I prefer to design my figures externally such that I only need to include one image in latex, even if it consist in several subfigures. Say, I want to have two figures (a) and (b) side by side. Instead of creating two images (corresponding to (a) and (b)) and including both in the figure environement, I rather create one image with both figures side by side and include only this one in the figure environement.
However, I sometimes did proceed the other way round and came to appreciate the handiness of the
subfig package that, together with
cleveref, allows direct and automated referencing of subfigures.
Still, I want to stick to my habit of creating one image rather than two, because I can more easily adjust the position of the subfigures. Is there a way to reference a subfigure that is not explicitely defined as such in latex (because it is defined externally)?
I know that I could do this by hand with using
\ref and putting an "a" or "b" behind. However, I don't know yet, if I want to have my references in parenthesis or not and this can be easily adjusted by the
cleveref package at the end. Therefore, I want to keep it as homogeneous as possible.
I am sorry if there is already such a question, but I have absolutely no idea how to search for this. Using my title in the
search field does give any clue.