I am trying to draw a wheel-like figure like this. I had used xfig.

enter image description here

I wonder whether I can also use LaTex tikz or other ways to get similar figure with the additional criterion

  • the area enclosed by the four red rectangulars/squares --- should have been filled in with a gray shaded but still transparent color (like tunable transparency 10%, 30%, 50%, 70% for each wing of the 4 wings of the wheel) or so.

Do any experts know how to do this?

Thank you! (I will accept the answer very soon)

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  • XFig supports LaTeX export. (Screenshot of the export menu) – Henri Menke Nov 30 '18 at 4:40
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because this is a just-do-it-for-me question. -1 for the same reason. – Raaja Sep 22 at 10:28

Yes, LaTeX can do such things.

  mark=at position #1 with {\arrow{>}}},postaction={decorate}}}
 \draw[thick,blue] (0,0,0) -- (0,0,1.7);
 \foreach \X/\Y in {0/0.2,90/0.3,180/0.4,270/0.5}
  \draw[thick,->-=0.075,->-=0.575,fill=gray,opacity=\Y] (0.1,0,0) -- (1.6,0,0) -- (1.6,0,1.5) -- (0.1,0,1.5) -- cycle;
  \draw[thick,red,->-=0.4,->-=0.9] (0.2,0,0.1) -- (0.2,0,1.4)  -- (1.5,0,1.4) --
  (1.5,0,0.1) -- cycle;
 \draw[->,blue,thick] plot[variable=\x,domain=20:-200,samples=31,smooth] ({0.3*sin(\x)},{0.3*cos(\x)},1.8);

enter image description here

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    Thanks +1 - you are the tikz god! Can you remind me the function to tune the transparency of the shade area? – annie heart Nov 30 '18 at 4:54
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    @annieheart opacity=<value>. In this example the four planes have the opacitie 0.2 ... 0.5, i.e. the \Y value in the foreach loop. – user121799 Nov 30 '18 at 4:56
  • I forgot to mention that ->- is from tex.stackexchange.com/a/39282/121799. – user121799 Nov 30 '18 at 5:12

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