# Breaking the twocolumn to add a large figure

I am using

\documentclass[twoside,twocolumn]{article}


and I need to place a very large figure composed of 12 smaller plots:

\begin{figure}[h]
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti1}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti3}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti5}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti7}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti9}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti11}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti13}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti15}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti17}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti19}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti21}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti23}
\label{fig:Phase}
\caption{Flow at the tube ending.}
\end{figure}


That's either very unwieldy or the plots have to be really scaled down to fit the twocolumn enviroment. I want to do this instead:

How this can be done?

• \begin{figure*}\end{figure*} instead of \begin{figure}\end{figure}? – Romain Picot Jan 21 '16 at 7:39

You should modify the environnement from figure to figure*:

\documentclass[twoside,twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}

\begin{document}
\begin{figure}
\includegraphics{tmp}
\end{figure}

\begin{figure*}
\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{tmp}
\end{figure*}

\end{document}


\begin{figure*}[h]
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti1}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti3}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti5}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti7}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti9}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti11}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti13}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti15}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti17}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti19}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti21}
\includegraphics[scale=0.28]{usti23}
\label{fig:Phase}
\caption{Flow at the tube ending.}
\end{figure*}