# Image as cover page

I want to add a figure to fill the whole first page (instead of making it with the latex commands). And then to add a blank page to begin the next chapter on an odd page number. When I write :

\setcounter{page}{0}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[heigth=24cm]{images\pagedegarde.pdf}
\end{figure}
\newpage
\strut
\newpage
\frontmatter
\chapter*{Remerciements}
...


instead of having juste one blank page after the figure, I have one before the cover page, and one after the cover page. If I add the H option, I have two blank pages after the figure. What shall I do? Thank you ;)

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Does adding a \clearpage after the figure solve your problem ? If your cover page is a pdf file, perhaps you could consider including it with the package pdfpages. – Corentin Sep 7 '12 at 9:36
Using figure for this purpose is wrong. Either use center or, better, the commands provided by pdfpages. – egreg Sep 7 '12 at 10:02
in fact, I use the document class book and I would like to keep it. In this case, clearpage won't work to have just one blank page – Julie Sep 7 '12 at 12:26

Are you satisfied with including the image your way? If you want to use the formatting (esp. the margins) of your pdf-file consider the use of \includepdf from pdfpages

\cleardoublepage lets you start on the next odd page number

This way it works:

\documentclass[twoside]{scrbook}
%\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\listfiles

\begin{document}
\thispagestyle{empty}
\includepdf{test.pdf}
\cleardoublepage
\frontmatter
\chapter*{Remerciements}
\end{document}


Btw: There's no need to set page counter. \frontmatter will start with 'i' in default.

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In fact, it seems that just by removing the \setcounter{page}{0} line, it works. I can not figure why, but anyway, it works. Thanx for your tips! – Julie Sep 7 '12 at 12:40