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I'm trying to lay out the following:

XXXXXXX Subtitle
XXXXXXX Maybe even a date!

Content, content, content ...

The X's are an image (a logo), and the text is just off to the side. This is sort of a title to a page - not a float, so figures and captions seem wholly inappropriate: this needs to be rendered where it appears in the text, which will be kind of the top of the file. \maketitle is just too bulky, and this should have a more branded feel.

% What goes here?
Title \\ Subtitle \\ Maybe even a date!
% </what goes here>

Content, content, content...

I appreciate that LaTeX generally handles formatting for me, but on the occasions I want to take control of the layout, it seems next to impossible...

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Is your problem with the position and/or size of the text? I would try using the graphpap package. It will allow you to create a sort of grid so that you can put objects at the exact coordinates that you specify. – Kristen Nov 12 '10 at 18:00
@Kirsten: Position mostly. I would like Tex to figure out where to put the text, given the size of the image and all. I tried tables, but couldn't figure out how to get vertical alignment or line breaks in it. I tried frames and boxes, but can't figure out line breaks. – Thanatos Nov 12 '10 at 18:25
Since you’re death, … SHOULDN’T YOU BE SPEAKING IN CAPITALS? – Konrad Rudolph Nov 12 '10 at 20:24
@Konrad Rudolph, LMAO! (BTW, smallcaps, actually, hence the attraction to TeX ;) ). – Geoffrey Jones Nov 13 '10 at 0:31
up vote 12 down vote accepted
  • A tabular environment, parboxes or minipages could be used.

  • Specify an alignment option, for \parbox and minipage choose [t].

  • To avoid alignment problems (\includegraphics sets the baseline to the bottom of the picture) insert \vspace{0pt} before \includegraphics.

  • The same trick helps with the aligment of a text line, so you might need it in a second minipage too.

  • Be careful with boxes or minipages when trying to fit the text width, use % to avoid additional space in the output because of a line break acting like whitespace.

Here's a small example showing how you could start:

\newcommand{\mytitle}[1]{\LARGE \textbf{#1}\par}
\newcommand{\mydate}[1]{\small #1\par}

\noindent Content, content, content ...


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This is closer than I've ever gotten. Is there a way to use the minipage without having to specify the width? I'd like the minipages to shrink to the content, ideally. I can shrinkwarp the left (logo) minipage with \settowidth on the image... is there some way to do \textwidth - \mylogowidth (where \mylogowidth is a length of the logo's width?) – Thanatos Nov 13 '10 at 19:24
Actually, found \addtolength (is there a subtract?) and multiplied what I was subtracting by -1. Looks pretty good now, and doesn't rely on any magic numbers. Thanks! – Thanatos Nov 13 '10 at 19:31

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