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How to make TikZ faster?

I have a long document containing plenty of TikZ figures and it is painfully slow to compile it. Is there any specific TikZ tips / good practices you could recommend me so that I can write figures ...
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How to draw a coffee cup

Topologists need to explain that coffee cups are homeomorphic to donuts. There are nice ways to draw donuts. So far, my best attempt is \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{...
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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} \end{...
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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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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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Programming Conway's Game of Life in LaTeX

My aim is to program Conway's Game of Life in LaTeX, and make the output into an animated PDF. I intend to use PGF/TikZ for this, especially pgfmath, but I'm stuck at the moment because I need to ...
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Why doesn't TikZ's \foreach iterate over the last element of the list?

This code \documentclass{report} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw[dashed] (1,-1) -- (1,2) node[above] {$1$}; \draw[dashed] (2,-1) -- (2,2) node[above] {$2$}; \foreach ...
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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 draw a line of dots in tikz?

Instead of drawing a dashed line as follows: \draw [dashed] (10,1) -- (10,11); I would like to draw a list of dots from (10,1) to (10,11), like ........., but vertically. Could anyone tell me what ...
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Chutes and Ladders

I am trying to make a Chutes and Ladders style game. I have managed to piece together a board, but I plan to change the location of squares, ladders, and slides for future boards. The ladder is a ...
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Package for typesetting Feynman diagrams (efficiency of `feynmp` and `tikz`)

This question led to a new package: TikZ-Feynman Is there any good package for typesetting lots of Feynman diagrams? My question arise because Feynmp: Circle with three vertices lead me take a ...
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How to draw a sine wave on a circular path in tikz

I want to draw circular waves like these: in TikZ.
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How to make the length of a car moving on a roller coaster track remain unchanged?

For any arbitrary parametric smooth curve, how can I make the length of a car remain unchanged? \documentclass[pstricks,border=12pt]{standalone} \usepackage{pst-plot,pst-node} \pstVerb { tx@...
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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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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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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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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 milestone ...
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Topological Quantum Field Theory diagrams with pstricks or tikz

This question led to a new package: tqft — Blog: The TQFT Package I'm going to write a brief note about topological quantum field theories, so I need to draw some copies of the "pair of pants"... ...
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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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How can we draw a 3D Christmas gift box, with TikZ?

In the spirit of How can we draw a Christmas tree with decorations, using TikZ? Can you draw a 3D Christmas gift box with as many details as possible(bow tie, elevated lid/bow, patterned wrapping ...
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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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How can I draw a spiral that gets arbitrary close to a unit circle?

I would like to draw something like this: The circle in the center is not connected to the spiral, but the spiral gets arbitrary close to the circle. A problem why I can't draw this is that I don'...
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Filling a complex region with TikZ

I'm trying to fill a complex region which is defined by six intersections of 4 hyperbolas. As you can see here: In particular I want to fill the region which is bounded and defined by the 6 points. ...
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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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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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No room for a new \dimen when including TikZ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: No room for a new \dimen I have a fairly large document which uses 30 or so packages. I was going to add some TikZ graphics, so I added the following to my header file: \...
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How to set exact radius for a node?

I have a bunch of nodes and would like to size them so that their areas represent some numbers I have (so that if I have two nodes with corresponding values 1 and 2, then the second node's area should ...
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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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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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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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How to make bend lines/arrows with TikZ?

I've been testing out TikZ lately, but I'm still quite new to it. What I want to do is to create a line to indicate that a parameter belongs to a part of the drawing. For example "This surface that I'...
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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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What is the correct way to get a pgfkey value?

This is my first foray into the pgfkeys package and I found the following behavior really odd. The Tikz/pgfkeys manual mentions two ways for setting key values: \pgfkeys{key=value} and \...
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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 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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Creating thicker Tikz mindmap connectors

I'm running MiKTeX 2.9, on a Windows 7 machine. My pdflatex compilation log lists: pgf 2008/01/15 v2.10 (rcs-revision 1.12) I am using TikZ's mindmap library to draw some graphics and I quite ...
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Helping cardinals elect the new Pope

Yes, we are talking about TeX and friends! Edit: I decided to move the background motivation to the end of the question, since it seems to be kind of off-topic in the TeX context. The following code ...
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PDF/A compatibility with TikZ

When a LaTeX document contains TikZ figures with color gradients, it seems that Acrobat Pro's preflight function can no longer convert the PDF to comply with the PDF/A-1b standard. For instance, the ...
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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 doesn'...
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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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Generate Mandelbrot images using TikZ?

In my thesis that I'm writing on, I'm using a Mandelbrot generator to test an application I've written. To explain a certain problem discussed in the report an actual generated image need to be ...
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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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Hatch a rectangle in TikZ

I know how to make a rectangle and fill it. But what shoud be done to hatch this rectangle with thin 45 degree inclined line with 2mm gap. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document}...
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Using TikZ to depict intonation

I am looking into using TikZ to represent pitch patterns over a phrase or sentence (intonation). I've got it to produce some useful results, already, as in the attached MWE (although in 1.1 the ...
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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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drawing patterns based on prime factorization

can someone help me generate code to type the diagram for any given natural number based on its prime factorization such as these diagrams consider the next number 36 and its prime factorization, $36=...
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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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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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How to prevent pgfplots from using the 10^n notation for axis ticks

When creating a plot like this one \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis} \addplot coordinates { (...
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Using Pantone/spot colors and TikZ together

This question led to a new package: xspotcolor I came to the end of writing book in LaTeX. Thanks to this great community I have succeeded to apply designer's wishes into document and I thought ...