Questions tagged [decorations]

part of the tikz/pgf bundle: the decoration libraries define a number of (more or less useful) decorations that can be applied to paths.

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TikZ: How to draw an arrow in the middle of the line?

Like this: .------<------. | | v ^ | | '------>------' I am currently using \begin{scope}[very thick,->] \draw (-4,1)--(-4,0)--(0.1,0); \draw (0,0)--...
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Contest: Show Off Your Skillz in TeX & Friends [TeX.sx birthday]

Submission Deadline and Voting are over, thank you for participating! Results Academic Gonzalo Medina – 31 Andy – 19 cmhughes – 11 mbork – 6 Other Yiannis Lazarides – 38 szantaii – 20 Ant – 15 ...
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Totally sweet horizontal rules in LaTeX

I have been trying to find a way to easily drop a nice horizontal rule into a LaTeX document. \hline just makes a line across the page. It would seem that some package must provide something that is ...
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Decoration of (relative) segments of Bézier curves

I would like to modify a bezier curve in tikz, e.g. \draw (0,0) .. controls +(87:2.3) and +(50:-0.7) .. (1,1); in such a way, that a part in the middle is draw with dots (instead of a full solid ...
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Package for certificates

Since LaTeX can produce outstanding typesetting results and excellent graphics design, I began to wonder if it can recreate certificates. With so many packages and styles out there does anyone know if ...
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Does anybody know a good source of (free) ornaments, decorations, frames, backgrounds etc.?

I'd like to prepare a "fancy" typographical project, more interesting visually than a "boring" black-on-white text. I'm not very talented at drawing, though, so I'd like to ask about a place to find (...
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How to draw an arrow with two colors?

I want to draw arrow with two colors, the resulted arrow should be filled by one color at the top and by other color at the bottom, like the following code do to a rectangle: \draw[top color=blue,...
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Faded or blurred lines

My question was inspired by Rotate fading in tikz where the inquiror is drawing laser beams that shall look somewhat blurred not as lines but as boxes with a fading. The problem with this approach is ...
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End of paragraph with ornament

How to make a line with ornament like one below {TEX} logo on this site? What is specific term for it?
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TikZ: multiple decorations on a path.

I would like to draw a squiggly line with an arrow somewhere in the middle of it. TikZ has a pathmorphing decoration that draws a squiggly line and a markings decoration to place an arrow tip. So a ...
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Modify TikZ coil decoration

Can I modify the existing tikz coil decoration, so that the downstrokes are not drawn in a certain interval, to produce a picture like this? Edit: Previous attempts, code and MWE has been moved to or ...
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TikZ: Decorated paths without straight segment

When a path is decorated in TikZ a straight segment might be added at the end, depending on the length of the path. This is undesirable in some cases, and a resolution for the snake decoration has ...
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How can I add stippling to elements of my tikz diagrams?

Okay so I think everyone knows how to draw a sphere in Tikz \tikz{ \fill [black] (-1,-1) rectangle (1,1); \shade [ball color=white] (0,0) circle [radius=1cm]; } But how can I add to it this effect ...
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How to put a mark on an arc (tikz,decoration)

I have a problem with this code : \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{decorations.markings} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[decoration={markings, mark = at position .5 ...
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How can I put a coloured outline around fraction lines?

I use the contour package to put thick white outlines around labels in graphs, so they remain readable above the grid lines without taking up too much space. Unfortunately, the package is not able to ...
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Placement of arrowtips with TikZ’s markings

With the decoration library it is possible to place arrow tips at arbitrary positions along a path. TikZ places the front end of the arrow at the specified position, which is often exactly what one ...
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TikZ finishes a morphed path with a straight segment

When, in TikZ, I apply a path morphing decoration (say, "snake") and specify the segment length option, I often finish up with a straight segment at the end of the path, such as which often is not ...
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Appending a line (of fixed length) to a spring drawn with tikz coil

Looking at the nice answer here: Draw mechanical springs in TikZ, I would like to attach a line of fixed length (say 5mm) to the top of the spring (to the platform) and bottom of the spring (to the ...
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Coil path decoration without straight segment

When a path is decorated in TikZ, a straight line segment might be added at the end, depending on the length of the path. This is undesirable in some cases, and a very nice versatile resolution for ...
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Draw the discontinuity symbol with tikz

Is there an easy way to draw the discontinuity symbol with tikz? It is the symbol shown at the y axis in the following picture (taken from the pgfplots documentation. I can always draw it manually ...
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How to insert math with curly brackets into tikz decoration text along path?

I was going to write along an arc some math expression with curly brackets. Somehow the following snippet causes pdflatex to freeze. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{...
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Trying to do graphical decorations in “ClassicThesis style”

Is there a way to obtain an effect like the page below? The gray tones of the effect in the page below are uniforms but I would have different tones among the various shapes. The main gray tone should ...
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Looking for TikZ flourishes and vignettes

I'm a sucker for the fancy section markers (commonly called vignettes or ornaments). For an example, look at the beautiful symbol beneath the {TeX} logo on this site, or this flourish below However, ...
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How to put a star (or other symbol) in sections that are “special” (difficult, optional, etc)?

I'm currently writing a book, and I'd like some of the sections to be clearly marked as "difficult" or "optional". Not only sections, but also exercises (I'm using the exercise package) and theorems ...
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How to decorate a \pic path?

