How can I shift the arrow more to the far way from the components and color both arrows and labels differently as in the image?

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(Placing the label below the arrow probably makes it look a bit better but I prefer to put it on top.)

I have been trying to apply this from manual but couldn't make it work.

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\ctikzset{bipoles/cuteinductor/voltage/distance from node/.initial=0.4};
\ctikzset{bipoles/capacitor/voltage/distance from node/.initial=0.7};

\ctikzset{!i/.style={ no i symbols}};

\newcommand{\iarronly}[1]{% name
\node [currarrow, color=red, anchor=center,
rotate=\ctikzgetdirection{#1-Iarrow}] at (#1-Ipos) {};

\draw (0,0) node[ocirc,scale=2]{} to [C,
] ++(3,0)  to
[cute inductor,
i^>= $I_L$,
voltage/american label distance=0.8pt] ++(1.5,0) to 
[short, name=  LL,!i] ++(1,0)node[ocirc,scale=2] {};

% \iarronly{LL};


  • tex.stackexchange.com/a/548319/197451
    – js bibra
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 6:37
  • Can't confirm, but the no i symbol needs a current specifier to get the direction and above/below position. Try ` to [short, name= LL, i, !i] ++(1,0)` (or i< or whatever).
    – Rmano
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 6:49
  • @jsbibra Nice drawig but I want to place the arrow on the circuit instead and also be able to move the arrow along to some desired position. The built-in arrow always places too close to the component.
    – internet
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 7:16
  • @Rmano probably something else as those two don't work. I also tried to change like i> but it doesn't work as well.
    – internet
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 7:17
  • 1
    @internet I don't think --- the problem is that color is a path-wide property in TikZ, you can't change it locally. For this the "advanced" thing exists --- to be able to use another path (there is something in the FAQ in the manual). RL calling now, I'll try to check why your code is not working later.
    – Rmano
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 8:59

1 Answer 1


Like this?

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(without use of at use current arrow scale=...

Edit: You can scale currents arrows by option current arrow scale=<denominator of size>. Now added to \ctikzset, but can be inserted locally too.



          current arrow scale=8 
\draw   (0,0)   node[ocirc] {}
                to [short, i=$I_{C}$, color=red,
                    bipole current append style={color=red}]   ++ (1,0)
                to [C, v^=$V_C$] ++ (2,0)
                to [cute inductor, v^=$V_L$] ++ (2,0)
                to [short, i=$I_{L}$, color=blue,
                    bipole current append style={color=blue}]   ++ (1,0)
                node[ocirc] {};


at use current arrow scale=8

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  • Exactly, very nice. I was looking for how to draw arrow tip only as an alternative.
    – internet
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 7:48
  • How would you scale the arrow head? Just prepare if I need it in the future.
    – internet
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 7:56
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    @internet, so far, as I know, this is not possible without use of node (as you try) . What you like (me too) seems to be new feature request. We should wait to respond of package author ...
    – Zarko
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 7:58
  • 1
    @internet, for scaling of current arrows exist option current arrow scale=<denominator>. See edited answer.
    – Zarko
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 8:06
  • Trust @Zarko to know circuitikz way better than me! 🎉
    – Rmano
    Commented Dec 13, 2022 at 8:31

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