I recently switched to demo such that I could compile my .tex file without needing the actual image files. Now, instead of the image there is a black box. Is there anyway to get a black border such that when I am printing copies of this I don't waste precious black ink.

  • Your precious black ink, haha – Daniel Jun 6 '13 at 18:18
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    @Daniel in these hard financial times, every penny counts – puk Jun 7 '13 at 21:01

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    I wonder why graphics doesn't do that automatically when the draft option is set. – Caramdir Oct 5 '11 at 23:01
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    @Caramdir File a request at www.latex-project.org – egreg Oct 6 '11 at 7:39
  • @egreg Any way to wrap this in a macro so that I can call it when I want it? I changed #1 to ##1 when it is wrapped, but I run into trouble because my includegraphics path is a macro itself. So paths look like \maclibrary Images/pic.jpg (##1). It works, but not if I want to write the file path to the page e.g. \parbox{\@ifundefined{Gin@@ewidth}{150pt}{\Gin@@ewidth}}{##1} – Jonathan Komar May 3 '16 at 13:19
  • @macmadness86 Isn't this the draft option? – egreg May 3 '16 at 13:29
  • @egreg Nevermind. I think the problem is my macro expands to underscores! I am foolish for not recognizing that some images have underscores in the filenames! Lesson here that I should have learned a long time ago: file system naming conventions do not overlap with LaTeX character category code conventions! – Jonathan Komar May 3 '16 at 13:58

Since the demo option to graphicx makes all \includegraphics commands print a 150pt x 100pt rectangle and there's no way around that easily, you could just redefine the \includegraphics command:

  \setlength{\fboxsep}{-\fboxrule}% Remove frame separator/gap
  \framebox{\rule{0pt}{100pt}\rule{150pt}{0pt}}% Framed box of 150pt x 100pt

Now you can remove the demo option from graphicx and use the document as is with the same \framebox-filled result. Since the command has the same format \includegraphics[..]{...}, no further modifications are needed; all arguments (both optional and mandatory) are discarded.


Here is another way (albeit slightly overkill with \tkiz for drawing the box, but you can adapt the other solutions for the box drawing if that is not desired -- I tend to think \tikz first for some reason :-). The only real enhancement here from the other solutions is to use \def\DemoOption{demo} when in demo mode and \def\DemoOption{} when not in demo mode. This could be improved by using a command line option to set \DemoOption.

Since the graphicx pacakge defines \def\Ginclude@graphics when in demo mode, we just need to redfine that after \begin{document}:

\def\DemoOption{demo}% Use this in demo mode
%\def\DemoOption{}% Use this when done want figures included

      \tikz \draw (0,0) rectangle (150pt,100pt);%


You can use the package draftfigure to get the same result and modify the display of the switched off figure:




\setdf{content={This figure is switched off.}}


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