Ideally, I would put a figure in the
tex file with the paragraph it belongs to. This way, LaTeX does most of the work of positioning the figure for me.
Often I do not want any figures to appear in the first column or even the first page however. As a quick fix I have been moving the figure in the source file to get it to appear in the second column. I am however wondering: is there a way to make LaTeX postpone shipping the figure until the second column?
Edit (in response to the comment below):
I'm using the
IEEEtran documentclass (journal supplied). The figures are usually a column wide (ca 10cm). I don't want figures to appear in the very first column because the journal does not like that (but oddly enough did not modify the documentclass to not place figures there).
Edit2: This is a MWE of my problem
A first paragraph. \lipsum
This is in the figure
The second paragraph. \lipsum
Resulting in (top of the first page only):
The figure is clearly placed in the first column, although there is a title specified.