When I define a new command to draw an axis I want to use one argument to calculate the step size of the tick numbers. I tried this but it didn't work:

  \draw[->,color=black] (0,0) -- (#1+0.5,0);
  \foreach \x in {1, ..., #1} {
    \draw[shift={(\x,0)},color=black] (0pt,2pt) -- (0pt,-2pt) node[below] {\footnotesize $#2*\x$};


I get the following as output:

latex output

But I want the numbers to be 2, 4, 6, etc.

I get the same output when I remove the dollar signs around #2*\x.

  • Can you please provide minimal code, we can copy, paste amd run? E.g. besides the preamble there should at least be a call to your newcommand. Thanks
    – MS-SPO
    Jan 20 at 10:55

1 Answer 1


You ask TikZ to write text into your nodes, it writes text. If you want to compute a value to be printed into the node, you have to evaluate the label into the foreach definition (for example):

% https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/630831/204164

        \draw[->,color=black] (0,0) -- (5+0.5,0);
        \foreach \x [evaluate=\x as \l using int(2*\x)] in {1, ..., 5} {
            \draw[shift={(\x,0)},color=black] (0pt,2pt) -- (0pt,-2pt) node[below] {\footnotesize $\l$};

foreach and computation

Since you didn't provide an MWE, I didn't insert the commands into a newcommand, but I'm sure you could figure it out by yourself.

  • 2
    That's the thing I was looking for! Works as expected, thank you! Jan 20 at 11:12

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