I'm new to Latex, I finally decided to learn it after having discovered that LibreOffice writer sucks. I thought it helps you create better text but after having spent almost two hours on this site, I saw questions about drawing shapes, creating book covers and fonts. So I thought I should ask you about it.

I don't have Latex on my PC, I use writelatex.com. Anyway:

  • Is it possible to draw tears shape?
  • Is it possible to write in bloody fonts such as this one?
  • Is it possible to draw a flower or a rose? something close to this? only the shape not the details
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  • @HenriMenke I don't have an example now, I think I should delete it and reopen it when I have one – Lynob Apr 23 '14 at 16:17
  • @HenriMenke oh no I didn't ask you to do it for me, I just ask is it feasible and if so where should I start looking, I am not asking you to write a single line of code! - I cannot write an example, I don't know if it's feasible in the first place – Lynob Apr 23 '14 at 16:19
  • By the way, I can't view the image you linked to as I do not have permission. – cfr Apr 23 '14 at 22:00
  • @cfr which one? I'll edit the question tomorrow, both lonks are working fine from my phone, im not logged in anywhere so it doesn't require logging in – Lynob Apr 23 '14 at 22:11

Concerning the fonts, it's easy to use any font known to the system if you compile with XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX.

For the other questions, LaTeX is not a drawing program. Some LaTeX packages or companion programs have graphic capabilities, some very impressive like metapost, asymptote, TikZ/pgf or pstricks, but rather in the scientific domain. They all have a programming language and you must write a program in that language.

I don't know well metapost, but you can find information and links how it works on the Wikipedia page about it. On this site you will find a lot of examples of what can be done with TikZ. Numerous examples of what can be done with pstricks can be found on the PSTricks home page. Many Asymptote examples are here.

You also can use a drawing sofware and include your drawings with the graphicx package, simply writing in your document:


The extension of a graphic file has to be .ps or .eps if you compile with LaTeX; pdf, jpg or png with pdfLaTeX. If pdfLaTeX is launched with the --enable-write18 (MiKTeX) or --shell-escape (TeXLive), .eps or .ps image files will be converted on the fly to the .pdf format byepstopdf` and included in the resulting .pdf.

Many, many thanks to cfr for helping me to improve this answer.

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    Does writelatex.com really use your system fonts? I thought all the compilation must be done server-side? Note that I've never used it so I'm not disagreeing with you - I'm just surprised is all. Also, basic metapost examples is useful. [Definitely not a showcase or example of 'what can be done' but more a demonstration of fundamental techniques.] – cfr Apr 23 '14 at 21:52
  • @cfr: I was giving a general answer. I don't know writelatex.com, but I doubt they use your fonts. You're right, I forgot to mention Metapost (I never used it and don't know it well, for my excuse…). Added some explanations and a link to the Wikipedia page, which seems to be in the spirit of what you meant in your comment. – Bernard Apr 23 '14 at 22:26
  • XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX of course. – Christian Apr 23 '14 at 22:27
  • @Christian/ Yes, of course. I add that at once. – Bernard Apr 23 '14 at 22:29
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    Of course, I know that. Just (mis)wrote a little too hastily. Asymptote isn't either. I'll change the wording. – Bernard Apr 23 '14 at 23:33

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