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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)

Drawing Smooth Curves

In the first few chapters of this book, you learned about the TikZ tools for drawing lines, arrows, and shapes such as rectangles, circles, ellipses, and arcs. Now that you have advanced your TikZ skills, you are ready to tackle even more complex curves.

In this chapter, we will go through the following steps:

  • Manually creating a smooth curve through chosen points
  • Using a smooth plot to connect points
  • Specifying cubic Bézier curves
  • Using Bézier splines to connect given points
  • Using the Hobby algorithm for smoothly connecting points

As we explore each method, we will compare the results of different methods with the same reference curve so you can see how different techniques affect the outcome. This chapter focuses on creating freehand-like drawings of nicely rounded curves without exact parameters.

By the end of this chapter, you will be able to draw easy curves just like by hand with a pencil – smooth and...