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LaTeX Graphics with TikZ

By : Stefan Kottwitz
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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)

Using shapes and anchors

While rectangle and circle node shapes are available by default, others require loading the shapes package, as we did in the previous section.

We will explore many of them now.

A rectangle shape

A rectangle node has anchors in all compass directions, as we can see here, with a node named (n):

Figure 3.6 – Rectangle shape with anchors

Figure 3.6 – Rectangle shape with anchors

In addition to these, we have a few more anchors available:

  • center: The middle of the node, which is the default anchor.
  • base: At the baseline of the node text and centered horizontally. It is helpful for the vertical alignment of text nodes. The base west and base east anchors are at the baseline height and on the west and east sides, respectively.
  • text: At the left of the text baseline.
  • mid: At half-height of the lower x and centered horizontally. It is also helpful for vertically aligning nodes with text that may have different heights and depths. Also, here,...