Yep, it's that time again. I want to design a calligraphic logo and my obvious choice as LaTeX enthousiast is TikZ as implementation. Only, I lack the proper skills to do so and need some inspiration.

In particular, that of the "Copenhagen Suborbitals" caught my eye. How can I achieve something similar?

For reference:

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    This looks great. Can you show what you have done so far and exactly what you are having a problem with. Mar 13, 2012 at 17:48
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    I guess I'd start by writing a package to emulate a calligraphic pen ... Mar 13, 2012 at 17:50
  • Gotta love that phallus ... I concur with Peter though, this question is really unspecific and doesn't show any effort whatsoever, hence -1. A similarly effortless answer would be: Learn TikZ.
    – doncherry
    Mar 13, 2012 at 19:33

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This is a point to start


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\usepackage{tikz,pgfornament,tikzrput}         % altermundus.com/pages/tkz/tikzrput/
\usetikzlibrary{decorations,decorations.text}  % altermundus.com/pages/tkz/ornament/ 


\draw[ultra thick] circle[radius=6cm] circle[radius=7cm]  ;
\draw[line width=2mm] circle[radius=7.4cm]  ;

    [rotate=210,postaction={decoration={text along path,text format delimiters={|}{|}, text={|\Huge| AD ASTRA {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}} COPENHAGEN SUBORBITALS {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}} NON LUCROR {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}} EXPOSITA SCIENTIA {\pgfornament[scale=.4,ydelta=-9pt]{15}}},
      text align=fit to path,reverse path}, decorate}]
     circle[radius=6.2cm] ; 
  \node[font=\huge] at (0,-5){MMVIII} ;   

Some links about answers with pgfornament and tikzrput

answer 1 answer 2 answer 3

  • Where's pgfornament from? I can't find it on CTAN. Mar 13, 2012 at 18:57
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    It is amazing how easy this is compared to Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape once you have learned to use TikZ. Mar 13, 2012 at 19:07
  • @AndrewStacey See on Altermundus website. It is his package. Altermundus: nice package. Mar 13, 2012 at 19:31
  • (site seems to be down right now, I'll check it another time) Mar 13, 2012 at 19:45
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    @Ingo Now you can find the package pgfornament on ctan Mar 10, 2016 at 6:59

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