# Set distance between Captions

I've got a question about the placement of captions, specifically the distance between the captions.

The problem is that I have two figures next to each other (through minipage) that both require a caption with a lot of text. However, as the picture below indicates, it quickly becomes unreadable, so I would like to add some whitespace there.

Does anybody know how to achieve this?

The actual code

\begin{figure}

\begin{minipage}{.5\textwidth}

\includegraphics[scale=0.45]{3b_01.png}

\caption{Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells: blue points indicate that
the systems synchronise, red points indicate that the system does not. The map
is an average of three equal systems with each a different initial condition.
Gamma goes from 0 to 1 (each increment in y direction = 1/15 ) where as Tau goes
from 0 to 1 (each increment x direction = 1/60). }

\label{fig:3b_01}

\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}{.45\textwidth}

\includegraphics[scale=0.45]{3b_02.png}

\caption{Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells: blue points indicate that
the systems synchronise, red points indicate that the system does not.The map is
an average of three equal systems with each a different initial condition. Gamma
goes from 0 to 1 (each increment in y direction = 1/15 ) where as Tau goes from
0 to 1 (each increment x direction = 1/60). Notice how the different tolerance
leads to a larger area but with an equal shape }

\label{fig:3b_02}

\end{minipage}

\end{figure}

• Use something like \hfill betwenn the minipages. – Johannes_B Jul 4 '14 at 8:21
• Welcome to TeX.SX! Please tell us, why you are using minipages and not subfigures here and complete your code in order to make it compilable for us (should start with \documentclass{} and end with \end{document}) – LaRiFaRi Jul 4 '14 at 8:35

You could just add \hfil or \hfill (try what you like more) between your two figure. This will "push" the two images to the margins and put some blank space between them.

Here is a version with minipage and one with subfigure from subcaption. If the \hfill is not possible for you, you should take a look on the command \subcaptionbox in the documentation here. If your images do have different heights, neither my [t]-alignment nor a [b] alignment will look nice, as the captions do have different length. \subcaptionbox offers a possibility to manage such cases.

% arara: pdflatex

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{subcaption}
\usepackage{siunitx}

\begin{document}
\begin{figure}
\begin{minipage}[t]{.5\textwidth}
\includegraphics[scale=0.45]{3b_01.png}
\caption[Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells]{Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells: blue points indicate that the systems synchronise, red points indicate that the system does not. The map is an average of three equal systems with each a different initial condition. Gamma goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment in $y$ direction $= 1/15$) where as Tau goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment $x$ direction $= 1/60$).}
\end{minipage}%
\hfill
\begin{minipage}[t]{.45\textwidth}
\includegraphics[scale=0.45]{3b_02.png}
\caption[Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells]{Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells: blue points indicate that the systems synchronise, red points indicate that the system does not.The map is an average of three equal systems with each a different initial condition. Gamma goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment in $y$ direction $= 1/15$) where as Tau goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment $x$ direction $= 1/60$). Notice how the different tolerance leads to a larger area but with an equal shape}
\end{minipage}
\end{figure}
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
\begin{figure}
\begin{subfigure}[t]{.45\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=.45\linewidth]{3b_01.png}
\caption[Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells]{Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells: blue points indicate that the systems synchronise, red points indicate that the system does not. The map is an average of three equal systems with each a different initial condition. Gamma goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment in $y$ direction $= 1/15$) where as Tau goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment $x$ direction $= 1/60$).}
\label{fig:3b_01}
\end{subfigure}%
\hfill
\begin{subfigure}[t]{.45\textwidth}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=.8\linewidth]{3b_02.png}
\caption[Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells]{Synchronisation map for the two coupled cells: blue points indicate that the systems synchronise, red points indicate that the system does not.The map is an average of three equal systems with each a different initial condition. Gamma goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment in $y$ direction $= 1/15$) where as Tau goes from \numrange{0}{1} (each increment $x$ direction $= 1/60$). Notice how the different tolerance leads to a larger area but with an equal shape}
\label{fig:3b_02}
\end{subfigure}
\end{figure}
\end{document}


• Setting width=\linewidth instead of scale=0.45 makes the graphs have the same widths as the captions, improving the overall appearance of the figures. – Mico Jul 4 '14 at 8:57