When writing a large document with lots of figures, so far I took it that LaTeX-users mostly organize their project's content like this:


and so forth...

and so forth...

Would anyone happen to have experience with other possibilities, say all content relating to one chapter in the respective folder? The folder structure could look like this then:

/chap2/00-and so forth...

Does anyone of you work with the second method? Are they some significant aspects which made you adapt to it, or some drawbacks of the "traditional" way?

I am aware that the question appears to be aiming for subjective opinions but I'd like to try and get an impression before migrating and trying it out long-term.

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    Looks like a good approach. I usually generate my pictures (with TikZ) and since I only have very few other pictures, I put them all in the same directory.
    – user10274
    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:48
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    I usually keep the figures in a subfolder and the tex files in the main folder (same folder as the main file). I think is becomes overly complicated to organize it in the manner you lay out above.
    – daleif
    Mar 4, 2014 at 12:49
  • daleif, how many files in the main directory do you have then? Or do you not split the files up?
    – henry
    Mar 4, 2014 at 13:37

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I use a modified version of the first approach: so my master folder might contain


then my figure or table labels match the filename of the figure or table in question (without extension).

Note that I use no numbering in the folder/file names (unless the figure was something like fig_theory_2_cats.png of course).

Because most of my figures are .svg converted on the fly to .pdf (with a few .png and tikz) I have rather a lot of files in my figure folders, hence wanting to keep them separate.

  • I'd say it's rather related to the second version, but thanks for sharing. Yeah I suppose it's better the keep text and images seperate.
    – henry
    Mar 4, 2014 at 13:41
  • I guess it's somewhere between the 2 - to me it was an inversion of the layers in the first. No doubt someone will point out the downsides soon.
    – Chris H
    Mar 4, 2014 at 13:43

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