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#### 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.
Chapter 1: Getting Started with TikZ
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Chapter 2: Creating the First TikZ Images
Chapter 3: Drawing and Positioning Nodes
Chapter 4: Drawing Edges and Arrows
Chapter 5: Using Styles and Pics
Chapter 6: Drawing Trees and Graphs
Chapter 7: Filling, Clipping, and Shading
Chapter 8: Decorating Paths
Chapter 9: Using Layers, Overlays, and Transparency
Chapter 10: Calculating with Coordinates and Paths
Chapter 11: Transforming Coordinates and Canvas
Chapter 12: Drawing Smooth Curves
Chapter 13: Plotting in 2D and 3D
Chapter 14: Drawing Diagrams
Chapter 15: Having Fun with TikZ
Index
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# Rotating, scaling, and slanting

A rotation means rotating a coordinate, node, or path around another coordinate or an axis. We will look at this first.

The following options can be used to rotate coordinates and paths:

• rotate is a value in degrees that rotates a coordinate or the coordinate system of a path around the origin. When used as an option for a node, the node’s center is considered the origin of the rotation.
• rotate around takes an angle in degrees and a coordinate. This rotates around the given coordinate by that angle.

The following command draws a filled triangle that is rotated around the origin by 45 degrees:

\fill[orange, rotate=45] (0,1) -- (3,1) -- (2,2) --cycle;

You can compare it with the original triangle, filled with the color gray in the following figure:

Figure 11.1 – Rotating a triangle around the origin

This command also rotates the triangle by 45 degrees, but around the coordinate (0...