ModernCV classic template has a header consisting of a title, contacts, and a photo. Originally they are bottom-alignedenter image description here:

However when I try to add a round photo, it looks ugly:

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Is there a way to vertically align the center of the title, the contacts and the photo?

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The header of class moderncv, consisting of a title, contacts, and a photo, is originally bottom-aligned coded by using the environments tabular and minipage with option [b]. The image misses an environment minipage, I added it in the following MWE. The hard coded [b] has to be changed to [c].

All code changes I did are marked with <======== in the following MWE. One example:

\if@left\begin{tabular}[c]{@{}r@{}}\fi%  <=========================================

shows you that I changed environment tabular[b] to tabular[c] (b stands for bottom, c for center).

The complete MWE


\moderncvstyle{classic} % classic banking


%\settowidth{\hintscolumnwidth}{Jun-Sep, 2011}

\title{Resumé title}
\address{street and number}{postcode city}{country}
\email{[email protected]}
\extrainfo{additional information\\information 2}
\quote{Some quote}


  % recompute lengths (in case we are switching from letter to resume, or vice versa)
  % optional detailed information (pre-rendering)
    \collectionloop{phones}{% the key holds the phone type (=symbol command prefix), the item holds the number
      \protected@edef\phonesdetails{\phonesdetails\protect\makenewline\csname\collectionloopkey phonesymbol\endcsname\collectionloopitem}}%
    \collectionloop{socials}{% the key holds the social type (=symbol command prefix), the item holds the link
      \protected@edef\socialsdetails{\socialsdetails\protect\makenewline\csname\collectionloopkey socialsymbol\endcsname\collectionloopitem}}%
      \if@left\begin{tabular}[c]{@{}r@{}}\fi%  <=========================================
      \if@right\begin{tabular}[c]{@{}l@{}}\fi% <=========================================
          \ifthenelse{\equal{\@addresscity}{}}{}{\makenewline\@addresscity}% if \addresstreet is defined, \addresscity and addresscountry will always be defined but could be empty
        \phonesdetails% needs to be pre-rendered as loops and tabulars seem to conflict
        \socialsdetails% needs to be pre-rendered as loops and tabulars seem to conflict
  % optional photo (pre-rendering)
        \framebox{\begin{minipage}[c]{\@photowidth} % <========================
                  \end{minipage}% <============================================
  % name and title (pre-rendering)
  \ifthenelse{\lengthtest{\makecvheadnamewidth=0pt}}% check for dummy value (equivalent to \ifdim\makecvheadnamewidth=0pt)
    \begin{minipage}[c]{\makecvheadnamewidth}%  <===========================================
      \namestyle{\@firstname\ \@lastname}%
  % rendering
    \llap{\usebox{\makecvheaddetailsbox}}% \llap is used to suppress the width of the box, allowing overlap if the value of makecvheadnamewidth is forced
    \rlap{\usebox{\makecvheaddetailsbox}}% \llap is used to suppress the width of the box, allowing overlap if the value of makecvheadnamewidth is forced
  % optional quote
  \par}% to avoid weird spacing bug at the first section if no blank line is left after \makecvhead



\cventry{year--year}{Degree}{Institution}{City}{\textit{Grade}}{Description}  % arguments 3 to 6 can be left empty

\section{Master thesis}
\cvitem{description}{Short thesis abstract}

\cventry{year--year}{Job title}{Employer}{City}{}{General description no longer than 1--2 lines.\newline{}%
Detailed achievements:%
\item Achievement 1;
\item Achievement 2, with sub-achievements:
  \item Sub-achievement (a);
  \item Sub-achievement (b), with sub-sub-achievements (don't do this!);
    \item Sub-sub-achievement i;
    \item Sub-sub-achievement ii;
    \item Sub-sub-achievement iii;
  \item Sub-achievement (c);
\item Achievement 3.
\cventry{year--year}{Job title}{Employer}{City}{}{Description line 1\newline{}Description line 2}
\cventry{year--year}{Job title}{Employer}{City}{}{Description}

\cvitemwithcomment{Language 1}{Skill level}{Comment}
\cvitemwithcomment{\textbf{Language} 2}{\textbf{Skill} level}{Comment}
\cvitemwithcomment{Language 3}{Skill level}{Comment}

\section{Computer skills}
\cvdoubleitem{category 1}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}{category 4}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}
\cvdoubleitem{category 2}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}{category 5}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}
\cvdoubleitem{category 3}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}{category 6}{XXX, YYY, ZZZ}

\cvitem{hobby 1}{Description}
\cvitem{hobby 2}{Description}
\cvitem{hobby 3}{Description}

\section{Extra 1}
\cvlistitem{Item 1}
\cvlistitem{Item 2}
\cvlistitem{Item 3. This item is particularly long and therefore normally spans over several lines. Did you notice the indentation when the line wraps?}

\section{Extra 2}
\cvlistdoubleitem{Item 1}{Item 4}
\cvlistdoubleitem{Item 2}{Item 5}
\cvlistdoubleitem{Item 3}{Item 6. Like item 3 in the single column list before, this item is particularly long to wrap over several lines.}

  \cvcolumn{Category 1}{\begin{itemize}\item Person 1\item Person 2\item Person 3\end{itemize}}
  \cvcolumn{Category 2}{Amongst others:\begin{itemize}\item Person 1, and\item Person 2\end{itemize}(more upon request)}
  \cvcolumn[0.5]{All the rest \& some more}{\textit{That} person, and \textbf{those} also (all available upon request).}

%-----       letter       ---------------------------------------------------------
% recipient data
\recipient{Company Recruitment team}{Company, Inc.\\123 somestreet\\some city}
\date{January 01, 1984}
\opening{Dear Sir or Madam,}
\closing{Yours faithfully,}
\enclosure[Attached]{curriculum vit\ae{}}

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\[ e=\lim_{n \to \infty} \left(1+\frac{1}{n}\right)^n \]



results in the following first page:

resulting first page, header

Please see that if the version of moderncv changes, it could be that this code has to be changed too ...

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