I need to make the picture with the width of one column in two column paper, and I wrote \linewidth but it doesn't work as shown below; it's smaller than the width and also it is very small. I need to make it bigger; any help?

my photo

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    You most like have a white border around the image. To see whether this is the case, use \fbox{\includegraphics[width=\dimexpr\linewidth-2\fboxsep-2\fboxrule]{<image>}}.
    – Werner
    Apr 9, 2013 at 4:04
  • no i didn't want to have a border, i need to increase the width of the photo from both side
    – SMH
    Apr 9, 2013 at 4:07
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    What I'm saying is that \fbox will show you whether you actually already have a white border around the image. Post the output with what I presented above so we can see what it looks like.
    – Werner
    Apr 9, 2013 at 4:10
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    The picture is supposed to stay the same size (actually a tad smaller). Either way, it idea behind asking you to actually show the image with the border would be to highlight whether or not there is a thick white border around your image. If so (which is likely), then you should use epstool to trim the whitespace around the image...
    – Werner
    Apr 9, 2013 at 4:21
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    See Tight bounding box for EPS.
    – Werner
    Apr 9, 2013 at 4:22

2 Answers 2


your image has a lot of whitespace around it. You can clip the image with

\includegraphics[trim=20 20 20 20,clip]{...}

(choose correct four values, in my example it is 20pt on all sides).


With PSTricks.

enter image description here

% filename is main.tex
% compile it with pdflatex -shell-escape main.tex






\immediate\write18{latex dummy}
\immediate\write18{dvips dummy}
\immediate\write18{ps2pdf dummy.ps}

Karl's students do not care about dashing patterns.
\caption{The cropped image}
Karl's students do not care about arrow tips. Karl's students, by the way, do not know what a transformation matrix is.

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