I am writing many small graphs, using TikZ's graphs library, which often include loops. I do not like the way the default loop left or loop right options look, so I have made my own style, called ll here.

That is fine, but when I provide a label using the quotes syntax, I have to manually place it, which isn't necessary with loop left. How can I specify in the preamble where labels should be placed?

Update: Gonzalo Medina's answer puts the labels on the proper side. I would also like them to be closer to the edge, like when I use left=-2pt in the code below. Is that possible?



dot/.style={circle,fill,inner sep=2pt}}


\tikz \graph {a/[dot] --[ll,"1" left=-2pt] a};  What I want to see.

\tikz \graph {a/[dot] --[ll,"1"] a};  What I want to type.

\tikz \graph {a/[dot] --[loop left,"1"] a};  The `loop left' option ``knows'' what to do.




I suggest a different definition of the ll adjusting the in and out values:

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The code:


%  ll/.style={
%    in=210,
%    out=150,
%    distance=3mm,
%    looseness=8
%    },

    min distance=3mm,
    every node/.append style={inner xsep=1pt}
  dot/.style={circle,fill,inner sep=2pt}


\tikz \graph {a/[dot] --[ll,"1"] a};  What I get with the \texttt{ll}a style.

\tikz \graph {a/[dot] --[loop left,"1"] a};  The \texttt{loop left} option ``knows'' what to do.

  • You are right: swapping the "in" and "out" parameters results in the label on the left side. Thanks! Ideally, I could also have the labels placed closer to the loop (as with left=-2pt.) – Nick Matteo Dec 7 '14 at 4:25
  • @Kundor Please see my updated answer. – Gonzalo Medina Dec 7 '14 at 5:10
  • Thanks, that works. (I ended up going with inner xsep=.1111em, and inner ysep=.2666em for the analogous up- and down-loops. – Nick Matteo Dec 7 '14 at 20:06

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