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I have an SVG shape, which I'd like to use as a sort of a TikZ node border. The shape is basically a path with stroke effects - but the effects have been "baked in", so now I just have a non-stroked path as a final output; so in inkscape it looks like this:

custombordershape_ink

Thus, using it as a "proper" border will be difficult - so I'd like the next best thing: that is, for the "border image" to be drawn scaled to the size of a rectangular node.

The source SVG is here: custombordershape.svg. Using the Tikz exporter in inkscape, I can export the same file to tikz, which has been pasted below as custombordershape_tikz.tex. (compiling it, I obtain custombordershape_tikz.pdf, which is used in the test code below).

At this time, I found two related questions:

The first approach is much better - but I cannot afford the time to convert the path in the image to low-level pgf commands, so I'd settle for a scaled image. That leaves me with the approach in the second link, which among other things, recommends \includegraphics. So here is a small MWE, test.tex, which I've used to try that out:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{positioning}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\node[draw=red] (n1) at (1,0) {\pgftext{\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{custombordershape_tikz.pdf}}Testing};
\node[draw=red,align=left,text width=250pt,minimum width=250pt] (n2) [right=5pt of n1] {\pgftext{\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{custombordershape_tikz.pdf}}\lipsum[4]};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

The output is this:

test2.png

I would have wanted the custombordershape to fit within the red bounding boxes of the respective nodes (and preferably, behind the text; should have made the color gray to check for that); however, clearly that is not how it turned out.

So, what would be the recommended way to achieve "custom nodes" (hopefully, eventually callable only through a tikz style) with external background graphics that scales to the size of the node?

Given that I also have the background shape in tikz path format, would there be an easier way to reuse that for a "custom" node definition, instead of using \includegraphics on the resulting pdf?

custombordershape_tikz.tex:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{tikz}

\usepackage[active,tightpage]{preview}
\PreviewEnvironment{tikzpicture}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[y=0.80pt,x=0.80pt,yscale=-1, inner sep=0pt, outer sep=0pt]
\begin{scope}[shift={(-82.356111,-10.404272)}]% layer1
  % path3193
  \path[color=black,draw=black,fill=black,miter limit=4.00,line width=0.800pt]
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\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}
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Well, here is one way, using the path picture as in TikZ Node with multiple shapes and with \includegraphics as in the example on pg 165, "15.5 Generalized Filling: Using Arbitrary Pictures to Fill a Path" of the manual. The trick is basically to calculate the size of the node, and apply that to the size of the included graphics This is the output:

test21.png

Notice that the bigger shape is somewhat erroneously clipped at the right edge; that can be fixed with uncommenting the manual displacement used in \p3 in the code, but that is somewhat of a brute force approach. If anyone knows of a more proper way to achieve this, please post an answer.

The code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{positioning}
\usetikzlibrary{calc}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\tikzset{zzz/.style={
  %draw=red,
  path picture={%
  %\pgftext{\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{custombordershape_tikz.pdf}};
  \path let
    \p1=(path picture bounding box.south west),
    \p2=(path picture bounding box.north east)
  in
    [draw=red] (\p1) -- (\p2)
    coordinate (nsz) at ($(\p2)-(\p1)-(2*\pgflinewidth,2*\pgflinewidth)$) ;
  \path let
    \p1=(nsz),
    \p2=(path picture bounding box.center),
    \p3=(\p2)
%     \p3=($(\p2)-(0.008*\x1,0)$)
  in
    node[anchor=center] at (\p3) {
      \includegraphics[width=\x1,height=\y1]{custombordershape_tikz.pdf}
    };
}}}
\node[zzz] (n1) at (1,0) {Testing};
\node[align=left,text width=250pt,minimum width=250pt,zzz] (n2) [right=5pt of n1] {\lipsum[4]};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}

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