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#### 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.
Chapter 1: Getting Started with TikZ
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Chapter 2: Creating the First TikZ Images
Chapter 3: Drawing and Positioning Nodes
Chapter 4: Drawing Edges and Arrows
Chapter 5: Using Styles and Pics
Chapter 6: Drawing Trees and Graphs
Chapter 7: Filling, Clipping, and Shading
Chapter 8: Decorating Paths
Chapter 9: Using Layers, Overlays, and Transparency
Chapter 10: Calculating with Coordinates and Paths
Chapter 11: Transforming Coordinates and Canvas
Chapter 12: Drawing Smooth Curves
Chapter 13: Plotting in 2D and 3D
Chapter 14: Drawing Diagrams
Chapter 15: Having Fun with TikZ
Index
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If a decoration doesn’t fit perfectly, there are options to adjust it. You can raise it by a positive or negative dimension using the raise option, such as in decoration = {brace, raise=5pt}.

The mirror option mirrors the decoration along the path. For example, decoration = {brace, mirror} would put the brace on the other side of the path.

We can also start a decoration later or end it earlier. These options keep a straight line of 5mm until the decoration starts:

pre=lineto, pre length = 5mm

If you have a curvy path, such as with arcs, you may prefer this:

pre=curveto, pre length = 5mm

Using the post option instead of pre, and post length, will do the same for the end of the path.

If you look closely at Figure 8.7 and Figure 8.9, you will see that I used such pre and post options for the path at the top so that it looks better and more symmetric. You can see this in the code on this chapter’s page at TikZ.org. This is the bump...