This can be called as a follow-up question of Most significant reasons that led us to (La)TeX

There are many ways to draw graphics pictures in TeX, LaTeX and Friends. We can draw it using external programs, or use some graphics tools (TikZ, PSTricks, Asymptote, picture environment), etc.

So, which graphics tool(s) / external program(s) do you use? Why did you choose it(them) but not any others?

A story showing how you came to the tool is very welcome!

  • @Moderators Please make this a community-wiki – user156344 Apr 17 '19 at 11:32
  • The original TeX engine had no graphics capability whatsoever, so even the picture environment was an improvement. I skipped over pstricks and went straight to TikZ when I became aware of it. I do occasionally use GIMP (see tex.stackexchange.com/questions/312238/…). – John Kormylo Apr 17 '19 at 15:23
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    You just can't beat a true artist tex.stackexchange.com/a/211865/1090 – David Carlisle Apr 17 '19 at 18:02
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    I am not sure that this question really fits the site, a general question of graphics tools is too broad and off topic, and a list of TeX-implemented drawing tools comes down to the well known suspects and is probably a duplicate, – David Carlisle Apr 17 '19 at 18:05

For complicate drawings, I use https://www.mathcha.io/editor. This online editor has a WYSIWYG interface for drawing, either with the predefined shapes or freehand. When the drawing is finished, it can be exported as tikz code.

An example:

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