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I know how to add a picture to my LaTeX file, e.g. \includegraphics[width=7cm]{curve.pdf}. What I'd now like to do is place some latex symbols onto the picture. Like a \gamma to name a curve. I do not want to do that in the graphics editing program e.g. because I might want to rename that curve later and don't want to repeat the editing process.

I know I can do a \put in a picture environment. But this environment forces me to specify its size at the beginning. That would be cumbersome since I'd have to go open the graphics file and do some calculations. Is there a way to get the dimensions (or aspect ratio) of a graphics file within LaTeX, so I might use it there? But even if I could do these calculations automatically, I still wouldn't like the redundancy of specifying the width for \includegraphics again, but I could live with that.

Also, is it possible to specify the size in cm to the picture environment? I just tried and got some errors.

So basically what I am looking for is a solution as simple as possible which:

a) lets me specify a width or a height and a file, and displays the image scaled while keeping its aspect ratio and then

b) lets me put LaTeX stuff inside the image in relative coordinates (percentages or 0...1), so I won't have to redo anything should I decide that the image needs to be a bit larger or smaller.

(b is kind of like setting \unitlength to the whole width=height for the 'picture' environment. But of course most images are not square and I also don't appreciate the redundancy (but could live with it).)

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See Drawing on an image with TikZ‌​. –  Martin Scharrer Jun 15 '11 at 8:14
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The package picture allows the use of explicit length such as 2cm in the picture environment. –  egreg Jun 15 '11 at 8:24
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use the overpic package.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[percent]{overpic}

\begin{document}
\begin{overpic}[width=0.5\textwidth,grid,tics=10]{pictures/baum}
 \put (20,85) {\huge$\displaystyle\gamma$}
\end{overpic}
\end{document}

will give you

enter image description here

Remove the 'grid' option after you are done putting symbols in the picture. Overpic can basically be used as a replacement for \includegraphics. Also, recently a user found some minor bug where the figure turned out to be slightly shifted (probably due to a number rounding error). I never had (or noticed) this issue myself.

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works like a charm. thanks. –  peter Jun 15 '11 at 10:48
    
is there a way to scale the picture before you apply the symbol? –  Yiannis Lazarides Jun 15 '11 at 11:15
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@Yiannis Yes of course you can add the usual parameters for includegraphics to overpic. Something like \begin{overpic}[width=0.5\linewidth,grid,tics=10]{pictures/baum} should work –  Martin H Jun 15 '11 at 12:26
    
Thanks, if you don't mind won't you make a short edit in your reply to make it easy for other people to see as well? –  Yiannis Lazarides Jun 15 '11 at 12:40
    
man it's great to work with this. it's more than i expected with this grid. i love it! unfortunately i can't vote it up more than once ;-). just 2 things: why that '\displaystyle'? it seems to do the same without it. and: is there a way to specify where the put coords are within the stuff to be put? right now it seems to be lower left corner, this way positions won't stay exactly correct when rescaling (by a very small factor). is there a way to center it (like in the pi answer below)? –  peter Jun 15 '11 at 18:16
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Requirement 1:

a) lets me specify a width or a height and a file, and displays the image scaled while keeping its aspect ratio and then

There are 3 "mutual exclusive" options that can be chosen to keep the aspect ratio easily.

  • scale (dimensionless)
  • width (dimension)
  • height (dimension)

For example:

  • \includegraphics[scale=3]{filename} makes the size of the rendered graphics 3 times as big as its original size.
  • \includegraphics[scale=0.75]{filename} makes the size of the rendered graphics 3/4 times as small as its original size.
  • \includegraphics[width=3cm]{filename} makes the width of the rendered graphics equal to 3cm.
  • \includegraphics[width=0.5\linewidth]{filename} makes the width of the rendered graphics equal to half the width of available space.
  • \includegraphics[height=3cm]{filename} makes the height of the rendered graphics equal to 3cm.
  • \includegraphics[height=0.5\linewidth]{filename} makes the height of the rendered graphics equal to half the width of available space.

It is common to use \linewidth as the reference as follows

% Ratio of the rendered graphics width to the line width.
\def\RatioToLineWidth{0.75}
\savebox\IBox
{%
    \includegraphics[width=\RatioToLineWidth\linewidth]{Images/pie}%
}

One unit in PSTricks equal to 1 cm by default. Therefore the most right and top grid labels represent the width and the height of the rendered graphics, respectively. They behave as the horizontal and vertical rulers. You can make use them to specify the position at which the math symbol will be placed. For example, you want to put the pie symbol at (4.5cm, 3.5cm) as follows.

