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I am interested in drawing diagrams, trees, and other simple basic graphical items (all in beamer, as a matter of fact). Can someone recommend on a good book that would explain how to do that? (I am guessing the package of choice for doing this should be TikZ, so maybe I am looking for a good book about TikZ.)

I think I prefer to learn this "by example", but it does not have to be that kind of book.

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There's the pgf manual with lots of examples and the Minimal introduction to TikZ. Also, there's a really nice example gallery at TeXample.net. And of course, browsing this site you will also find a good collection of examples.

Since you specifically mentioned trees, besides the trees library from TikZ, the tikz-qtree package could also be of interest for you (it uses TikZ and the qtree syntax).

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