# How to define a title page

I am very new to LaTeX. Now I am trying to define the cover page of my document. It currently consists of the title and a single picture.

I have tried

\begin{titlepage}
\maketitle
\begin{figure}
\includegraphics[height=100mm]{../images/dragon.jpg}
\end{figure}
\end{titlepage}


But this still does not place the image and title on the same page. Moreover, I would like to define a set of objects to belong to the cover page and they to be resized and positioned as deemed fit. That is, I wouldn't like to care about absolute sizes of pictures.

How can I define a set of objects, that compose the cover page?

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In this context, it doesn't make sense to use figure, which has the 'authority' to move your image where it sees fit. Just use a center environment with\includegraphics. And use height=.8\textwidth or something similar. (There a bunch of other predefined lengths you can use; see texdoc geometry.) –  Sean Allred Feb 8 '14 at 15:22
Have a look at the titling package. –  Gonzalo Medina Feb 8 '14 at 15:47
See ctan.org/topic/titlepage. mirror.ox.ac.uk/sites/ctan.org/info/latex-samples/TitlePages/… includes some nice examples. I found it useful as a starting point when I needed to do something like this. anorien.csc.warwick.ac.uk/mirrors/CTAN/macros/latex/contrib/… is the package mentioned by @GonzaloMedina. It is extremely flexible and very useful. I've no experience with mirror.ox.ac.uk/sites/ctan.org/macros/latex/contrib/titlepic/… but it does apparently support images in titlepages. –  cfr Feb 9 '14 at 0:42

Probably you use documentclass book, you can try as a start:

\documentclass[a4paper,10pt]{book}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}
\usepackage{fix-cm}
\newcommand{\bigsize}{\fontsize{35pt}{20pt}\selectfont}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=.1\textwidth]{logo}\\[1cm]
{\bigsize The Book}\\
My Name \\
{\today}\\[1cm]
\includegraphics[width=.25\textwidth]{logo}
\end{titlepage}
\chapter{My Big Book}
\end{document}


Note, I have used the demo mode option on graphicx. Please also use the search function on this page. With your keywords you can find some terrific advice. ShareLaTeX Blog has here a verry nice post about the topic. And some more advice about: Basic Structure, Page Layout, Figures, Subfigures and Tables, Bibliographies with Biblatex

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Why \fontsize{35pt}{20pt}? The baselineskip should be bigger than the font size. –  egreg Feb 8 '14 at 16:33
@ egreg I have the rule applied so, because I have no deeper insights. I am pleased to learn something from you. Feel free to edit the code accordingly. –  Lou Feb 8 '14 at 16:57
The first argument of \fontsize takes, roughly speaking, the letter height and the second argument takes the skip from one to the next baseline. Furthermore you should use \par or an empty line to add the line breaks because otherwise the baselineskip can be wrong. –  Tobi Feb 9 '14 at 1:28

To use the titling package you could do something like this:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{titling,graphicx}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\DeclareRobustCommand{\zapfstyle}{%
\fontencoding{T1}%
\fontseries{mb}%
\fontshape{it}%
\fontfamily{pzc}%
\selectfont}
\DeclareTextFontCommand{\textzf}{\zapfstyle}
\title{MY BOOK}
\author{My Self}
\date{266 \textsc{bce}}

\begin{document}
\begin{titlingpage}
\begin{center}
\vspace*{\fill}
\includegraphics[width=.75\textwidth]{example-image-a}\bigskip
\vspace*{\fill}\vspace*{\fill}\par
{\Huge\zapfstyle \thetitle\bigskip\par}
{\Huge\zapfstyle \theauthor\bigskip\par}
{\LARGE \thedate\bigskip\bigskip\par}
\end{center}
{\large Perfect Publishing\hspace*{\fill}Forward by Fabulous Freddy\smallskip\\
The World\hspace*{\fill}Author of \emph{Kayaking with dragons}}
\end{titlingpage}
\end{document}


By setting the image width using a proportion of \textwidth, you could substitute another image relatively easily. It might be better in that case to do

\includegraphics[width=.75\textwidth,height=.5\textheight,keepaspectratio]{example-image-a}


This will prevent the width exceeding 3/4 of the text width and the height exceeding 1/2 of the text height but will keep the image proportioned correctly.

titlingpage is one environment offered by titling but there are others. Whereas titlingpage would still allow you to use maketitle, titlepage does not. Moreover, you might simply customise the behaviour of a simple \maketitle:

\documentclass{book}
\usepackage{titling,graphicx}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\DeclareRobustCommand{\zapfstyle}{%
\fontencoding{T1}%
\fontseries{mb}%
\fontshape{it}%
\fontfamily{pzc}%
\selectfont}
\DeclareTextFontCommand{\textzf}{\zapfstyle}
\setlength{\droptitle}{25pt}
\renewcommand{\maketitlehooka}{%
\begin{center}
\includegraphics[width=.75\textwidth]{example-image-a}\bigskip\par
\vskip 5em
\end{center}}
\pretitle{\begin{center}\Huge\zapfstyle}
\posttitle{\par\end{center}\vskip 1em}
\preauthor{\begin{center}\Huge\zapfstyle}
\postauthor{\par\end{center}\vskip 2.5em}
\predate{\begin{center}\LARGE}
\postdate{\par\end{center}\vskip 2.5em}
\renewcommand{\maketitlehookd}{%
\large\noindent Perfect Publishing\hspace*{\fill}Forward by Fabulous Freddy\smallskip\\
The World\hspace*{\fill}Author of \emph{Kayaking with dragons}}

\title{MY BOOK}
\author{My Self}
\date{266 \textsc{bce}}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\end{document}


which produces

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