How can I change the default coordinate system of TikZ, so the Y coordinates go downwards, instead of upwards. This is because in the picture I'm trying to draw it is more natural to reference points this way.

I was trying to use negative values in the declaration, but some drawing commands don't really like it, like the grid, where horizontal lines simply don't get drawn this way:

\draw (0, 0) grid (7, 7);


non-working grids

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    See this one: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/79161/… and also the linked tex.stackexchange.com/questions/55540/…
    – percusse
    Nov 28, 2012 at 22:15
  • @percusse: there might be other problems with negative values (although grid was the first problem I encountered), and those links only deal with the grids. The yscale=1 however seems to have no bad side effects (at least for the cases I need)
    – SztupY
    Nov 28, 2012 at 22:21
  • Any other command is OK with y=-1cm but the grid :) So it's an unlucky start I would say :)
    – percusse
    Nov 28, 2012 at 22:24

1 Answer 1


You could use yscale=-1:



\draw (0, 0) grid (7, 7);
\node at (7,7) {A};


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