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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)

Connecting nodes by edges

In the previous chapter, we used lines with arrows to create the small diagram in Figure 3.3. In more complex diagrams, text labels on such lines and arrows are often desired. Such “smart” lines connecting nodes are called edges.

We will start with the first small example. We aim to illustrate the compiling process from a LaTeX .tex file to a PDF file. We will also add some colors to get more familiar with styling nodes.

  1. Start with this small LaTeX document, which loads TikZ and the positioning library and contains an empty tikzpicture environment for now:
  2. In the tikzpicture environment, create a node, which we call tex, filled with orange color and white text:
    \node (tex) [fill=orange, text=white] {TEX};
  3. Put a second node on the right of the tex node, call it pdf, and fill it...