I would like to add some fancy-looking, old style decorations in the four corners of each page of the main part of a document, while keeping a small gap from the paper's edge to allow printing.

Here's a MWE code to play with:

    \sethead[\thepage][][\itshape\small\MakeUppercase{\chaptername\ \thechapter. \chaptertitle}]    {\itshape\small\MakeUppercase{\thesection\ \sectiontitle}}{}{\thepage}




Here's a preview of what this code is currently doing. I've shown in red the kind of decoration I would like to add (and the same, reversed, at the bottom of page). I don't know what LaTeX may have as old style decoration patterns, so any suggestion is a plus :

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Take note that the patterns must be symetric relative to the text, so there should be a larger gap on a side, where there's a margin of 1.5 inch.

As an option, the patterns may be a bit different on the left and the right pages, to add some variety.

Any suggestion about how to do this fancy old-style book trick?


1 Answer 1


I am using the following for fancy invoices. I am sure it was inspired by some answer here at SE but did not put any link in comment. You have to compile twice.



    \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture, overlay,color=black,every node/.style={inner sep=5mm}]
        \node[anchor=north west] at (current page.north west){\pgfornament[width=25mm]{37}};
        \node[anchor=north east] at (current page.north east){\pgfornament[width=25mm,symmetry=v]{37}};
        \node[anchor=south west] at (current page.south west){\pgfornament[width=25mm,symmetry=h]{37}};
        \node[anchor=south east] at (current page.south east){\pgfornament[width=25mm,symmetry=c]{37}};


resulting PDF

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