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Assumed we have this Minimum Working Example (MWE):

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{circuits.ee.IEC}

\begin{document}
    \begin{tikzpicture}[circuit ee IEC]
        \draw (0,0) to [battery={info={$e_1$}}] ++(10,0)
        to [current direction' = {info = {$i$}, near start}, resistor = {info = {$R$}, near end}] ++(0,10)
        to [bulb] ++(-10,0) to[current direction' = {info = {$i$}}] (0,0);
    \end{tikzpicture}   
\end{document}

Screenshot of the result:

Screenshot of the result


As you can see, this is just an ugly whitepage. Would it be possible to add some nice page borders containing document information to let the sheet appear a bit more professional?

I would dream about some nice borders based on the following ideas.


Screenshots of nice wiring diagram borders:

Screenshot of a professional wiring diagram 2

Screenshot of a professional wiring diagram 1


Maybe there is some good template available to upstyle the initial wiring diagram to improve its appearance?

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  • In technical language that is called a title block. There was already this same question, with no answers though. – Massimo Ortolano Jun 9 '19 at 18:05
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    You are not using circuitikz in your example. Anyway, both it and the circuit library are just drawing; you can use boxes and matrix to draw this kind of things. If your question is if there are pre-made template, I think the answer is no. – Rmano Jun 9 '19 at 19:35
  • This look like a company or possibly government dependent form. So unless whoever specified the form has a template, odds are against it. – John Kormylo Jun 9 '19 at 21:48
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Just as a starting point: you can use absolute page coordinate (see Positioning relative to page in TikZ) and overlays, together with a bit of coordinate labeling...

\documentclass[]{report}
\pagestyle{empty}
\usepackage[a3paper, landscape]{geometry}
\usepackage[RPvoltages]{circuitikz}
\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[overlay, remember picture]
    \draw (current page.center)  ++(-20,14) coordinate (NW) % using 40x28cm
        -- ++(40,0) coordinate (NE)
        -- ++(0,-28) coordinate (SE)
        -- ++(-40,0) coordinate (SW)
        -- cycle;
    \foreach \x in {0,5,...,35}
         \draw (NW) ++(\x,0) rectangle ++(5,-1) ++(-2.5, 0.5) node[]{\x};
    \node [draw, anchor=south east, align=left, font=\Huge, inner sep=12pt] 
        at(SE) {Drawn by yours truly\\Romano};
\end{tikzpicture}

\begin{circuitikz}[remember picture, overlay]
    \draw (current page.center) node[op amp](A3){} (A3.+) -- ++(0,-0.5) node[ground]{};
        \draw (A3.-) to[R, l_=$R$, name=c3] ++(-2,0) coordinate(in) (A3.-) -- ++(0,1)
        coordinate(tmp) to[R, l_=$R$] (tmp-|A3.out) -- (A3.out) -- ++(1,0) node[midway, above]{out} ;
        \draw (in) node[op amp, noinv input up, anchor=out](B){} (B.-) -- ++(0,-1) coordinate(tmp) -- (tmp-|B.out) -- (B.out);
        \draw (B.+) -- ++(-0.5,0) node[midway, above]{in};
\end{circuitikz}
\end{document}

big A3 page with sub-boxes

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  • This is awesome, thank you very much! Would it be possible to replace the precise \x text with symbolic x coords like T1, T2, ... , T5 (instead of the current measuring value 0, 5, ... , 35)? – Dave Jun 16 '19 at 10:46
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    Yes, of course. \foreach is very powerful; look at the manual (TikZ manual, section 83, page 900 in version 3.0.1a). Try: \foreach \x [count=\i from 1] in {0,5,...,35} \draw (NW) ++(\x,0) rectangle ++(5,-1) ++(-2.5, 0.5) node[]{T\i}; – Rmano Jun 16 '19 at 16:04
  • Wow, this is nice! Thank you! :-) – Dave Jun 16 '19 at 16:21

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