# Preface

*LaTeX Graphics with TikZ* is a practical introduction to producing graphics in LaTeX. It features TikZ, a powerful modern computer graphics package. This book will help you write mathematical, scientific, or technical papers with graphics. The book guides you through the initial challenges and provides a rapid learning process. Even though using an external graphics editor may seem like a more accessible option at first sight, it will turn out that learning TikZ is more than worth the effort.

This book starts with essential topics such as installing TikZ and learning the fundamental syntax. It offers step-by-step examples that begin with understanding coordinate systems, drawing geometric shapes, and working with nodes, anchors, edges, and arrows. You will also learn to utilize styles to produce consistent graphics easily while saving typing work.

Furthermore, this book covers clipping, filling, shading, and adding decorations. You will learn about calculations with coordinates and transformations of coordinates and canvas.

This book will help you create professional-looking diagrams and plots in two and three dimensions for visualizing your ideas and data.

With *LaTeX Graphics with TikZ* to hand, you can quickly start with TikZ and enjoy its many benefits.