw diagrams using LaTeX when there are open source tools like OpenOffice?

I was looking at recent questions here and was surprized that people were drawing diagrams in LaTeX, when it can be done in SmartDraw, OpenOffice or other programs. Is there any benefit to using LaTeX ...
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Headers and page numbers in external borders

I am trying to recreate in *TeX the same aspect that you can see in the following picture showing a document that I created a while ago with MS Publisher. As you can see, page numbers are rendered ...
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Moebius Strip using TikZ

I'm wondering whether is possible to draw a Moebius Strip using TikZ. The closest thing I've seen is in Texamples' page, but no luck so far! Do you have any ideas? I don't even have a MWE (sorry)
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How to draw a line passing through a point and perpendicular to another?

I'm having a bit of a headache right now as I can't draw this basic figure: A straight line goes through points A and B. Another line is perpendicular to AB and goes through an arbitrary point P. I ...
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Arrow with two colors with TikZ

I want to create with TikZ a yellow arrow with black margin (border, edge). I thought I could do this by using two arrows which lie on the top of each other, e.g. with: \documentclass[12pt,twoside, ...
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Define a variable in TikZ

I guess this is a very simple question, but I couldn't find the answer... How can I define a variable in TikZ? I want to have something like, for example: \draw[->] (x1,y1)--(x2,y2); Such that ...
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Explanatory bubbles in beamer

In the MWE below I want to place an "explanatory bubble" (see picture inserted below) pointing to the word "Integer" in the 8th line (the bubble should superimpose the text, a transparency effect such ...
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Drawing random paths in TikZ

I am looking for a way to draw with TikZ something that looks like a random path. Here is an inspiration: Is it possible to have TikZ generate something that would be similar to a random path ...
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TikZ manual newest version online?

Is there a definite place where TikZ manual can be found online? I am only finding version 2.00, while I keep loosing the link to 2.10. Does the official site host the manual somewhere, or is it ...
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How to draw these (closed contours) diagrams using TikZ or PSTricks?

First, I must say I have no knowledge about PGF/TikZ nor PSTricks, but I would like to draw the following or similar closed contours using one of them or another adequate package. Where can I find the ...
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Dotted lines in TikZ with round dots

Well, the title explains all, I guess. Sorry if this is too simple for all the TikZ gurus here: but I want a dash pattern like "dotted" for drawning but with round dots and not the little squares. How ...