So, I'm looking for the easiest way of drawing something like this. It's a simple diagram.

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Is the picture environment the most appropiate one?


2 Answers 2


One possibility using TikZ and multipart rectangles:


  rectangle split,
  rectangle split parts=#1,
  text width=2cm,
  anchor=north east,


% The stack to the left
\node[mystack=2] at (0,0) (sta1)   
\draw[white,line width=3pt] (sta1.south west) -- (sta1.south east);
\node[fill=red!50,single arrow,rotate=-90,text width=10pt] at (sta1) {};

% The stack to the right
\node[mystack=3] at (5,0) (sta2) 
\draw[white,line width=3pt] (sta2.south west) -- (sta2.south east);

% The red and black arrows
\draw[line width=2pt,red,->] 
  ([xshift=1cm]sta1.east) -- ++(20pt,0);
\draw[line width=1pt,<-] 
  ([xshift=5pt]sta2.two split east) -- ++(10pt,0) node[right] {ESP};


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  • +1 for \draw[white ... at lower border and \rule{0pt}... to fix stack height. Could you explain how do you know each stack line height is 5mm?
    – Ignasi
    Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 8:55
  • @Ignasi thanks for the vote! Regarding your question, I'm a little confused; which are the stack lines you are referring to? Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 13:31
  • In sta1 you use \rule{0pt}{2cm} while in \sta2 rule heigth is only 1.5cm, and both stacks show same height. How did you decide this 5mm difference?
    – Ignasi
    Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 14:14
  • @Ignasi ah, now I understand. Well, the values were just found "by eye" (I'm not sure if that's the right English expression). Commented Jun 3, 2013 at 14:19

I think that a good choice is the pstricks package, or any other design/draw software.

Use graphics package to include .jpg, .eps, .png... files in the .tex file.

Here you can see some examples:



If you want to write me, you can do it in spanish at [email protected]. I'm starting learning PSTricks. If you are using it, remember to compile with xelatex or use other options like the ones you can find here:

How to use PSTricks in pdfLaTeX?

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