I use fncychap this way:


This lets me have pretty decent chapters, ToC and title page design. But the options are scarce and too popular.

Are there any other packages I can use in the same way?


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As far as I know, there's no such ready to use package similar to fncychap. However, you have some possibilities:

The memoir document class has some predefined chapter styles (see Section 6.5 Chapter headings of the manual). You can easily use one of those predefined styles or define your own (the manual has examples). If you want to use some of the predefined styles but don't want to use memoir, you can easily see how the styles were implemented and use this to implement them yourself (using the titlesec package, for example).

The titlesec package lets you define your own styles (the package documentation has some examples).

The classicthesis package also defines some styles; again, if you don't want to use the class, you can use the styles as an inspiration; the package defines the styles using the titlesec package, so you can easily see how the styles were defined.

Vincent Zoonekynd has in this page a collection of some styles and the code is available (thanks to Thérèse for helping me to find the link).

Some time ago Stefan Kottwitz designed a fancy chapter style using TikZ and titlesec; you can see it (code available) in his blog here.

Lian Tze Lim from the Malaysian LaTeX User Group has another fancy design (inspired on Stefan's) and you can see it here. The author provides links to the code. (Thanks to rvf0068 for providing the link).

Personally, I don't like much the styles designed by fncychap.

  • I'm totally latex-naive so I like the fncychap and I'm looking for something similar. Aug 17, 2012 at 23:35
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    Perhaps you’re thinking of zoonek.free.fr/LaTeX/LaTeX_samples_chapter/0.html.
    – Thérèse
    Aug 17, 2012 at 23:42
  • @Thérèse exactly that was the page! Thank you. Aug 17, 2012 at 23:46
  • @JuanjoConti perhaps, if you have some design in mind, you could post an image and we could help you to implement it. Aug 17, 2012 at 23:59
  • Thanks @GonzaloMedina, I've no design in mind. I just wanted something simple that looks enough good :) Aug 18, 2012 at 0:01

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