# How to place a multicolumn figure above a single column figure and a single column table?

I would like to place the following on the same page:

• A double column figure
• A single column figure
• A single column table

I want the placement to look something like this:

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You can set a multitude of things inside a floating environment. Below I've created a single figure* floating environment for capturing the wide (two-column) figure. However, just below it (inside the same float), I've set a table and another figure inside minipages, making it seem like they are separate and columnar.

\documentclass[twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum,capt-of,graphicx}% http://ctan.org/pkg/{lipsum,capt-of,graphicx}
\usepackage[margin=1in]{geometry}% Just for this example
\begin{document}
\lipsum[1-7]

\begin{figure*}
\centering\includegraphics[width=.7\linewidth,height=2in]{example-image-a}\par
\caption{This is a figure caption}

\vspace*{\floatsep}

\begin{minipage}{.5\linewidth}
\centering\begin{tabular}{ccc}
\hline
One & Two & Three \\
Three & One & Two \\
Two & Three & One \\
\hline
\end{tabular}
\captionof{table}{This is a table caption}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}{.5\linewidth}
\centering\includegraphics[width=.6\linewidth]{example-image-b}
\captionof{figure}{This is a figure caption}
\end{minipage}
\end{figure*}%

\lipsum[8-14]
\end{document}


The placement of the figures will always be on top and on the page following the placement within your document text. capt-of helps out with the placement of float-like captions.

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@Werner, My single column table and single column figure are appearing in the left hand column, rather than one of the right and one on the left. Why is that? –  sphere Sep 8 '13 at 23:59
For some reason, all of the figures are on the same page, but not formatted how I would like (see my comment above), and there is none of the body text on this page, just white space. Note: my multicolumn figure at the top is actually a figure consisting of three subfigures. –  sphere Sep 9 '13 at 0:14
I figured it out: the /end{minipage} and /begin{minipage} cannot have a line separating them, they must be on consecutive lines. –  sphere Sep 9 '13 at 0:30
@sphere: afterpage and geometry aren't needed. The former was from something else I tried, and the latter was just for this example (since I don't have your images/sizes). You also don't need lipsum. –  Werner Sep 9 '13 at 2:32
@sphere: Yes, you need to keep the minipages together. And you actually need the % to avoid an overfull \hbox. See What is the use of percent signs (%) at the end of lines? –  Werner Sep 9 '13 at 2:33