# Make vertical figures overlap in latex

I want to put two figures into a multicolumn document that span both columns. I want to move the two figures closer together vertically so that they slightly overlap. The two figures fit together like a puzzle, so trimming them is not an option. How can I make the two figures overlap?

Here is my attempt:

\begin{figure*}
\centering
\begin{tabular}{c}
\includegraphics[scale=0.8]{figure1.pdf} \\ \vspace*{-1cm}
\includegraphics[scale=0.8]{figure2.pdf} \\
\end{tabular}
\caption{caption goes here}
\end{figure*}


The \vspace*command does not do anything inside of the tabular environment, but hopefully it gets the idea across -- a vertical shift in the figures to make them overlap. Any help would be appreciated.

• inside the tabular environment, you should be able to end a line with \\[-1cm] to do what you want. that is the equivalent of a negative \vspace outside of tabular. – barbara beeton Sep 21 '16 at 19:34
• Excellent! I was hoping it was as simple as that, I just couldn't find the command. Thank you! – ahle6481 Sep 21 '16 at 19:41

the tabular is doing nothing useful there, simply

\begin{figure*}
\centering

\includegraphics[scale=0.8]{figure1.pdf}

\vspace*{-1cm}

\includegraphics[scale=0.8]{figure2.pdf}

\caption{caption goes here}
\end{figure*}