# Create a figure reference without defining a figure

I am writing a physics lab and I have a list of figures in the appendix, each figure has a reference. I also have two pages that have handwriting that are to be included in the report, and I want to reference the figures on that page. At the moment, I have to compile, count the references and "Hard code" the numbers of the figures on the handwritten pages. Is there a way to create references to these figures (in the location they are to appear) without having to actually define a figure, a caption etc?

• We will have to see an MWE here. How are you including the handwritten pages? – LaRiFaRi Mar 9 '15 at 15:54
• Couldn't you use two dummy figures (tex-side) on a separate sheet, reference them as usual and then add the handwritten ones (glued to another sheet of paper) to the printed copy of your document? – user31729 Mar 9 '15 at 16:20

You are going to need something if you don't want to get a bunch of ?? references. This is about as minimal as possible.

\documentclass{report}

\newcommand{\fakefigure}[1]% #1 = label name
{\refstepcounter{figure}\label{#1}}

\begin{document}
\chapter{First}