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LaTeX Graphics with TikZ

By : Stefan Kottwitz
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Book Image

LaTeX Graphics with TikZ

5 (3)
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)

Creating the First TikZ Images

This chapter will work with the most basic but essential concepts.

Specifically, our topics are as follows:

  • Using the tikzpicture environment
  • Working with coordinates
  • Drawing geometric shapes
  • Using colors

This gives us the foundation to move on to more complex drawings in the upcoming chapters.

It’s good if you already know the basics of geometry and coordinates, but we will have a quick look at the parts we need.

By the end of this chapter, you’ll learn how to create colored drawings with lines, rectangles, circles, ellipses, and arcs and how to position them in a coordinate system.