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An Example from the Microtype Documentation

While exploring the depths of the microtype package with regard to LuaTeX I came across this innocent looking page 18 from the microtype.pdf 2.5 beta-08. As the blue note in the margins hints a ...
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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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Draw somewhat random function

I am trying to reconstruct this image here I am not very happy with the code, as it uses hacking and adding white boxes and alike. My problem is now how do I draw the somewhat arbitary function in ...
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How to plot a lattice of points on the surface of a torus?

I am doing a report on the Ising model, without going into the complex details of the model, in its two-dimensional form it involves a lattice of points. Which, when periodic boundary conditions ...
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How to pimp my tube?

How can I pimp my tube? \documentclass{scrartcl} % needs logicpuzzle bundle v1.8 % http://mirrors.ctan.org/graphics/pgf/contrib/logicpuzzle/logicpuzzle.sty % or replace logicpuzzle -> battleship ...
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How to draw the region of inequality?

Everyone, I would like to draw the region \begin{align*} x_1 + x_2 &\ge 3 \\ 2x_1 - x_2 &\le 5 \\ -x_1 + 2x_2 &\le 3 \end{align*} Here is my code to draw the region of inequality: ...
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Polar histograms

I recently stumbled upon this post, that explains how to make polar histogramms with R. An improved version of R-package can be found here. Even though it looks unfamiliar, the result of is quite nice ...
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Rounded corners on only one side of a TikZ node

How can I make rounded corners on one side of my node (only right, only left)? \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node [fill=gray, rounded ...
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Draw 3D intersecting surfaces

Problem This is a shameless "just do it for me" graphics question, but honestly I have no idea where to start. I'd like to reproduce this figure The image shows the intersection of two ...
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3D solids with Tikz - or an alternative?

I want to draw 3D shapes in latex. I have tried out different strategies, but nothing has led me to a good solution yet. First what I want to do, then what I have done so far. In prioritized order, ...
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How to draw Brownian motions in tikz/pgf

Here I want to draw some Brownian motions in tikz, like this: Furthermore, I want to truncate the trajectory of Brownian motion, like this: I have tried many times with random functions in tikz, ...
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How can I draw nucleosomes with wrapped DNA in tikz or pstricks?

The nucleosome is the fundamental unit of DNA packing in cells, and I am trying to generate some figures for regular use in manuscripts and presentations. The nucleosome is commonly abstracted to a ...
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What's the easiest way to draw the arc defined by three points in TikZ?

An ordered set of three points uniquely defines a circular arc, and I'd like to be able to draw that arc in TikZ. I know about the arc drawing command, which does the job given a radius, two angles, ...
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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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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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Stroke with variable thickness

Can you create lines with variable thickness (line width) in Tikz?
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Node shapes in TikZ

I want to draw a block diagram for a software app and I need two shapes which I couldn't find on the Internet. The shapes are a parallelogram and a rectangle with double side margins. One is for data ...
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Script to automate externalizing TikZ graphics

Is there a script to automate externalizing TikZ graphics? (As suggested by Scott here)
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How can I create new commands in TikZ?

I am new to the use of TikZ. I have been evaluating the TikZ-KTikZ combination, over the last 2 days, as an alternative to Xfig, which I have used for 17 years. I have managed to create a grid ...
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Design of an asteroid belt in TikZ

How can I construct an asteroid belt in TikZ? That is my question: I get everything right, but I do not know how to make the asteroid belt. I have no code to add besides the preamble with TikZ ...
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Drawing polyhedra using TikZ with semi-transparent and shading effect

I would like to draw an Octahedron using TikZ, I found nowhere to start, I tried drawing 6 points and then connecting them properly, but this method gives no 3D feel at all, this is my drawing: ...
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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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Creating a Polar Grid with Tikz

I am trying to recreate the following image using tikz: So far, this is my code \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[>=latex] \fill[fill=lightgray] ...
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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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Saturn rings with TikZ

The planet and a ring are easily drawn. The challenge is to layer them in such a way that the far side of the ring is hidden from view behind the planet, and the near side of the ring eclipses the ...
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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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How to draw triangular grid in TikZ?

Is there an easy way to draw a triangular grid in TikZ, like this?
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Using TikZ, how to draw an elliptical arc starting from point A to point B with the origin as its center where both radii are given?

I am new to TikZ and reading its manual now. For the sake of exercises, I want to draw Batman's logo as follows: Using TikZ, how to draw an elliptical arc starting from point A to point B with the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Tikz: Multi-line text in the node description [duplicate]

I use tikz to create pictures in latex. My picture consists of set of nodes. Every node has its own text inside the node, for example, "This node is valuable": \node (mynode) [mystyle,right=of ...
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Align nodes containing numbers on the decimal separators

In a plot, I have several vertically distributed nodes containing numbers with different numbers of digits before and after the decimal separator, and a trailing percent sign. I would like to align ...
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How to set default style for arrow tips in TikZ?

I am creating multiple TikZ pictures within one document and would like to set the default style of arrow heads for all the pictures to the latex style, i.e. like -latex does, so that I don't have to ...
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Transparent node with opaque text?

Is there a simple way to create a transparent node with opaque text? Preferably without having to use a postaction or redraw the node. In the example below I'd like to achieve the effect of the first ...
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How to add a regression line to randomly generated points using pgfplots in Tikz?

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{color} \usepackage[active,pdftex,tightpage]{preview} \usepackage{pgfplots} \usepackage{pgfplotstable} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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How to draw a decorated rectangle with rounded corners?

As the title says, I was trying to draw a rectangle with rounded corners, and then decided it needed decorating. Well, the result looks awesome, but isn't really what I had in mind. a) What happened? ...
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Crop jpeg into circular tikz node

\documentclass[demo]{article} \usepackage{graphicx} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[circle,draw,inner sep=2cm]{\includegraphics{myimage.jpg}}; \end{tikzpicture} ...
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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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Drawing a flag with TikZ

I am trying to create a flag in TikZ but aesthetically it's not the best. Here is my MWE: \documentclass[letterpaper]{article} \usepackage{fullpage} %\usepackage{amsmath,amssymb,amsthm} ...
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How to draw a poset Hasse Diagram using TikZ?

I need to draw an Hasse Diagram using LaTeX. TikZ is the solution I would like to use. I tried with a simple structure involving trees but obviously when I need to join two nodes, it is not possible. ...
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Tikz - How to Draw Boxes Around Set of Nodes

How to draw the boxes as shown in the attached image? I could only manage to draw the chart but could not highlight the desired node / nodes with a rectangle box. Preferably dotted. I could not draw ...
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Fill of a thermometer

The objective here is to create a fill of the thermometer to a desired degree being this in Celsius or Fahrenheit. Of course optimizations in the code below are welcomed like how I create the labels ...
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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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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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Milestone graphic in TikZ

This question led to a new project for a TikZ based solution: timeline The author of the original artwork has posted his METAPOST based library: blueprint How could I implement a ...
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Making a Calendar for TUG

This question is triggered by a post from Peter Wilson in comp.text.tex`. Peter wrote: TUG members produced a calendar for 2012 and, if I remember correctly, for some previous years as well. I really ...
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Arguments for TikZ style

Motivation To put arrows inside of a TikZ path I have defined myself a TikZ style arrow inside. To make it even more portable I want it to take arguments like this \draw[arrow inside={pos = 0.1, end ...