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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)

Shading an area

Instead of filling an area with a single color, we can use several colors with a transition between them. TikZ provides several kinds of smooth transitions in different ways with the shade action.

Similar to fill, shade can be used as a command and an option:

  • \shade is equivalent to \path[shade]; use it for shading without drawing a border
  • \shadedraw is the same as \path[draw, shade] and \draw[shade]; it produces the shading and adds a border

We will look at several shading styles in the following few sections. The first three, axis, radial, and ball, are included with TikZ by default. To use the other shadings, load the corresponding library in your preamble with \usetikzlibrary{shadings}.

Often, you don’t need to choose a style explicitly. Depending on your color options, TikZ can automatically determine one, so it’s pretty intuitive.

We will look at examples with some randomly chosen colors.

Axis shading

Axis shading...