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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)

Inheriting styles

You noticed that we used the commands for sans-serif and bold font and white text color both in the vertex and number styles. To avoid repetition and to have a single point of definition, we can define a style used by both. Let’s call it mytext. Then, we can use it within the definitions of both vertex and number:

\tikzset{
  mytext/.style = {font=\sffamily\bfseries, text=white},
  vertex/.style = {mytext, shape=circle,
                   ball color = blue},
  number/.style = {mytext, draw, fill=red}}

That way, we can define fundamental styles for our drawings and create further specific styles based on them.

Similarly, we can define specific styles based on other styles, such as highlighting elements in a drawing. Here, we define a general highlight style and combine it with other styles:

\tikzset{highlight/.style = {draw...