# Increase white space between title and subtitle in scrartcl

As the title says, how do I increase the space between the title and the subtitle in the scrartcl document class?

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a quick and dirty way would be, to use \vspace within the fields –  Rico Jan 16 '13 at 18:33
another way, easier than redefining \maketitle would be to simply use \begin{titlepage} .... \end{titlepage} and define you're own titlepage are you using other extra titlepage commands? –  Rico Jan 16 '13 at 19:26
I don't know, whether Timebandit does mean this with "within the fields", but this is quick and dirty: \title{your title\\\vspace{chosen-length}} or \subtitle{\vspace{chosen-title}\\ your subtitle}. –  Speravir Jan 16 '13 at 20:44
@Speravir I meant exactly that, but I was told that using \vspace is the first step in wrong direction :) –  Rico Jan 16 '13 at 21:03

Update: Thanks to egreg's suggestion, here's a shorter patch. We don't need to identify the whole block since \vskip.5em is the only occurrence in the command definition. :)

We could patch \maketitle and replace the original \vskip value (.5em) by our our adjustment. Here's my humble attempt with the help of the amazing xpatch package:

\documentclass{scrartcl}

\usepackage{xpatch}

\newlength{\myspace}
\setlength{\myspace}{2em}

\makeatletter
\xpatchcmd{\@maketitle}{\vskip.5em}{\vskip\myspace}{}{}
\makeatother

\title{Title}
\subtitle{Subtitle}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

Hello world.

\end{document}


Note that we created a new length (\myspace) to hold our new value. The output is as expected:

Hope it helps. :)

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Here is a solution, changing the whole \maketitle command.

\makeatletter
\renewcommand*{\@maketitle}{%
\clearpage
\let\footnote\thanks
\ifx\@extratitle\@empty \else
\noindent\@extratitle \next@tpage \if@twoside \null\next@tpage \fi
\fi
\setparsizes{\z@}{\z@}{\z@\@plus 1fil}\par@updaterelative
\begin{minipage}[t]{\textwidth}
\end{minipage}\par
\fi
\null
\vskip 2em%
\begin{center}%
\ifx\@subject\@empty \else
{\subject@font \@subject \par}
\vskip 1.5em
\fi
{\titlefont\huge \@title \par}%
\vskip 2em % original was \vskip .5em
{\ifx\@subtitle\@empty\else\usekomafont{subtitle}\@subtitle\par\fi}%
\vskip 1em
{\Large
\lineskip .5em%
\begin{tabular}[t]{c}
\@author
\end{tabular}\par
}%
\vskip 1em%
{\Large \@date \par}%
\vskip \z@ \@plus 1em
{\Large \@publishers \par}
\ifx\@dedication\@empty \else
\vskip 2em
{\Large \@dedication \par}
\fi
\end{center}%
\par
\vskip 2em
}%
\makeatother


The part that is interesting for you, is between \@title and \@subtitle marked with the comment.

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