# two column document so in the first i have text and in the second pictures

I want to make a two column document such as in the first column there is text and in the second column pictures with examples for the text. How can i do that?

• you could utilize the multicolumn package for this – Rico Sep 14 '13 at 11:53
• I would suggest one column with a large margin and \marginpar or \marginnote to place the graphics. – Ulrike Fischer Sep 14 '13 at 12:31
• I have a problem with the second comment. When i use \includegraphics it doesn't fit the margin. Even when i use \textwidth. Is there something else i can do? – thodoris Sep 14 '13 at 16:06
• @thodoris as ulrike said, use \marginpar{\includegraphics{...}} – David Carlisle Sep 14 '13 at 17:47
• use \marginparwidth for the width of the images – David Carlisle Sep 14 '13 at 17:49

If you love the tufte-handout or tufte-book default style, these document classes are what you are looking for. It might be also a good option if you know how adapt this style to your own preferences, as in this "de-tufted" MWE. In other case, this has been already answered in the comments.

    \documentclass[nofonts,nols,justified]{tufte-handout}
\usepackage{mwe} % for demo images
\usepackage{graphicx}
\setcounter{secnumdepth}{3}
\setcaptionfont{\itshape\sffamily}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\titleformat{\section}
{\color{blue!80!black}\normalfont\Large\bfseries}
{\color{blue!60!black}\thesection.}{.5em}{}

\begin{document}
\section{Lore ipsum}
\lipsum*[2] (See figure \ref{a}).

\begin{marginfigure}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Some clever caption\label{a}}
\end{marginfigure}
\lipsum[1]
\section{Na dui ligula (figure \ref{b})}
\begin{marginfigure}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image-b}
\caption{Some clever caption\label{b}}
\end{marginfigure}
See figure \ref{c}. \lipsum[3]
\begin{marginfigure}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image-16x10}
\caption{Some clever caption\label{c}}
\end{marginfigure}
\end{document}


This solution is based on paracol. It aligns the bottom of the figure to the insertion point. Centering would be trickier.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{paracol}
\usepackage{lipsum}% MWE only

\setcolumnwidth{0.6\textwidth}% last column uses what is left

\makeatletter
\newenvironment{insertfigure}{\switchcolumn[1]\null\vfill% align bottom to insertion point
\begin{minipage}{\columnwidth}% no floating
\def\@captype{figure}}{\end{minipage}\switchcolumn[0]*}
\makeatother

\begin{document}
\begin{paracol}{2}
\section{Lore ipsum}
\lipsum*[2] (See figure \ref{a}).
\begin{insertfigure}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Some clever caption\label{a}}
\end{insertfigure}
\lipsum[1]
\section{Na dui ligula (figure \ref{b})}
\begin{insertfigure}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image-b}
\caption{Some clever caption\label{b}}
\end{insertfigure}
See figure \ref{c}. \lipsum[3]
\begin{insertfigure}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image-16x10}
\caption{Some clever caption\label{c}}
\end{insertfigure}
\end{paracol}
\end{document}