# Questions tagged [coordinates]

{coordinates} is about using coordinates in {diagrams}.

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### Problems with TikZ calculations

When can I use functions and do calculations in TikZ? How do I make this work: \draw (0,0) arc(0:90:sqrt(15)); %not ok why is this working: \draw (0,0) arc(0:asin(1):5); %ok with \usetikzlibrary{...
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### TikZ: difference between \node and \coordinate?

What is the difference between \node and \coordinate in TikZ? Exchanging them does no visual effect in my (to be honest: still simple) pictures. When to use what?
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### Accessing the logic values of a TikZ coordinate

In TikZ accessing the coordinate values of a node can be done using the let syntax of the calc library or using the PGF command \pgfpointanchor. However, this values are dimensions/lengths in points ...
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### How can I compute the distance between two coordinates in TikZ?

Given two points (defined, for instance using nodes), I want to compute the distance between them. Is there some build in functionality in tikz to do this? If not, how can it be done using the ...
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### Transform defined coordinates in TikZ

Say I have a triangle with vertices defined using \coordinate (a) at (0,0); \coordinate (b) at (1,0); \coordinate (c) at (0,1); Let us denote by T(x,y) the triangle defined by (a),(b) and (c) which ...
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### Pass a 3d coordinate via pgfkeys

I'm using 3dplot to draw in 3D. Now I want to define my own environment, called pose, that is supposed to be used inside a tikzpicture-environment. It should perform a coordinate system tansformation ...
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### Coordinates A, B: compute |B-A| and angle between +x and (B-A)

This question has two parts: why is the angle computed always 0 (should be 45) what is a straightforward way to compute distance between coordinates (there is How can I compute the distance between ...
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### Extract, convert, store and reuse (x,y) coordinate components

On a beamer frame, I have two tikzpicture environments one below the other. Both use the axis environment with identical scaling and domains. I need to: Extract some coordinate from the picture on ...
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### Draw in cylindrical and spherical coordinates

I can try to draw this in TikZ: I managed to draw the coordinate axis. The first image is in cylindrical coordinates and the second in spherical coordinates. I don't know draw in spherical coordinate ...
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### Transforming coordinates, so (0,0) from tikzpicture is put in the desired place of the page

In tikz I can perform absolute positioning, e.g. (current page.center), but how I can specify/transform the coordinates, so (0,0) within tikzpicture will end in well-defined place like center of the ...
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### How to draw and annotate a spherical coordinate system

For some lecture script I am preparing I would need some descriptive images showing how to work with spherical coordinates as often seen in textbooks, i.e. a globe and some descriptive arrows ...
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### Tikz: Calculate and store the Euclidian distance between two coordinates

Is there an easy way to store the Euclidian distance between two coordinates? I want to store the value 4 in a macro, so that I can use it to specify the width of a node. The easiest way I could ...
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### 3d sphere style changes coordinates?

i took this one http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/map-projections and rebuild or changed it for my use. This is a crosspost to: http://latex-community.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=45&t=25078&...
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### extract x value from coordinate in TikZ

maybe I'm stupid, I looked at the many examples in which somehow shows the work with the coordinates, but I don't understand it. Simple example - I have: \begin{tikzpicture} \coordinate [...
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### How to make a textbox with this TikZ code ?

I made this with TikZ : \usetikzlibrary{calc} \def\banlen{3} \xdefinecolor{mycolor}{RGB}{62,96,111} % Neutral Blue \def\bancolor{mycolor} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0.25,0.25) rectangle (5,-2); % \...
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### Problem with external graphics and 3D pgfplots

I want to include an external graphics with pgfplots. I tried to follow the instructions of the manual (p45 et seq.) as carefully as possible. But the result is hoorible as hell. Here is the code I ...
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### Create a coordinate node at each point of a path

How can I create a TikZ/pgf-style that will put a coordinate, which should be named automatically, at each point of a path? So the following code \draw[put coordinates](0,0)--(3,2)--(4,7)--(-2,1); ...
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### Latitude and longitude coordinates on a sphere using tikz

I am trying from Stereographic and cylindrical map projections by Tomas M. Trzeciak to reproduce the two spheres below. However, I am having hard time to understand correctly the code and so far, I ...
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### How to set a user-defined coordinate system globally?

Consider an example like this drawing using a 3d perspective. The package tikz3d defines a new coordinate system 3d, and the coordinates are specified as (3d cs:1,2,3) etc. Is is possible to set the ...
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### Is there a better way to do intersections and calculations with relative coordinates in TikZ?

I've been doing many TikZ diagrams lately and every so often I encounter a situation where I am forced to use some temporary coordinate in a \path. In the following short example, the problem is ...
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### Curve synthesis - Adding two curves to get another one

Case 1: Let's say I have a few coordinates (A), (B), (C), (W), (X), (Y), and (Z) (possibily obtained through intersection, rotation, and whatnots). I draw two piecewise linear curves through (A), (B)...
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### pgfplots - Placing Nodes on x Coordinates of a Plot

I want to plot some graphs in pgfplots and want to place nodes on the exact same x coordinate of the plot. The position of the note has to be set in x direction but free in y direction. Here is one ...
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### Tikz - How to determine the coordinates in fill

How to create Candle Symbol in LaTeX I previously asked a question about making candle light and got amazing answers. To todd's answer I have another question which would help understand basics of ...
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### Generalised: Accessing the logic values of a TikZ coordinate

In another question concerning Access to logic coordinates on Accessing the logic values of a TikZ coordinate I used these functions, until I came to a scaled tikzpicture and then it was off. I now ...
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### Drawing on an image with TikZ using own coordinate system

I do a lot of mapping, and regularly draw on images using the scheme outlined earlier (Drawing on an image with TikZ) on a 0-1/0-1 grid. I need to produce multiple scalings of the same mappings and it ...
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### Transforming “rel axis cs” to absolute coordinates?

