How can I insert a word in a presentation title that looks like a proof-reader's remark. For example, consider the following:

\title{Lorem ipsum sit amet}

I'd like to turn this into the following if possible, with a roughly cursive font (it shouldn't be too pretty).

enter image description here

I think it can be done with TikZ, using something like (pseudo code)

\tikz[overlay,remember picture]
    \node at ($(current position)$) [rotate=30] {\textcolor{red}{dolor}};

The two things I haven't been able to get right are

  • What to use in place of my current position placeholder
  • How to modify the font only for the word dolor

Alternate approaches (or if there's a package available that does this) are also welcome.

1 Answer 1


With a quick look at the font catalogue I've found the JD font from emerald package as a nice candidate. Then via sharp-shooting the location of the title with respect to the page center, I've added the TikZ picture also with some manual tuning. Here is the result:

\title{Lorem ipsum sit amet}
\tikz[remember picture,overlay] {\node[rotate=55,red] (dolores) at ([shift={(6mm,2.2cm)}]current page.center) {\ECFJD dolor};
    \draw[line cap=round,ultra thick, red,overlay] (0,0) -- ++(1mm,1mm) -- ++(0.75mm,-0.75mm);

enter image description here

Disclaimer: Please note that I stand between a toaster and a tablespoon in terms of IQ when it comes to dealing with fonts let alone installing them. So, it's rather a small step for mankind but a big deal for me.

  • This is nice, and I like the font :) Would it be possible to do the positioning a bit more relatively? I guess the use of some absolute units is unavoidable, but something like "Lorem ipsum <anchor> sit amet", with <anchor> being invisible to the title command, but tikz is aware of it and then you can do the shifts from the <anchor> position. You don't have to, if it's hard/complicated; your answer is more than sufficient for my purposes :) Jun 4, 2012 at 18:50
  • @yoda I forgot to mention it in the answer. This is certainly possible for regular text on a page. However, the command \title{} does not just hold the text itself but it is sent to various templates like the footlines etc. Hence, all kinds of trouble awaits us if we include a picture in the title command. But if you search for tikzmark on this site you will find the homebrewed (Andrew Stacey and Peter Grill excelled on its use) solution for putting anchors in a text or equations. It's just the title so I would stay away from such a solution.
    – percusse
    Jun 4, 2012 at 18:53
  • Really nice example and nice font! I was thinking about to use the \tikzmark macro, but I stopped because I suspect that placed it inside the \title command could have lead to errors. Jun 4, 2012 at 18:58
  • @ClaudioFiandrino Ah, I forgot to mention your name among the \tikzmark addicts :) Maybe it is possible to use a combination of gazillion \expandafters and \noexpands but that would be even harder than eye-balling the location on the page.
    – percusse
    Jun 4, 2012 at 19:00
  • No, no! I'm just a student on that topic :) (even if I use it very often). Anyway I agree with you: the difficulty in combining several \expandafters and \noexpands for just one single case says that your approach win. Jun 4, 2012 at 19:08

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