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How can I increase vertical space between figure and caption?

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Modify the lengths \abovecaptionskip and \belowcaptionskip to suit your needs:

\setlength{\abovecaptionskip}{15pt plus 3pt minus 2pt} % Chosen fairly arbitrarily

The default values are 10pt and 0pt.

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What does plus 3pt minus 2pt stand for? – Ichibann Feb 27 '12 at 15:11
@Ichibann: plus and minus allow the space to stretch and shrink if needed. The numbers specify how much. – Andrey Vihrov Feb 27 '12 at 15:15
Where do I put this line of code? – LWZ Sep 7 '13 at 23:27
@LWZ: In the document preamble. – Andrey Vihrov Sep 9 '13 at 6:18
@AndreyVihrov: Correct be if I'm wrong, but it seems like you can place this line inside the float (e.g. figure) and then it will affect only this given float. – Dror Feb 4 '14 at 20:57

\vspace*{-10mm} placed before \caption command does the trick. Just pick the number that works for you the best.

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welcome, maybe using package caption would be a better approach? A global definition is almost always better than setting stuff by hand. – Johannes_B Aug 17 at 23:27

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