I see many similar posts, but trying all of the suggestions has not solved my problem. I have a tikz picture as the only content in a standalone document. The goal is to produce an image for a printed board based on the template here.

The code I have so far is:






    \node [anchor=south west, inner sep=0mm, outer sep=0mm] at (0,0) {\includegraphics[angle=90, width=16.25in, height=10.25in] {big-mat.png}};

    \draw [blue] (\cutlinel,0) -- (\cutlinel,\height);
    \draw [blue] (\cutliner,0) -- (\cutliner,\height);
    \draw [blue] (0,\cutlinet) -- (\width,\cutlinet);
    \draw [blue] (0,\cutlineb) -- (\width,\cutlineb);

    \draw [blue] (\foldlinex,0) -- (\foldlinex,\height);




You can see many explicit attempts to remove margins and borders from the image. I have no idea which are necessary (I think outer sep and the noindent shouldn't be, but I don't know).

Even with all of these attempts the resulting document is not quite the right size:

$ pdfinfo output.pdf
Creator:         XeTeX output 2018.08.26:2025
Producer:       xdvipdfmx (20180217)
CreationDate:   Sun Aug 26 20:25:04 2018 EDT
Tagged:         no
UserProperties: no
Suspects:       no
Form:           none
JavaScript:     no
Pages:          1
Encrypted:      no
Page size:      1170.4 x 738.4 pts
Page rot:       0
File size:      488406 bytes
Optimized:      no
PDF version:    1.5

Note that the page size is about 16.26x10.256in, while the result should be 16.25x10.25in.

Opening up the document I can clearly see some space above and to the right of it. Is there any way to remove that space?

  • The edit is incorrect. I want to remove the whitespace that tikz creates. The title was to be parsed as "Tikz: Remove whitespace ..." perhaps better would be "Tikz adds whitespace ..." or "Remove added whitespace ... by Tikz" – LambdaBeta Aug 27 '18 at 0:40
  • The white space is part of the PNG you're using. TikZ isn't adding it at all. – cfr Aug 27 '18 at 1:00

This is the PNG you are using:

original PNG

Here is the output from your code:

Ti*k*Zed PNG

TikZ isn't adding white space. The white space is in the PNG.

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  • That's a little embarrassing. I just assumed that unexpected whitespace had to be a tikz problem since I have that problem so often, but you are right - its hiding in the image! – LambdaBeta Aug 27 '18 at 1:04
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    @LambdaBeta It does do that, I agree. But, this time, it is not guilty. I guess there's a reason they don't tell juries whether defendants have a criminal record already :-). – cfr Aug 27 '18 at 1:05

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