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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)

Further reading

In the TikZ manual at https://texdoc.org/pkg/tikz, our topics are covered in Part III in the following sections:

  • Section 14.3, The Curve-To Operation is about the curve syntax using control points. It’s online at https://tikz.dev/tikz-paths#sec-14.3.
  • Section 22, Plots of Functions describes TikZ’s basic plotting syntax, including the smooth option. You can read it online at https://tikz.dev/tikz-plots.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9zier_curve in Wikipedia is a good starting point for reading about Bézier curves and finding further documents.

http://weitz.de/hobby is a JavaScript demonstration of the Hobby algorithm versus cubic splines, where you can define and move points by simple mouse clicks in a drawing.

The hobby library is explained at https://texdoc.org/pkg/hobby. For even more background, you can read the MetaPost manual at https://texdoc.org/pkg/metapost, particularly Section 4.2, Specifying Direction, Tension...