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What are some practical approaches to generally improving fluency and range of knowledge/skills in TeX?

Excuse me if this question is better fitted for another SE, as it is somewhat more of a meta question, but still on-topic. As a background, I'm an undergraduate Mathematics major in my final semester, ...
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Make paragraph-formatting apply to all environments but not to short paragraphs

I am aware that this is a hyper specific question but I have been playing around with making all paragraphs perfect rectangles just like in this StackExchange question. And as in these older threads I ...
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Halloweenmath contest (in memory of GuM)

Halloween makes me remember our dear friend GuM, who passed away this year in January. I was thinking of a way to celebrate him. I would like to ask you to show us something written with his probably ...
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Ghost shape in TikZ/pgf

My question I can easily draw the normal distribution thanks to this answer by Jake. What about the ghost ? Context This image always breaks the ice when teaching probabilities :) (Not that I care so ...
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Accessing TeX's internal tokens

Section 23.7 of source3.pdf lists all possible tokens, such as the usual control sequences, character, but also some of TeX's internal ones. Expanding \the\font results in a token that looks ...
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How to make TeX behave in funny, unexpected ways?

Can we think of ways to make TeX behave in funny, surprising, and unexpected ways? I am looking for examples like: Redefining \par to make it insert a secret message between all paragraphs: \...
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Fun: How can we generate funny/unexpected messages in LaTeX?

Knuth says in "Chapter 6: Running TeX" of the TeXbook: Error messages can be terrifying when you aren't prepared for them; but they can be fun when you have the right attitude. Just ...
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A grid in a cartesian plane of clocks using clock package

In relation from these question (the first it is mine) A distribution of clocks in different rulers in a 3D plane and Draw a table of clocks on a plane, what are the best methods to put the clocks of ...
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Drawing a small steam locomotive with tikz

Currently I am writing my master thesis in operational research, where my topic consists of locomotive assignment optimization. Hence I would love to have a small tikz locomotive for the head line of ...
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LaTeX story/myth: Package with line made out of superimposed letters of author’s name?

I’m trying to track down and verify an amusing LaTeX anecdote that I read or heard a while back: There was some graphics/diagrams package, and some commonly-used command from it, where what looked ...
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Just for fun everything about the "befana" in LaTeX

Considering to end of the holiday time for Christmas I propose the creation of a befana (a good old witch who brings presents to the good children and not coal to the bad children). I propose this, \...
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Christmas tree QED symbol [duplicate]

I am looking to replace the \qed or \qedsymbol with a Christmas tree or a Christmas tree inside a box. I've done this already with a smiley by using \renewcommand{\qedsymbol}{\smiley}, but I don't ...
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Projectile motion: change an old code and make it more beautiful

Given this image, where a golf player throws a ball with a angle of 54.0° above horizontal and a speed v₀=13.5 m/s. Looking this excellent old answer Sketching a graph mapping projectile motion using ...
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How can I create a lightbox/microfilm effect in beamer slides?

I'm putting together a beamer presentation, and in a moment of madness I had the idea to give it a sort of lightbox/microfilm/transparency effect, sort of like this or this or this. I tend to keep my ...
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Random WordSpacing

for demonstration purposes I'd like to set a paragraph with random wordspacing. I tried to adapt the solution for the chtulhu question (https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/29458/9666) but actually I must ...
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Can we draw Spikey?

"Spikey" is the logo of Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica and the Wolfram Language. I thought it would be a fun experiment, to draw the various versions of "Spikey" in Tex.
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Bo Derek in texbook.tex?

texbook.tex contains a double-dangerous-bend exercise which starts at line 18198 : \ddangerexercise ^{Powers of ten}: The whole \TeX\ language has now been summarized completely. To~demonstrate how ...
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Drawing Super Mario Bros.....in LaTeX

There are several questions about TeX.SE. that concern designs for recurrences such as fireworks, lunar calendar, the pi-greek, and into my mind I'm remembering a protagonist of an old video game: ...
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Draw arrows from reference to figure

I just fell over this gem of a figure reference system in the Danish on train magazine "ud & Se" (out and watch), and I wondered if there was a way of doing it in LaTeX. The idea is, that instead ...
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TeX Art Fun - Mandalas

I can't help but feel we need more fun coding contests here on TeX.SX, and since these seemed to do well in the past (e.g. TeX-mas, Groundhog Day) I thought I'd try my hand at putting together one of ...
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Creating tiles for an image with comments on each tile of the puzzle

Let's suppose that we have any image in .pdf, in .jpg in .png. Exist a package to break into the fragments of an image like a classic puzzle? I would like each piece of the puzzle to also have the ...
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Draw death star

How to add the typical grid cells (image modified from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_Star) to the following sketch of the death star? This is what I have so far \documentclass{standalone} \...
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Aquatic animals in 2D or 3D

In relation to these beautiful questions and answers, "The duck pond": showcase of TikZ-drawn animals/ducks animal icons in Tikz in this period I'm searching if exists between the ...
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A collection of the actual smartphones

Considering the recent excellent questions that I've really enjoyed Welcoming 2019 Pi day: How to draw the letter π? and What has been your most complicated TikZ drawing? I have carefully observed ...
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Welcoming 2019 Pi day: How to draw the letter π?

