# Tikz: Method to color regions

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw (0, 0) -- (0, 8) -- (8, 8) -- (8, 0) --cycle;
\draw (0, 8) -- (8, 4);
\draw (0, 0) -- (8, 8);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} Apart from calculating the intersection point and manually drawing each shape, etc., what other options do I have to color any one of the four regions?

Edit 1: Added a second possibility to color the zones.

Edit 2: Place a node in the center of the regions

One possibility is to calculate the coordinates of the intersection point of the two segments drawn in the square with TikZ; then to color the desired part.

For this purpose, there is an operation that is no longer documented in manual 3.0.1a but is fully functional. Its documentation can be found in the manual 1.18 which is still available (until when?) here TikZ manual 1.18 (p 87, section 10.2.4 Intersection Coordinate Systems).

\documentclass[border=5pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw (0, 0) coordinate(A)node[below left]{A}-- (0, 8)coordinate(B)node[above left]{B} -- (8, 8)coordinate(C)node[above right]{C} -- (8, 0)coordinate(D)node[below right]{D} --cycle;
\draw (B) -- (8, 4)coordinate(E)node[right]{E};
\draw (A) -- (C);
\coordinate (I) at (intersection of 0,8--E and A--C);
\fill[green](A)--(B)--(I)--cycle;
\fill[blue](B)--(C)--(I)--cycle;
\fill[red](C)--(E)--(I)--cycle;
\fill[violet](A)--(D)--(E)--(I)--cycle;
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} ## Edit 2 : Same with Intersections of Arbitrary Paths

The other possibility is to use the intersections library documented in the manual 3.0.1a (p137; 13.3.2 Intersections of Arbitrary Paths) which allows to calculate the coordinates of the intersection points of any two paths (straight or curved).

\documentclass[border=5pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{intersections}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw (0, 0) coordinate(A)node[below left]{A}-- (0, 8)coordinate(B)node[above left]{B} -- (8, 8)coordinate(C)node[above right]{C} -- (8, 0)coordinate(D)node[below right]{D} --cycle;
\draw[name path=ae] (B) -- (8, 4)coordinate(E)node[right]{E};
\draw[name path=ac] (A) -- (C);
\path[name intersections ={of= ae and ac,by=I}];
\fill[green](A)--(B)--(I)--cycle;
\fill[blue](B)--(C)--(I)--cycle;
\fill[red](C)--(E)--(I)--cycle;
\fill[violet](A)--(D)--(E)--(I)--cycle;
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


## Edit 3 : Place a node in the center of the regions

To place a node in the center of the zones, it is possible to use barycentric coordinates (p133, section 13.2.2 Barycentric Systems).

I have placed several nodes with different options to give you an overview of the possibilities of TikZ. \documentclass[border=5pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{intersections,shapes.geometric}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw (0, 0) coordinate(A)node[below left]{A}-- (0, 8)coordinate(B)node[above left]{B} -- (8, 8)coordinate(C)node[above right]{C} -- (8, 0)coordinate(D)node[below right]{D} --cycle;
\draw[name path=ae] (B) -- (8, 4)coordinate(E)node[right]{E};
\draw[name path=ac] (A) -- (C);
\path[name intersections ={of= ae and ac,by=I}];
\fill[green](A)--(B)--(I)--cycle;
\node[node font=\bf,ellipse,draw,fill=white,inner sep=1pt] at (barycentric cs:A=1,B=1.2 ,I=1.5) {Zone 1};
\fill[blue](B)--(C)--(I)--cycle;
\node[text=white,node font={\it\Large},draw=white,thick] at (barycentric cs:C=1,B=1 ,I=1) {Zone 2};
\fill[red](C)--(E)--(I)--cycle;
\node[fill=cyan,double=white,double distance=2pt,draw,rounded corners] at (barycentric cs:C=1,E=1 ,I=1) {Zone 3};
\fill[violet](A)--(D)--(E)--(I)--cycle;
\node[fill=white,circle] at (barycentric cs:A=1,D=1.4,E=1 ,I=1) {Zone 4};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document}


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• Is there an easy way to put text via node in the center of one of those regions? Oct 14, 2018 at 9:22
• @blackened It is possible to use the barycentre. Oct 14, 2018 at 9:23
• @blackened I added nodes in the center of the regions with barycentric coordinates in the response. Oct 14, 2018 at 12:20
• Just to save some typping you could replace constructins like \coordinate(D)node[below right]{D} with \coordinate[label=-45:D](D). Oct 15, 2018 at 8:43
• @AndréC I cannot decide as to which one of these two answers I should pick as the answer. Can someone please help? Ideally, it would be best if they were somehow combined. Oct 15, 2018 at 14:30

A perhaps less know possibility is to employ the pgfplots library fillbetween. To show that I do not overwrite different parts, I fill each of them separately in an animation.

\documentclass[tikz,border=3.14mm]{standalone}
\usepackage{pgfplots}
\pgfplotsset{compat=1.16}
\usepgfplotslibrary{fillbetween}
\begin{document}
\foreach \X in {0,...,3}
{\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[name path=box] (0, 0) -- (0, 8) -- (8, 8) -- (8, 0) --cycle;
\draw[name path=d1] (0, 8) -- (8, 4);
\draw[name path=d2] (0, 0) -- (8, 8);
\ifcase\X
\fill [blue,intersection segments={of=d1 and d2,
sequence={A0 -- B0[reverse]}}];
\or
\fill [blue,intersection segments={of=d1 and d2,
sequence={A0 -- B1}}];
\or
\fill [blue,intersection segments={of=d1 and d2,
sequence={A1[reverse] -- B1}}];
\or
\path [name path=aux,intersection segments={of=d1 and d2,
sequence={A1[reverse] -- B0[reverse]}}];
\fill [blue,intersection segments={of=aux and box,
sequence={A1 -- B2[reverse]}}];
\fi
\end{tikzpicture}}
\end{document} Here is a method to fill after clip (without reference to the intersection point) :

\documentclass[tikz,border=7pt]{standalone}
\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\path
(0, 0) coordinate (A)
(8, 8) coordinate (C)
(8, 4) coordinate (E);
\begin{scope} % red zone : fill after clip
\clip (A) -- (A-|C) -- (C);
\clip (E)--(C)-- (A|-C);
\fill[red] (A) rectangle (C);
\end{scope}
\begin{scope} % yellow zone : fill after clip
\clip (A) -- (C) -- (A|-C);
\clip (A|-C)--(A)-- (A-|C)--(E);
\fill[yellow] (A) rectangle (C);
\end{scope}
\draw (A) rectangle (C) -- (A) (A|-C) -- (E);
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{document} 