# Nonsequential TikZ overlay figures for presentations

Creating overlays with TikZ in beamer works nicely with the \onslide and \only commands, but I'm a fan of creating standalone graphics and include them into my presentations or documents later. A way to achieve nonsequential overlay figures is using multiple \input files that make up the different figures.

An example of what I want to achieve

This the main LaTeX files that will be compiled

\documentclass{standalone}

\usepackage{local_set}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}

\input{inputs/base}

\input{inputs/set1}

\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


With the input inputs/base.tex

\begin{scope}[every node/.style={circle,thick,draw}]
\node (x1) at (0,0) {$x_1$};
\node (x2) at (2.5,1) {$x_2$};
\node (x3) at (0,3) {$x_3$};
\node (x4) at (2.5,4) {$x_4$};
\node (x5) at (2.5,-3) {$x_5$};
\node (x6) at (5,3) {$x_6$} ;
\end{scope}


and inputs/set1

\path [->] (x1) edge node {} (x3);
\path [->] (x3) edge node {} (x4);
\path [->] (x2.75) edge node {} (x4.285);
\path [<-] (x2.105) edge node {} (x4.255);
\path [->] (x1) edge node {} (x5);
\path [->] (x2) edge node {} (x5);
\path [->] (x2) edge node {} (x6);
\path [->] (x4) edge node {} (x6);
\path [->] (x5) edge node {} (x6);
\path [->] (x1.35) edge node[above] {} (x2.180);
\path [<-] (x1.5) edge node[below] {} (x2.210);


Finally, the overlaid figures

The full code is in the GitHub repository. Let me know if this was helpful.