First of all: don't forget that exactly 140 years ago, Albert Einstein was born; but exactly one year ago, Stephen William Hawking passed away. What a special day for science! Question How to draw ...
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What has been your most complicated TikZ drawing?

Share your most complex TikZ drawing and learning out of it.
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Permutations of squares

Consider the following problem: Imagine you choose 3 squares out of a 3x3 field. So you can have a line upwords or downwords, two squares downwords and one to the right etc. So let's number every ...
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Fun with Tikz Dogs

I am aware of the many fun uses of LaTeX such as the ever growing tikzlings package. Is anyone aware of any package to depict dogs? Edit 1 This may be quite selfish, any idea how to draw a simple ...
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Welcoming 2019 Lunar New Year: How to draw a (lovely) pig?

Chinese Zodiac and Lunar Year can be called very close friends. In Eastern cultures, each lunar year is assigned to one of the twelve animals in Chinese zodiac. The animal (or rather a mascot) of this ...
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TikZ-Roulette: Make animation more realistic

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[tikz]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{backgrounds} \definecolor{filz}{RGB}{56,114,73} %\pagecolor{filz} \newcommand{\roulette}[1]{ % \pgfmathsetseed{3} \...
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A colored pattern but a little change to the random function in TikZ is required

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[border=0pt,tikz]{standalone} \definecolor{elila}{RGB}{186,85,211} \definecolor{zlila}{RGB}{138,43,226} \definecolor{dblau}{RGB}{30,144,255} \definecolor{...
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Improvements for conveyor belt in TikZ

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \foreach \n in {0,-10,...,-720} { \begin{tikzpicture} \useasboundingbox (-3,-3) ...
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Making motorway with TikZ

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \tikzset{ car/.style={ scale=.5,minimum width=.1cm,minimum height=.5cm,fill=#1 } } \begin{...
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Improvements for code to decrease compilation time

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass{standalone} \usepackage{pgfplots} \usepgfplotslibrary{polar,colormaps} \pagecolor{black} \usetikzlibrary{backgrounds} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[ ...
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Making a working neuronal network

I've got the following two MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} %%% %%% %%% %>> We are building a perceptron ...
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Improvements for Lissajous curve

I was working on following MWE: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \usepackage{bookman} \usetikzlibrary{backgrounds} \tikzset{ io/.style={ fill=black,circle,inner sep=.5pt }, ...
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Connecting nodes in a proper way

How can I connect the $n$-th node with the $n-1$ node? \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \tikzset{ io/.style={ fill=black,circle,inner sep=.1pt } } \begin{document} \...
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Making a command for drawing diagrams

I know that there are other solutions for creating diagrams in LaTeX, especially in TikZ, but I've got the following problem. Consider this MWE with the output: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{...
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Making skydiving more realistic

Consider the following MWE: \documentclass[export,border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \usetikzlibrary{decorations.text,calc} \begin{document} \foreach \n in {0,1,...,10} { \begin{tikzpicture} \...
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How to type the Arara logo?

I may deserve a silly duck for this. I have successfully implemented the comfy arara (from Paulo Cereda) system for automating the typesetting steps of my master thesis, and I want to cite it in the ...
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The TikZ Game Package – A TeX.SX Project

I was wondering if it is possible to write a very simple game in TikZ; e.g. (very simple) Super Mario Bros. Here is Mario: \documentclass[border=5pt,tikz]{standalone} \begin{document} \begin{...
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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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TikZ and FIFA WorldCup 2018: Flags of Nations

I am a kind of TikZ addict, and also be a fan of football. This time - WorldCup 2018 - is nice change of relaxing by drawing flags of 32 football teams by pure TikZ or TikZ-based codes. Some are easy (...
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World Cup wall chart in LaTeX

Calling all LaTeX & football fans! The FIFA World Cup is fast approaching and I've been trying to make a wall chart for the tournament in LaTeX. This is what I've managed to create so far: My ...
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How to properly typeset a rolling r

To my greatest surprise, LaTeX does not provide any means to properly typeset rolling r's. (OK, neither Word nor pages do any better, but this is hardly a valid criterion.) I am talking here about the ...
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\pi day riddles for LaTeX users

This is a maybe not too serious question, but in order to honor \pi day I'd like to collect a set of LaTeX riddles. The aim is to encourage newcomers to learn some very basic LaTeX commands. Here is ...
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Getting ducks in example images

This question led to a new package: duckuments There are lots of cool example pictures in LaTeX. As far as I'm aware there aren't any good example duck images ;-( Having ducks in the example ...
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Problem with interesting recipe format

I was wandering through the internet and came across http://graphicalcooking.co. An attractive format, and I said to myself, "TikZ can do that!" And so it can. I wrestled with this this morning and ...
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Linden leaf as dedication closure symbol

This is quite common phenomenon of 1950 to 1970 (proof?) books, at least in the Czechia region. "To my wife" It seems to me it represents linden tree leaf with bloom (?) which can be considered as ...
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What is the impact factor of TUGboat?

Wikipedia defines the impact factor as follows: The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a measure reflecting the yearly average number of citations to recent ...
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