I am trying to play with Tikz, to create standalone figures, with the snippet below:

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage{tikz}

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Much to my surprise, the left-side of figure gets an added extra white space. enter image description here

Note: This MWE is created with tikz extension in inkscape.

up vote 8 down vote accepted

It is called "spurious space", which, in TeX, is usually caused by un-commented line endings.

As a remedy, comment out the line ending in question:

\definecolor{cff0000}{RGB}{255,0,0}% <-- `%' added

The standalone package has a dedicated tikz option that creates a single image per tikzpicture environment and crop the borders.

page 8 of the manual:

The standalone class will crop the resulting output file (PDF or DVI/PS) to the content size plus a certain border. Page number and other header or footer material will be suppressed. For pictures drawn with TikZ a dedicated tikz option is provided which loads the tikz package and also configures the tikzpicture environment to create a single cropped page.

To add a 5 mm wide border, just add the border option like this :

\documentclass[tikz,border=5mm]{standalone}

The code without border is :

\documentclass[tikz]{standalone}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}

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inkscape

  • +1 but the other answer was much simpler, hence, accepted it. – Raaja Aug 21 at 8:04
  • 3
    Alex's answer is not simpler, it is better because it explains why this space is there, which I didn't know. – AndréC Aug 21 at 8:19

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