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In Mikael Öhman's answer to this question, he provides some code for placing an image in math mode as a symbol using the \mathord declaration. I can define a new command in the preamble using this, and it works, but the image is placed on the baseline of the equation.

I want it to be a good deal taller than typical text, so ideally I could use \vcenter to center it vertically. When I do include the centering, the image is treated as if it were as wide as the page, i.e. there are about 6 inches of white space following it. (The image is closely cropped, so the white space is certainly created by LaTeX.

Where is the glitch in my code?

\newcommand{\bone}{\mathord{\includegraphics[scale=0.5]{../images/dog_bone.pdf}}}
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Use \hbox within \vcenter:

\vcenter{\hbox{\includegraphics{filename}}}

You could add \vcenter{\hbox{...}} to your macro definition if you always use it vertically centered.

Btw. generally you could simply use additional braces instead of \mathord to get the normal spacing.

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+1 I was just finishing the same post :-) –  Martin Scharrer Mar 1 '11 at 9:43
    
Thanks, Stefan. –  Sammy Black Mar 2 '11 at 2:53
    
I'm getting an error with it (in LuaLaTeX): ! Missing $ inserted. <inserted text> $ l.415 \vcenter {\hbox{\includegraphics[scale=0.27]{./figures/donkey}}}} ?. Any idea how to solve? –  nutty about natty Jul 10 '13 at 13:05
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@nuttyaboutnatty \vcenter requires math mode, so just put it in $...$. –  Stefan Kottwitz Jul 10 '13 at 13:53
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