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What is the most bizarre thing you have seen done with TeX

I think the questions says it all! :) By TeX, I mean any derivative of TeX as long as the code is clearly a derivative of TeX, i.e. that it could belong on TeX.SX (and not pure Lua for example). I'...
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Create xkcd style diagram in TeX

The unique style of the diagrams at xkcd has an informative but nice hand-drawn touch. I guess they are actually drawn by hand but just recently on our partner site for Mathematica someone asked how ...
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Are there other “fun” packages like the “coffee stains” package?

I'm trying to convert some friends to LaTeX and have come up against a (to me) unexpected objection: there are too few packages that support "fun" (really), to which I responded: I know there are ...
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All uses of LaTeX (I never use LaTeX except for …)

I am designing a comical T-shirt about LaTeX and I would like it to boast about all the purposes that one can use LaTeX for. I started with I never use LaTEX except for typesetting documents. and ...
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Simulate a scanned paper

I'm try to move my current paperwork routine towards a paperless workflow (for the “administrative” type of papers, of course… not for serious reading tasks). There is one major annoyance thwarting me:...
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What is best way to mention that a document has been typeset with TeX?

Is there any common way to mention that a document has been typeset by TeX? So non-TeXnicians (TeXperts) may become a little familiar with the TeX world. Update: It would be nice if one hero make a ...
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Cute (child-friendly) document in LaTeX

My girlfriend is teacher at primary school, she's new using LaTeX and she needs to make a "cute document" for kids, but I don't know how change the following items to make them look nice for the kids: ...
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Use LaTeX to simulate old typewriter written texts

This question led to a new package: typewriter I'm giving my students an old exam and barely remembered to change the date at the top. A colleague and I joked about how long we could reuse the same ...
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The effect of the anonymous letter

I'm trying to create an effect as if the text is made up of letters cut from magazines and newspapers and even the same words had different style. It is necessary that each letter in the word had a ...
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Creating CAPTCHAs and other fancy distorted letters with TikZ

I try to do a little more spectacular that phrase ( Δελτιο Υλης) . Is the headline on a press material for my students. The fact is that I could accomplish this with gimp or a graphics program such as ...
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Convert font letters to vector format and fill with a pattern

I have worked with Illustrator and CorelDraw and I usually take fonts and convert them to curves after which I would fill in the curves with patterns, merge them with other vectors or the sort. Is it ...
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What's a good typewriter template?

I'm searching for a template which makes a document look like it's written with a real typewriter. Ideally, this means it's not only in mono-spaced font, but the hyphenation is adjusted accordingly. ...
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Are there examples written in PSTricks and they cannot be done using TikZ?

I am comparing the cores of PSTricks with TikZ and their capabilities. I am not considering whether or not a library has been implemented. Are there examples written in PSTricks and they cannot be ...
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Can TeX do ugly typesetting (with poor kerning)?

This is from my series of questions "Can TeX do weird stuff?" Today I want to know if TeX can simulate bad typography. I'm not talking about ugly templates, like wordlike or (god forgive me for this) ...
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Blur the text so it's not readable

On a related note to How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman?, I want to create a LaTeX command that blurs the text so it's unreadable. Unfortunately, ...
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Handwritten comments and annotations in margin

Is it possible to typeset handritten comments and annotations in the margins around a parapgaph like in this example? What would be the closest approximation of this done in LaTeX?
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How can I put real notes in the margin?

I'm looking to write a fictional description/discussion by a 'scholar' of an alien race for an RPG, but I can see this being handy elsewhere. I'd like to put his 'notes' in the margins of some text ...
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Are there typographical systems that allow creating text which isn't always uniform?

I was reading another question on this site, and this was a sample of a cursive font from that discussion: I really like it, but immediately noticed that it could not have been written by a human, ...
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Get certified in TeX/LaTeX

I was wondering if there are any ways to get certified in TeX/LaTeX? This would be useful, e.g. for providing a way of quantifying the expertise someone has with TeX, LaTeX or other TeX flavors.
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How can I progressively scale letters?