\rput(4.5,3.5){\psscalebox{20}{\color{white}$\pi$}}

Unfortunately, this coordinate is not the centroid of the rendered graphics. The exact coordinate of the centroid can be easily obtained as follows.

\rput(0.5\width,0.5\height){\psscalebox{20}{\color{white}$\pi$}}

where \width and \height are the width and height of the rendered graphics, respectively. They are defined as follows in the preamble.

\width=\wd\IBox
\height=\ht\IBox

The complete code and the resulting PDF output are given below. I know you are not happy with this way. Please see the remaining answer how to accomplish your second requirement.

enter image description here

 \documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx,pstricks}

\newpsstyle{gridstyle}
{
    gridwidth=0.1pt,
    subgridwidth=0.05pt, 
    gridlabels=5pt,
    gridcolor=green, 
    subgridcolor=white, 
    subgriddiv=2
}

\psset{style=gridstyle}

\newsavebox\IBox

% Ratio of the imported graphics width to the line width.
\def\RatioToLineWidth{0.75}
\savebox\IBox
{%
    \includegraphics[width=\RatioToLineWidth\linewidth]{Images/pie}%
}


\newdimen\width
\newdimen\height
\width=\wd\IBox
\height=\ht\IBox


\pagestyle{empty}

\begin{document}
\begin{pspicture}(\width,\height)       
    \rput[lb](0,0){\usebox\IBox}
    \rput(0.5\width,0.5\height){\psscalebox{20}{\color{white}$\pi$}}
    \psgrid% comment this row if  you want to hide the grid.
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}

Requirement 2:

b) lets me put LaTeX stuff inside the image in relative coordinates (percentages or 0...1), so I won't have to redo anything should I decide that the image needs to be a bit larger or smaller.

(b is kind of like setting \unitlength to the whole width=height for the 'picture' environment. But of course most images are not square and I also don't appreciate the redundancy (but could live with it).)

Dividing the horizontal/vertical axis into 100 or 1 part(s) is practically uncomfortable. The former makes the grid labels crowded and the latter makes low precision. In my personal preference, dividing the horizontal/vertical axis into 10 parts is good enough. To do this, just set xunit and yunit as follows.

\psset
{
    xunit=0.1\width,
    yunit=0.1\height
}

Here we use \width and \height as references. For instance, (x,y) in the code below must be regarded in our mind as (x/10 of \width, y/10 of \height).

enter image description here

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx,pstricks}

\newpsstyle{gridstyle}
{
    gridwidth=0.1pt,
    subgridwidth=0.05pt, 
    gridlabels=5pt,
    gridcolor=green, 
    subgridcolor=white, 
    subgriddiv=2
}

\psset{style=gridstyle}

\newsavebox\IBox

% Ratio of the imported graphics width to the line width.
\def\RatioToLineWidth{0.75}
\savebox\IBox
{%
    \includegraphics[width=\RatioToLineWidth\linewidth]{Images/pie}%
}


\newdimen\width
\newdimen\height
\width=\wd\IBox
\height=\ht\IBox


\pagestyle{empty}

\begin{document}

\psset
{
    xunit=0.1\width,
    yunit=0.1\height
}

\begin{pspicture}(\width,\height)       
    \rput[lb](0,0){\usebox\IBox}
    \rput(0.5\width,0.5\height){\psscalebox{20}{\color{white}$\pi$}}
    \psgrid% comment this row if  you want to hide the grid.
\end{pspicture}
\end{document}

I got an info from PSTricks manual, rather than creating a new box \IBox, we can use the existing one \pst@boxg.

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how will the grid change if you change the 'width=' of the '\includegraphics'? –  peter Jun 15 '11 at 18:08
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so it will remain a 9 by 12 grid even if the picture is half the size? if this is true those numbers seem a bit random. no pdflatex makes it a no-go for me, but it is interesting anyway. –  peter Jun 15 '11 at 18:19
    
No. The grid labels are not random numbers. Depending on how you specify the unit, they are automatically adjusted instead. –  xport Jun 16 '11 at 7:01
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