How to draw the cards from a deck using a Latex package, as TikZ?enter image description here

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    – Holene
    Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 10:00
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    Excuse me. I know insert a figure. What I want is to learn how to draw using a tool of Latex.
    – benedito
    Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 10:04
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    Whereas the some of the (number) cards could be drawn with tikz, pstricks etc, especially the cards showing images like King, Queen, Joker, Jake are too complex to draw it with tikz.
    – user31729
    Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 10:09
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    Please review the answers you've got to your other questions and consider accepting the most deserving ones: tex.stackexchange.com/users/36688/benedito?tab=questions
    – jub0bs
    Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 10:14
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    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. Commented Oct 19, 2014 at 10:18

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Here is a solution using SVG-Cards, inkscape and PDFLaTEX/graphicx/TikZ.

I provide a Makefile :

  • to download and to extract the SVG-Cards archive (via wget and tar),

  • to extract each SVG card from svg-cards.svg (via inkscape)

  • to convert each SVG card into a PDF card (via inkscape)

  • to compile cards.tex (via pdflatex)


  1. Copy the Makefile (note: the white spaces at beginning of lines are tabulations) and the cards.tex below.

  2. Run make to get cards.pdf

Note: if you can't use this Makefile, I provide cards.tgz. This archive contains all extracted PDF cards (needed to compile cards.tex).

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The Makefile:

JOKERS = black_joker red_joker
LEVELS = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 jack queen king
CLUBS = ${LEVELS:%=%_club}
DIAMONDS = ${LEVELS:%=%_diamond}
HEARTS = ${LEVELS:%=%_heart}
SPADES = ${LEVELS:%=%_spade}
CARDS_PDF = ${CARDS:%=card-%.pdf}

all: cards.pdf

cards.pdf: cards.tex $(CARDS_PDF)
    latexmk -pdf cards.tex

card-%.pdf: card-%.svg
    inkscape --export-pdf=$@ $<

card-%.svg: SVG-cards-2.0.1/svg-cards.svg
    inkscape --export-plain-svg=$@ --export-id=${@:card-%.svg=%} --export-id-only $<

    wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/svg-cards/files/SVG-cards-2.0.1.tar.gz
    tar zxvf SVG-cards-2.0.1.tar.gz

The cards.tex file:

  \foreach \col[count=\c] in {spade,heart,diamond,club}{
      \foreach \level[count=\val] in {1,...,10,jack,queen,king}{
        \node[inner sep=0,anchor=south,rotate={40-(\val*6)}]
        at ({140-(\val*6)}:1cm)
  \node at (-2,0) {\includegraphics[height=1cm]{card-red_joker}};
  \node at (2,0)  {\includegraphics[height=1cm]{card-black_joker}};
  • Do you know how to do this in Windows without cygwin? That's my work platform.
    – skpblack
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 1:39
  • @skpblack pdflatex, latexmk and inkscape exist for Windows. You may download manually the SVG-Cards archive then try GnuWin (a gnumake for windows)... Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 5:19
  • @skpblack : I added a note with a link to an archive with all PDF cards Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 8:11
  • This is such a great contribution. I used it to illustrate a Venn diagram intersection. FYI docdro.id/KaJUDjw
    – PatrickT
    Commented Oct 9, 2017 at 21:30
  • The export-latex function has a bug preventing you to export just one object with a certain ID. It produces and empty page. The trick by just exporting de ID to a plain SVG file and then do the Latex export works around this limitation. Very good, thanks! Commented Feb 9, 2021 at 13:37

The closest solution I found is the experimental package poker developed by Olaf Encke. This package is based on PSTricks (with all complications to run in pdflatex) further that this package is not standard and generally is not included in the Standard TeX Distributions (MaCTeX, TeXLive or MiKTeX) and it must be manually installed.

I recommend these steps:

Code Example

\pagestyle{empty} %No number in pages





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  • Now we have the pst-poker package which is included in TeX Live. Its document says "pst-poker is based on the package poker from Olaf Encke (web.mit.edu foley/games/Arcadia/sr/poker/pokersty)."
    – L. F.
    Commented Mar 29, 2019 at 14:10

Depends what you want to do with them. If you going to enter them in a paper to describe probabilities etc, better to use a font. As of Unicode 7.0 there are codepoints for card suite. Use the Symbola free font of George Douros.

\char"1F0AB \char"1F0CF

Use XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX.

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With a unicode font you can just type "The drawn trump suit from the draw deck is a ♣ card (2♣)." and typeset the text easily.

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  • In addition to your answer: Here are all possible cards of the unicode, here you get closer information on each code, and here, you may check which fonts on your system support that symbol.
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 8:27
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    @LaRiFaRi Thanks for the links. I am aware of some of the other fonts, they are hard to come by (if you see in your link) there only about three other fonts you can use. The Quivira is a particularly good one as well, so are the No Tofu from Google. The last one is very lightweight and has an advantage if you don't mix it with other text.
    – yannisl
    Commented Oct 21, 2014 at 13:48

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