# \newpage,\clearpage and \cleardoublepage not working

I'm trying to compile the following:

\documentclass[twoside,11pt,titlepage]{article}
\usepackage[paperwidth=5in,paperheight=7in]{geometry}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage[absolute]{textpos}
\begin{document}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\begin{textblock*}{125mm}(0mm,0mm)
\noindent
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{front.jpg}
\end{textblock*}
\newpage
Hello!
\end{document}


I get the jpg image on the first page. But the second page with "Hello" comes over the first page itself. I tried \clearpage and \cleardoublepage instead of \newpage as per the following question:

Why is \newpage ignored sometimes ?

But to no avail. Any suggestions so as to how to get a new page started after the first page?

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It happens because TeX thinks the page is empty, so \newpage is ignored. Use \null\newpage instead. See section 2.2 of the textpos package documentation for details.

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It is amazing how every problem has an answer. Thanks a lot! –  harisibrahimkv Aug 3 '12 at 10:26

This works for me (skips two pages) :

\phantom{p. 1}
\clearpage
\thispagestyle{empty}
\phantom{p. 2}
\clearpage

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The textblock is avoiding the newpage working. This code works fine :

\documentclass[twoside,11pt,titlepage]{article}
\usepackage[paperwidth=5in,paperheight=7in]{geometry}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage[absolute]{textpos}
\begin{document}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{front.jpg}
\newpage
Hello!
\end{document}


Why do you need it ?

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You are not using package textpos so the given error by the op can not appear. Perhaps he wants the image on a special place so that he needs to use testpos? The accepted answer is the solution for the given MWE by the op. –  Kurt Oct 21 '13 at 20:11