I don't know if is possible draw a picture like the next with tikz and some random related command:

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  • Yes. It is possible. That is, it is just boxes of text in different sizes and colours at different angles. So you could, if you really wanted, recreate it. No idea why you would want to do that, but it seems a relatively harmless project as these things go.
    – cfr
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 3:01
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    you have to do a lot of calculations because the textboxes do not intersect. tikz is not the right tool here.
    – user2478
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 5:03
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    A little bit related: tex.stackexchange.com/q/180510
    – LaRiFaRi
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 8:03
  • You can also look at: tex.stackexchange.com/a/146178/1952
    – Ignasi
    Commented Jun 15, 2015 at 14:32
  • Related: Wordle-like word clouds; Text collage (word cloud) in LaTeX?
    – Werner
    Commented Sep 4, 2016 at 4:35

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Basically, yes, you could do this. However, you could not do it automatically or randomly because it requires the programme take account of the shapes of the glyphs, which TeX knows nothing about. To TeX, everything is just a box. It neither knows or cares what is in the boxes. But this kind of word cloud requires things to be slotted together in ways which are sensitive to the shapes of the characters and not just to the size, location and rotation of the boxes containing them.

That is, it would be bonkers to try doing this in TikZ. Like trying to use a rose petal to bail out a sinking ocean liner. Best not to try.

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