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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)

Using Styles and Pics

In the previous two chapters, we learned about styles and used them with nodes, edges, labels, and pins. Now, we will take a closer look at styles and how to use them efficiently. Furthermore, we will deal with mini TikZ pictures that can be used as building blocks within a drawing.

Our main topics are the following:

  • Understanding styles
  • Defining and using styles
  • Inheriting styles
  • Using styles globally and locally
  • Giving arguments to styles
  • Creating and using pics

By the end of this chapter, you will know how to draw pictures more efficiently without repetitive syntax.