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LaTeX Graphics with TikZ

By : Stefan Kottwitz
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Book Image

LaTeX Graphics with TikZ

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By: Stefan Kottwitz

Overview of this book

In this first-of-its-kind TikZ book, you’ll embark on a journey to discover the fascinating realm of TikZ—what it’s about, the philosophy behind it, and what sets it apart from other graphics libraries. From installation procedures to the intricacies of its syntax, this comprehensive guide will help you use TikZ to create flawless graphics to captivate your audience in theses, articles, or books. You’ll learn all the details starting with drawing nodes, edges, and arrows and arranging them with perfect alignment. As you explore advanced features, you’ll gain proficiency in using colors and transparency for filling and shading, and clipping image parts. You’ll learn to define TikZ styles and work with coordinate calculations and transformations. That’s not all! You’ll work with layers, overlays, absolute positioning, and adding special decorations and take it a step further using add-on packages for drawing diagrams, charts, and plots. By the end of this TikZ book, you’ll have mastered the finer details of image creation, enabling you to achieve visually stunning graphics with great precision.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)

Working with the TikZ documentation

The LaTeX and TikZ installations contain documentation. You can access it in the following two ways:

  • Windows: Run the cmd app via the Start menu
  • Apple macOS or Linux: Open a terminal window

Then, type this command:

texdoc tikz

Your PDF viewing app will open and display the TikZ manual in all its 1,300-page size and glory. But don’t feel intimidated, for the following reasons:

  • It’s good to have so many features so well documented in a huge reference with an extensive index, hyperlinks, full-text search, and of course, a lot of examples.
  • Hundreds of pages are about the PGF backend, the basic layer, and the system layer on the driver level. You don’t need that as a user.
  • It describes all additional libraries and utilities.
  • It contains five tutorials.

I hope that in the future, this manual will be split into a TikZ manual, a PGF backend reference for developers, and tutorials.