I am trying to creating a logo that resembles this one shown below, but I do not know the best way of going about it. I know of a fonts package that may be useful, but not sure how to overlay the letters on top of each as so. Would anyone know a neat way of accomplishing this?

Picture of Logo:

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  • Is it necessary that you create this using LaTeX/TikZ? Or is using Inkscape or Illustrator also an option? Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 19:50
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    –1: Questions about how to draw specific graphics that just post an image of the desired result are really not reasonable questions to ask on the site. Please post a minimal compilable document showing that you've tried to produce the image and then people will be happy to help you with any specific problems you may have. See minimal working example (MWE) for what needs to go into such a document.
    – Tobi
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 20:42
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    @BartArondson: No, not any particulars. I did not know the best way to overlay text on each like so, but I was aware of the Tikz and pstricks but have not yet got to fully exploit those packages to put together anything comprehensive.
    – night owl
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 0:27
  • @Tobi: Thank You for the input. I do know about a MWE but did not come up with anything that would work. I knew the route to go but no idea how to correctly start.
    – night owl
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 6:47
  • It is always preferred to tell (at least) what you’ve tried yet. Otherwise it’s just a “do it for me” question which are not very welcome here (and everywhere else, too …)
    – Tobi
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 8:04

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This is an easy job with tikz. Change colors and glyphs by yourself to suit your needs. (I am bad in their selection ;-)...)

   \path[fill=Brown4!30!DarkBlue] (0,0) circle (1.17cm);
   \path[fill=blue!50!black!10] (0,0) circle (1.05cm and 1.1cm);
   \node[text=Brown4!30!DarkBlue,scale=3.5] at (-0.4,0.25) {R};
   \node[text=Brown4!30!DarkBlue,scale=3.5] at (0.25,-0.25) {T};

enter image description here

  • I think it looks lovely! Where did you find that font face? Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 23:18
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    @SeanAllred That is the font hated by many - Zapf Chancery :-)
    – user11232
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 23:19
  • I like it for decorative purposes like this, but it does seem like it would be a bad font for body text… too fancy :-) Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 23:24
  • @SeanAllred That is my feeling too. That is why the above comment :-)
    – user11232
    Commented Nov 14, 2013 at 23:26
  • Looks great Harrish. This will be a nice example to learn from as I am looking to learn more about the tikz package. Thank You.
    – night owl
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 0:39

If you have the glyphs that make up the components,

\usepackage{calc}% To make up for omission from stackengine V3.22
\stackinset{c}{-.6ex}{c}{+.45ex}{\small\itshape R}{%
\stackinset{c}{+.3ex}{c}{-.45ex}{\small\itshape T}{%

enter image description here

Once you have the look you like, you can \scalebox it to whatever size you need (graphicx package required).

  • Very unique solution. I like the conciseness and the non manual longevity of inputting all specific information in piece by piece. Also, +1 for the nonchalant manner of using "promoting" :) your own built package (hehehe). You found a useful way to employ your package to a neat little example.
    – night owl
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 0:36
  • Interesting, where exactly would you place \scalebox if one did want to enlarge the logo? I tried, but it seemed to eject the letters from within its circle.
    – night owl
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 9:22
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    @nightowl basically, the complete document, from right after \begin{document} to right before \end{document} should be enclosed in the \scalebox to enlarge the image. Commented Nov 16, 2013 at 4:55

This is super-easy when you use Inkscape, which employs the Potrace bitmap tracing engine (also used for signature conversion).

  1. Import the bitmap into Inkscape (I made a screen grab of the image):

    enter image description here

  2. With the image selected, click Path > Trace Bitmap. Without changing any settings, click OK:

    enter image description here

  3. The image is now vectorized. You're only left to match the colours using the tools provided:

    enter image description here

  4. Save as PDF (or other vector format):

    enter image description here

  • How do you match the colours?
    – user11232
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 22:39
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    @HarishKumar: Inkscape has a "dropper" tool (left vertical toolbar, second from the bottom in my screen shot). Alternatively, I use a similar tool in Windows's Paint. Darker blue is RGB = [34;33;96], inner light blue is RGB = [239;239;247].
    – Werner
    Commented Nov 15, 2013 at 22:51

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