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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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# Understanding nodes

In TikZ, a node is a piece of text that can have a specific shape. By default, nodes have a rectangular shape, but we can choose between many other shapes, such as circles, ellipses, polygons, stars, clouds, and many more. Using shapes other than rectangles and circles requires loading the shapes library. So, from now on, we will add this line to our TikZ documents:

\usetikzlibrary{shapes}

Let’s start with elementary examples. We can place a simple piece of text on the coordinates x=4 and y=2 with the following command:

\draw (4,2) node {TikZ};

It gives us just the word TikZ at the position (4,2). When we want TikZ to also draw the border, we add the draw option to the node:

\draw (4,2) node[draw] {TikZ};

We can choose a border color, fill it with a color, and choose a text color, for example:

\draw (4,2) node[draw, color=red, fill=yellow, text=blue] {TikZ};

What started as simple text now looks like this:

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