Scaling Rotating Mirroring Clipping

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You can use the commands for text, but also for graphics or other “building blocks”.


You can insert symbols at a reduced size in the text flow.

\getscaledglyph{.5}{Serif}{a} a \getscaledglyph{2}{Serif}{a}


There is a \mirror{\sl mirorred} {\sl word} in this sentence.

\mirror makes a \hbox and mirrors the contents. If you want to have a longer paragraph mirrored, you have to make a \vbox manually.

\mirror{\vbox{Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: 
once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, `and 
what is the use of a book,' thought Alice `without pictures or conversation?'}}


You can rotate something by an arbitrary angle by saying something like

\rotate[rotation=42]{the ultimate answer}

The rotation angle and the location (which determines around which point the content is rotated) are optional and can also be set by

\setuprotate[rotation=42,location=normal] % normal is the default
\rotate{the ultimate answer}

Location parameter

An example by Hans Hagen showing the influence of location= argument at different angles:

       \hbox to .2\hsize{\hss\ruledhbox{\rotate[location=depth] {\ruledhbox{\bfb  (depth)}}}}%
       \hbox to .2\hsize{\hss\ruledhbox{\rotate[location=fit]   {\ruledhbox{\bfb    (fit)}}}}%
       \hbox to .2\hsize{\hss\ruledhbox{\rotate[location=broad] {\ruledhbox{\bfb  (broad)}}}}%
       \hbox to .2\hsize{\hss\ruledhbox{\rotate[location=normal]{\ruledhbox{\bfb (normal)}}}}%
       \hbox to .2\hsize{\hss\ruledhbox{\rotate[location=high]  {\ruledhbox{\bfb   (high)}}}}}

You can rotate a long paragraph as well.

In a box

Depending on the usage you will sometimes probably want to include the content of what you wish to rotate into a box. Compare the following two examples:



Page dependent landscape figures

Sometimes, in a double-sided portrait document, you may wish to rotate a landscape figure so that the top is towards the spine of the book – no matter whether it's on an odd or even page. In this case the \doifoddpageelse command can help:


This example is by Wolfgang, from the thread starting here. The thread contains other solutions to the problem.


You can adjust the size of an element by cropping/clipping its borders:


\definedfont[SansBold at 20mm]
\baselineskip 0pt % switch off the space between the stripes
\lineskip 0pt
\def\MyLogo{\vbox{\hbox{\CONTEXT}\null}} % null is necessary for the whole bounding box

see also \setupclipping and \clip

Further reading

In core-mis.mkii (for MkII), there are some handy commands for graphical text manipulation defined.

TODO: What is the equivalent for mkiv ? (See: To-Do List)