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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 and Positioning Nodes

Text elements of TikZ pictures are called nodes. This feature gives you excellent control over placing and arranging text in graphics, and you can combine it with additional drawing elements.

In this chapter, you will learn how to draw nodes with various shapes containing text and how to position them.

We will deal with the following topics:

  • Understanding nodes
  • Using shapes and anchors
  • Positioning and aligning nodes
  • Adding labels and pins
  • Spacing within and around nodes
  • Putting images into nodes

By the end of this chapter, you will be ready to draw your first images with text elements.