How can I reproduce the figure below? The figure is from an old Knuth paper, which you can get at http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/~millerpd/docs/501_Winter08/Knuth79.pdf (page 364)
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How to make LaTeX not “Look like Lab Notes” [closed]

I often use LaTeX for general writings, as well as for my Lab and lecture notes. (Often, but not always via LyX). A large portion of this is RPG homebrew. One of my friends (who wouldn't know what ...
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LaTeX color setting for math mode

I'm wondering if it's possible to do something like this in LaTeX: For all numbers (0, 1, ..., 9) in math mode, color it red. For alphabets (a, b, ..., z, A, B, ..., Z) in math mode, color it green. ...
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Randomized drawing of individual glyphs

I was reading Knuth's "Mathematical Typography" (Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society 1(2):337-372) and the section "Randomization" called my attention. I quote most of it here. I'd like ...
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Realistic handwritten document

Is there a template/package that generates realistic handwritten documents? The font should preferably reflect an average handwritting (readable). Letters would follow a handwritting style but would ...
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Random start of line

I would like to add a random white space at the begining of each line in a flushleft typeset paragraph. The idea is to simulate a hand-written manuscript. I thought I could do trick lineno package ...
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Various arrow shapes above letters

I needed to type vectors with bend arrows, (in the debate arrow- bold, I vote for arrow). I did not find anything about that on internet (wording problem may be) but the closest I found was Dot ...
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What font/style is this?

Consider the following text samples produced with LaTeX: sample 1 sample 2 Notice the difference in height of letters in sample 2. Sample 1 is obtained with default font as {\bf Keywords:} ...
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How to simulate old typewriter?

I need to typeset a report such that it looks like it was written by an old, unreliable typewriter. I have looked into the memoir class, however it has chapter numbering which I don't want. It also ...
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How do I make my document look like it was handwritten?

I have an exam coming up next Monday. We are allowed to bring a sheet of paper with information of our choosing written on it. To my disappointment, it is required to be handwritten. Over the years, I ...
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Introduce random imperfections to typeset' text

LaTeX does an outstanding job in typesetting things perfectly (as if that needed to be said yet one more time...). Now, I'd like to introduce certain imperfections to my text to make it look like it ...
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Enable automatic hyphenation for Cthulhu-style's document

This question is based on the following thread: How do I make my document look like it was written by a Cthulhu-worshipping madman? ,where doncherry has provided a nice answer with the highest rate. (...
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Fonts with small degree of “randomness” in their shape?

Are there fonts out there, that have small degree of variation from letter to letter? In some older books, some letters were corrected by hand, and that produced a rather curious effect, and added a ...
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Looking for suggestions: what should I learn next?

After a few years of trial, error, and usenet messages, I know just about all the LaTeX I really need. And my needs are modest. Most of my documents use the same template (tufte-latex), with the same ...
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Simulate handwriting with LaTeX

I am looking for a way to randomize characters rendering, to simulate handwriting. I already saw this, but it's not enough for me, only the position of the words are randomized.
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mdframed parchment layout

I have recently found a very nice example of how to create text boxes with a parchment-style layout: http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/framed-tikz/ Also, here on tex.stackexchange, there are ...
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Environment to use locally the Skeetch font [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I use a particular font for a small section of text in my document? For pedagogical reasons, I would like to produce exercises using a text displayed like if it was ...
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How to include hand-drawn pictures?

I'm well aware that this is borderline off-topic, but does anyone know how authors include (apparently) hand-drawn pictures in their books, such as this one from a programming textbook: Such pictures ...
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How do I make a fake typewritten page and a fake medieval manuscript page? [duplicate]

Okay, I am typesetting something where there is snippets from something that is typewritten and something that is a medieval manuscript. Naturally, I think it would be funny to mimic those looks. Here'...
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Typeset dedication page of thesis as if scribed on a Thaliyola by a Narayam [closed]

I would like to dedicate my PhD thesis for the dear ones who unconditionally supported to see me through to the other side. I intend to do the honours through the ancient keralite tradition of ...
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Elder Sign Symbol in Latex

Does there exist a package that has Cthulhu Mythos's Elder Sign image, or a reasonable facsimile thereof? I've been using the stave package, but its just not the same
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Tikz in xetex - Recreate two ways of presenting/displaying old sources

I would like to present old digitalised sources with tikz picture in LaTeX for private purposes similar to the presentation of Luther's sources by Google, which you can see here: https://...
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Make portions of document images so that text within is not-searchable

I would like to create a macro that converts its paramater into an image with the goal that the text within this macro is not found using the search feature built into standard PDF viewers. Thus, ...
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If you were to write beautiful letters, which typesettings would you recommend?

The context is to have a letter to be sent to people you love, if it looks like manuscript, it would be perfect. Also if they are already packaged for Linux distributions, it would hold be even ...
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Using multiple versions (allographs) of each glyph randomly [duplicate]

I wonder if there exists any system to make LaTeX print different versions of each letter randomly. The idea is to make a realistic handwritten or typewritten document where almost every «a» is a bit ...