# Full page figure not in its place in cover page

I used at the very beginning of my document "thesis":

\begin{figure}[p] \vspace*{-2cm} \makebox[\linewidth]{ \includegraphics[width=1.3\linewidth]{images/sequence2.pdf} }\end{figure}


to insert the cover page of my thesis. The problem is that, in the PDF, this page is becoming page 2 while the "usually second page" acknowledgement becomes page 1.

Is there a way to force the page of the cover to be the first in the document or to stop changing the places of the two pages?

• If you don't want the image to float, don't put it in a figure environment. – Ian Thompson Oct 1 '15 at 20:55
• I tird to insert it as a pdf file, but that did not work. the file did not compile to pdf any more that s why i used figure environment – Dima Oct 1 '15 at 20:58
• Just replace \begin{figure}[p] and \end{figure} with \begin{center} and \end{center}. – Ian Thompson Oct 1 '15 at 20:59
• Welcome! Or \begin{titlepage}...\end{titlepage}? – cfr Oct 1 '15 at 21:02
• Thank you for your answer, your solution works but a blank page appears now before the title page ! – Dima Oct 1 '15 at 21:07

The following will work unless the inserted image is also too tall for the text block:

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\centering\makebox[\linewidth]{\includegraphics[width=1.3\linewidth]{example-image-a}}
\end{titlepage}
\end{document}


Otherwise, possibly something like:

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage{graphicx,calc}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\centering\vspace*{.5\textheight}\makebox(0,0)[]{\includegraphics[width=1.3\linewidth]{example-image-a4}}
\end{titlepage}
\end{document}


Since you are keeping us guessing, here is a near-real document:

\documentclass[11pt,oneside,a4paper]{book}
\usepackage{makeidx,nomencl,graphicx,tikz}
\pagestyle{plain}
\begin{document}
\baselineskip = 17pt  %set line spacing to 1.5B

\begin{titlepage}
\tikz[overlay, remember picture]{%
\node at (current page.center){%
\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=\paperheight]{example-image}};}
\end{titlepage}

\frontmatter
\chapter{Acknowledgement}
\chapter{Abstract}
\tableofcontents
\listoffigures