# !Misplaced \omit. \multispan -> \omit for stacked image figure

I am trying to create a figure composed of 2 images stacked vertically, with captions underneath each. There are 2 captions (horizontally) under the second image, therefore I use 2 columns. My latex is the following:

\begin{figure}
\begin{tabular}{@{}l@{}l@{}}
\begin{multicolumn}{2}{c}{\includegraphics[width=0.8\linewidth]{fig_a.png}} \\
\begin{multicolumn}{2}{p{0.8\linewidth}}{Caption (a)}  \\
\begin{multicolumn}{2}{l}{\includegraphics[width=0.7\linewidth]{fig_b_c.png}}\\
\begin{multicolumn}{1}{r}{Caption (b)} &
\begin{multicolumn}{1}{r}{(Caption (c)}
\end{tabular}
\caption{Figure caption.}
\label{fig:two-part-image}
\end{figure}


However I am getting the error

!Misplaced \omit.
\multispan ->\omit
@\multispan


and can't figure out what is wrong. Any help would be much appreciated!

• might i sugggest you have a look at subfigure or subcaption or anything other than a table inside of a figure? a quick search brings up these answers which do that, and i'm sure there are more on this site. – aeroNotAuto May 1 '15 at 23:17
• Don't use \begin{multicolumn}... instead \multicolumn{..}{..}{...}. – Werner May 1 '15 at 23:20
• @Werner You gave the answer! – egreg Oct 3 '15 at 21:16

## 1 Answer

Don't use \begin{multicolumn}... instead use \multicolumn{<num>}{<col spec>}{<stuff>}. This will make a single cell entry with <stuff> span <num> columns with <col spec> as a specification (like c or p{<len>}).