I know this is a very basic question but I somehow have not found an answer to this searching through the documentation (although I have to say it is probably my bad).

But how am I able to navigate from a given point in a tikz graphic? I am using tikz and tkz-euclide. And if I grab any point in space, how do I define another point to just be +1 in every direction away from that one? Like if I have my point A at (1/1) and I want A' to always be 1 away in x direction and two away in y direction, how do I do that?

If this helps:


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See Derived \coordinate in TikZ for various ways of defining relative coordinates with plain TikZ.

tkz-euclide has \tkzDefShiftPoint for this sort of thing, e.g. \tkzDefShiftPoint[B](1,2){A} to define B 1 unit lengths right and two units up relative to A.


\usetikzlibrary{calc, positioning}
\draw[help lines] (0,0) grid (4,4);

%\path (A) ++(1,2) coordinate (B);
%\coordinate (B) at ([shift={(1,2)}]A);
%\coordinate [above right=2 and 1 of A] (B); % requires positioning library
%\coordinate (B) at ($(A)+(1,2)$); % requires calc library

\draw [->] (A) -- (B);
  • this is perfect. Thank you so much for this reply!
    – Tom Göbel
    Jun 19 at 20:20
  • @TomGöbel By the way, I think all those methods except the above right one lets you use polar coordinates with (<Angle>:<distance>) instead of xy-coords. If you need that. Jun 19 at 20:38

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