LaTeX Horizontal Flowchart (Workflow)


Just found an excellent source on how to draw a simple (slightly fanciful) horizontal flowchart using LaTeX (TikZ).

The output is very neat:

The code is reproduced here (in case the original source gets deleted):

\documentclass[tikz, margin=3mm]{standalone}
% for fancy looks of data storages
    node distance = 5mm and 7mm,
      start chain = going right,
 disc/.style = {shape=cylinder, draw, shape aspect=0.3,
                shape border rotate=90,
                text width=17mm, align=center, font=\linespread{0.8}\selectfont},
  mdl/.style = {shape=ellipse, aspect=2.2, draw},
  alg/.style = {draw, align=center, font=\linespread{0.8}\selectfont}
    \begin{scope}[every node/.append style={on chain, join=by -Stealth}]
\node (n1) [disc] {Training\\ data};
\node (n2) [alg]  {Learning\\ algorithm};
\node (n3) [mdl]  {Model};
\node (n4) [disc] {Test\\ data};
\node (n3) [mdl]  {Accuracy};
\node[below=of n2]  {Step 1: Training};
\node[below=of n4]  {Step 2: Tresting};

Multiline Flow Chart

For flowcharts that exceed one line (and hence require a line break), the following Tikz code is very helpful! (Source:

        \tikzset{block/.style= {draw, rectangle, align=center,minimum width=2cm,minimum height=1cm},
        rblock/.style={draw, shape=rectangle,rounded corners=1.5em,align=center,minimum width=2cm,minimum height=1cm},
        input/.style={ % requires library shapes.geometric
        trapezium left angle=60,
        trapezium right angle=120,
        minimum width=2cm,
        minimum height=1cm
        \node [rblock]  (start) {Start};
        \node [block, right =2cm of start] (acquire) {Acquire Image};
        \node [block, right =2cm of acquire] (rgb2gray) {RGB to Gray};
        \node [block, right =2cm of rgb2gray] (otsu) {Localized OTSU \\ Thresholding};
        \node [block, below right =2cm and -0.5cm of start] (gchannel) {Subtract the \\ Green Channel};
        \node [block, right =2cm of gchannel] (closing) {Morphological \\ Closing};
        \node [block, right =2cm of closing] (NN) {Sign Detection \\ Using NN};
        \node [input, right =2cm of NN] (limit) {Speed \\ Limit};
        \node [coordinate, below right =1cm and 1cm of otsu] (right) {};  %% Coordinate on right and middle
        \node [coordinate,above left =1cm and 1cm of gchannel] (left) {};  %% Coordinate on left and middle

%% paths
        \path[draw,->] (start) edge (acquire)
                    (acquire) edge (rgb2gray)
                    (rgb2gray) edge (otsu)
                    (otsu.east) -| (right) -- (left) |- (gchannel)
                    (gchannel) edge (closing)
                    (closing) edge (NN)
                    (NN) edge (limit)



Author: mathtuition88

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