I've some problem with formatting my figure captions form my thesis. First i'd like to describe my final result.

  • Caption above: align left
  • Caption below - first row (source): align right
  • Caption below - rest: align left

Final result

Unfortunately - Caption above: in the center - Caption below: align right

I've tried all different kind of aligning-methods (\raggedleft, \begin{flushleft})

Thats what my code looks like




% Begin Document

% Begin Figure
    \caption{Figure 1 - Title}
    \caption*{Source: Source1\ \\Captiontex Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt \label{fig:3}}

  • Is the left-alignment of the caption/source related to the width of the image, or the width of the text block?
    – Werner
    Nov 24, 2014 at 21:38
  • everything ist related to the width of the image Nov 24, 2014 at 21:54
  • Then you'll have to be sure to set the \captionsetup{width=X} key with every figure environment.
    – Werner
    Nov 24, 2014 at 22:03
  • it's better not to consider everything a caption -- you will most likely want to use only one of these as a link point. choose that one, and mark it as the caption, with a label if it's to be linked. then treat the rest as text within the figure environment. nobody ever said that only the graphic was to be considered a figure! and certainly, the source is most unlikely to be considered a caption. Nov 24, 2014 at 22:31

1 Answer 1


Supposedly your images may have different widths. As such, you'll be forced to adjust the width manually using \captionsetup{width=X} for every figure.

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  justification   = RaggedRight,% Or justified
  singlelinecheck = off}

% \imagesource{<source>}{<desc>}
  \parbox{\captionwidth}{\raggedleft Source: #1 \par
    \noindent\justifying #2


  \includegraphics[width=0.6\linewidth, height=150pt]{example-image}
  \imagesource{Source1}{Captiontex Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consetetur sadipscing elitr, sed diam nonumy eirmod tempor invidunt}


The use of singlelinecheck=off works to initiate the appropriate justification when the caption fits on a single line. Also, I've defined \imagesource{<source>}{<desc>} which sets the image source using some pre-specified layout (as in your example). It's best to define macros for such things, as it promotes consistency.

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