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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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Specifying cubic Bézier curves

In the previous section, we saw that linear segments are not a good curve approximation. We could use quadratic curves and parabola segments to build rounder curves. Even better and more flexible are cubic curves. In computer graphics, so-called Bézier curves are used to approximate other curves, which are polynomial curves. Cubic Bézier curves are good enough and already complicated enough.

At the end of the chapter, in the Further reading section, you will get links to websites where you can read about the mathematics of Bézier curves. Here, we will look at them in a basic user approach, focusing only on the cubic curves that TikZ supports.

In TikZ, we can declare a curve from coordinates A to B with control points P and Q in the following way:

\draw (A) .. controls (P) and (Q) .. (B);

The curve starts in A in the direction toward P, which means that the line A to P is a tangent in A. Then, it ends in B coming from the...