Consider the following example using the angles library and a pic path to mark an angle: \documentclass[tikz,border=10pt]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{angles,decorations.markings} \begin{document} \...
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Reproducing a figure in tikz with text and arrows flowing round in a circle

I want to reproduce the following figure with tikz (because there is a typo in the text in this figure). My tikz code is (borrowed from here) \documentclass[tikz,border=10pt]{standalone} \...
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How to decorate a path with arrows at certain coordinates?

Next example (taken from TiKZ manual) shows how to find intersection points between two paths. Once you know intersection points it's easy to decorate them with any marking. But if I want to use an ...
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Why can't I apply this decoration to a curve produced using the “to” path operation?

I have found that I cannot make decorations apply to (most) curves drawn using the "to" path operation. Here is a working example: \documentclass[a4paper, reqno]{amsart} \usepackage{tikz} \...
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Pgfplots: plot text along function

I want to illustrate a material model, especially the identical loading and unloading path, which are illustrated via arrows that follow the material model in the following picture. I want to put ...
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Calligraphic logo in tikz

Yep, it's that time again. I want to design a calligraphic logo and my obvious choice as LaTeX enthousiast is TikZ as implementation. Only, I lack the proper skills to do so and need some inspiration. ...
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Is there a TikZ dashed line decorator or some other way to make part of a path dashed?

The problem I would like to draw a parabolic path in TikZ that changes (abruptly) from a continuous line to a dashed line. The obvious way to change the appearance of a path over the course of its ...
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Tikz - move/reposition arrow decorations (arrowhead length/size)

I'm trying to build a 'dimension line' macro for Tikz: \documentclass{article} % note: with \documentclass{minimal}, this example fails with: % ! Undefined control sequence. % \pgf@lib@dec@computed@...
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path with both mark connection node and arrow tip

I would like to use a mark connection node decoration on a line that also has an arrow tip. Unfortunately, using the decoration causes the arrow tip to point in the wrong direction (always straight up)...
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How to position multiple decorations on a path while keeping their separation constant?

The at position=<value> syntax for decorations obviously makes the positioning of the decorations dependent on the path length: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{...
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Decorate path with arrows at nodes

Standalone example: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{shapes} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw[black, very thick] plot[smooth] coordinates {(4,1) (2,2) (1,3) (...
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Rectanglar cloud shaped node in TikZ

I am trying to make an automatically scaling rectangular cloud shape around a node in TikZ. The first attempt below gives a cloud shaped like an ellipse, but I don't like that. I would like it to be ...
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Constraint for a decoration: only if edge is long enough

Title+Picture might make you guess my question: My goal is to modify the tikz-style companion such that in this example the text along path-decoration will only be shown if it fits, i.e. between a,b ...
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Filling rule and for pattern at border

Based on the solution provided at TikZ: How to draw a pattern at the border of a tikz path I was able to do all the graphics in my thesis, except for one shape. As you can see in the graphic the ...
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How to draw a real corkscrew

I would like to draw a real screw like in image below. Any codes in tikz, asymptote or pstricks are welcomed! In order do not confuse with my linked question about laser who as well is based on ...
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Position arrow decoration by center, not by tip

I have lots of curves, each of which I would like to decorate with an arrow precisely at the centre. Here is a simple attempt to do this with TikZ: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \...
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tikz: Right to left text within text along path

I have this example to write text along path using decorations.text library, and I want to insert arabic text starting from right to left \documentclass[border=5mm]{standalone} \usepackage{tikz} \...
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How to make a glowing text?

I'd like to achieve such a result, like when you apply a glowing effect to a text in an image editor. As I am already using tikz package in my document, it would be prefferable to use tikz's library. ...
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fancyhdr page decorations and page numbering

Hello there are several examples of decorative pages. Most examples work with a single page,when numbering is not necessary. When i try to make for every page. It does not work, or i have problems ...
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How to typeset text along the curve of a mathematical function with TikZ

I want to label a family of curves representing mathematical functions by writing at some place of the curve the formula directly on the trace. More specifically, my family of curves is the very ...
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How can I set the position of text along path in tikz more precisely?

Explanation It seems that nodes can be carefully placed on paths using pos=.25 (i.e. 25% from node BEGIN to node END) when using -- syntax (see Example A). Problem I cannot have the same precision ...
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Finding an intersection with respect to the decoration

in Naming nodes in a decoration and draw lines from node to node I asked a question, which was answered. The most help was the following. \documentclass[tikz,border=3.14mm]{standalone} \...
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Avoiding `Dimension too large' and `ill-formatted floating point' errors in tikz

I am attempting to draw some pictures using tikz, with the decorations library, and am encountering a `Dimension too large' error. I have read the 20+ other questions/answers about this error, and ...
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TikZ: Bug with multiple decorations “at position 1”?

If I try to put two decorations on the same path, both at position 1, only the first shows up: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{arrows,decorations.markings} \begin{document} \...
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Text decoration in TikZ when the text is longer that the path

I have a couple of questions about text decoration in tikz when the text is longer than the path to decorate: Why doesn't the decoration begin at the beginning of the line (whereas it is correctly ...
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Marking intersection of two lines with a semicircle with no fill

I am trying to create a process flow diagram of my rig using LaTex but I am stuck at trying to figure out how to create a semicircular jump at the intersection of two independent lines in the drawing. ...