I've got two plots arranged vertically using \matrix. I'd like to draw a vertical line, that spans over both plots with a margin of 1cm at the top and at the bottom. The starting point of the line ...
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### How to extract coordinates in the current scope (before the coordinate transformation matrix is applied)

If I extract coordinates with \pgfgetlastxy{}{}, I get changing results depending on the transformations I've applied to my draw (rotation, scale): \documentclass[margin=0.5cm]{standalone} \...
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### Draw a Line Between Two Points described by Trigonometric Calculations

Suppose I have two points the unit circle corresponding to 30 and 60 degrees from the x-axis. I want to draw a line between these two points. \documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz}...
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### tikz-3dplot causes problems to let operator

I am trying to use the 3d-plot library. The plan is to define some basic 2d coordinates at the beginning and then use them to define all kind of 3d points, using the "let" operator: \documentclass{...
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### how to add annotation to ybar pgfplots with symbolic x coords

I would like to add an annotation, or better, an arrow to a particular ybar in a plot, but I am struggling with the symbolic x data. I've used \pgfplotsinvokeforeach to read in variable data, and so ...
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### How to locally specify function range in math expression

I'm creating simple coordinate transformation in order to define \tdplotsetcoord coordinates at Cartesian coord. system. MWE: \documentclass[a4paper,fleqn,leqno]{article} \usetikzlibrary{arrows.meta,...
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### Using current path position in coordinate calculation

I often find myself writing code like this: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node (aNodeWithALongName) at (1,1) {a}; \node (...
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### Using a macro inside a Tikz coordinate calculation

I am trying to create a general macro that prints a particular custom character, based on an answer to a previous question of mine. Here is a minimal (non-)working example: %!TEX encoding = UTF-8 ...
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### Tikz: display coordinate of node using let command

I am creating a graph where a node is placed. I would like to display the coordinates of that node on the axes without manually entering them. I get Tikz to retrieve those coordinates using let but ...
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### Get outermost coordinates/length in a Tikz-picture

From my previous question/answer Tikz image within a defined box (& the textpos package), @frougon provided a great solution. And now, I'm seeking to have a standard scaling for all of my Tikz-...
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### Setting coordinate system for TiKZ picture

I'd like to use TiKZ to generate stand-alone PDF diagrams programatically. I have an application that generates simple geometry of lines and arcs etc and I'd like to create (using e.g. Ruby) TikZ ...
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### Using TikZ absolute coordinates

I wonder is that possible to use absolute coordinates regarding all document? Please see my example \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \filldraw[red] (...
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### How can I express half the distance between two nodes?

I want to draw a line from node A half-way to node B in TiKZ. How can I find express the end point?
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### Can tikz coordinates be exported to a text-file?

Can tikz coordinates be exported to a text file, while the document is rendered? Let the document be: \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \begin{document} \begin{...
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### How to create symbolic x coords without losing last bar

I've created a bar chart with labels for the x coordinates. But if I don't put a xmin/xmax in, only half of the first and last bar appear. If I add a xmax it shows up on the axis. \begin{figure}[...
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### Rotating axes in 3D for better viewing planes

I have this code: \begin{figure}[h!] \centering % Generat amb TikZ \begin{tikzpicture} % Note: the points have coordinates (x,z,y) \coordinate (O) at (0,0,0); ...
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### Extracting x, y coordinates of an arbitrary point in TiKZ while using yscale and xscale

Inspired by Extract x, y coordinate of an arbitrary point in TikZ, I am trying to use the x coordinate of a point to draw another element. However, when I use the yscale and xscale commands, the ...
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### Referring to tikzpicture center

How I can refer to the current or some other tikzpicture's center? Is there anything like (current picture.center) or (previous picture.center)? I'm asking about straight solutions, not requiring to ...
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### Express boxes properties in tikz coordinates

In my understanding, any LaTeX box displays such fundamental properties: .. and anything is wrapped into a LaTeX box. So, when I produce a tikz picture, it must be somehow wrapped into a box. Indeed,...
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### How to create a macro with two or three ;-separated arguments?

I want to create in 2D a point with \defpoint(1;2){A} and in 3D with \defpoint(1;2;-5){A}. I prefer a solution with TeX but it would be interesting to see if LaTeX3 is useful in this situation. I ...
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### How can I do an affine coordinate transformation in pgfplots?

It is possible to perform a general affine coordinate transformation in TikZ by combining the shift, x, and y keys (or just the generalized cm key to set the coordinate matrix and shift). This allows ...
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### TikZ fill not being drawn using named coordinates

Is this a bug in TikZ? I'm working on an assignment which includes a number of colorful graphics, and for some reason the following code doesn't quite work as expected: \RequirePackage{luatex85} \...
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### Combining calc and perpendicular coordinates in tikz

As it is described there, the following does not compile: \documentclass{report} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node at (0, 0) (node1) {Hello}; \node ...
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### Linear transformation Coordinates

I want to transform the canonical coordinates system , i.e. whose basis vectors are (1,0) and (0,1): \documentclass[a4paper, 12pt]{report} \usepackage{fullpage}[1cm] \usepackage{tikz} \usepackage{...
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### Circuitikz - IC circuit with relative coordinates

I've represented an IC circuit using circuitikz, but it's a bit too rough to what I prefer. In particular I would like to use relative coordinates in this case and connect them to the IC device'' so ...