I have a short LaTeX Tikzpicture. I draw three arrows on three paths.

  • The first arrow is on a circle-node surrounding text.
  • The second arrow is on a circle-node centered at (b).
  • The third arrow is on an edge between the two circle nodes.

I want all the three arrow-heads to be the same sizes. Yet, to my frustration, the arrow head on the first circle is smaller than the other arrow heads. How can I resolve this?

Here's the code:

\coordinate (b) at (4,0) ;
    mark=at position 0.5 with {\arrow[scale=5]{>}}}}] at (0,0) (u)
    {an arrowed circle};

\node[inner sep=0] at (b) (w) {\tikz \draw
[postaction={decorate,decoration={markings, mark=at position 0.5 with
{\arrow[scale=5]{>}}}}] (b) circle (1.5);};

\draw [postaction={decorate,decoration={markings,
    mark=at position 0.7 with {\arrow[scale=5]{>}}}}] (w) -- (u);


PDF output

  • Why are you changing the example in your question? – Alenanno Jan 3 '16 at 11:12
  • @Alenanno: because in your first comment you suggested that the size of the circle could matter, the new example shows that this is not the problem. – Ulrike Fischer Jan 3 '16 at 11:15
  • @UlrikeFischer Oh yes, I realized that later though and your answer confirmed it, so that's why I deleted it. – Alenanno Jan 3 '16 at 11:16

Nodes are difficult beasts, and they offen reset scaling commands, but you can add a low-level scaling with \pgftransformscale{5}:

\coordinate (b) at (-2,-2) ;
    mark=at position 0.5 with {\pgftransformscale{5}\arrow[]{>}}}}] at (0,0) (u)
    {an arrowed circle};

\draw [postaction={decorate,decoration={markings,
    mark=at position 0.5 with {\arrow[scale=5]{>}}}}] (b) -- (u);

\draw [postaction={decorate,decoration={markings,
    mark=at position 0.5 with {\arrow[scale=5]{>}}}}] (b) circle (3);

enter image description here

  • Ha! I knew it, the node was the culprit. :P Interesting. – Alenanno Jan 3 '16 at 11:11

For all its limitations, things are a bit simpler in plain Metapost. There's no concept of a node, just points, paths and labels.

prologues := 3;
outputtemplate := "%j%c.eps";

% define the paths
path bar, c[];
c0 = fullcircle scaled 90 rotated 180;
c1 = c0 shifted 60 left;
c2 = c0 shifted 60 right;
bar = point 0 of c2 -- point 4 of c1;

% draw the arrows
ahlength := 8;
drawarrow c1;
drawarrow c2;
numeric t; t = 0.66;
drawarrow subpath(0,t) of bar; draw subpath(t,1) of bar;

% add the label
defaultfont := "texnansi-lmr10";
label("an arrowed circle", center c1);


enter image description here

If you wanted curved Computer Modern arrow heads, you could get them with the cmarrows package.

  • (its it is.) – Peter Mortensen Jan 3 '16 at 14:32
  • @PeterMortensen gaa! two degrees and still can't spell! Thanks – Thruston Jan 3 '16 at 14:56

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