I am writing a two column paper and I am struggling with forcing the layout of one specific page. This page should contain 4 figures, each with a caption, and a general paragraph discussing them. I would like to break from two columns to one column for the paragraph so that I would get something like:

desired layout

At the moment I am using:


which gives me a two column page with the 4 figures, three on the left column and one on the right column; and a second one-column page with the discussion.

I have tried using minipage for the first time but with no success.

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    Short answer: Use multicol package or use subcaption package or indeed use two minipages, each with two images with \captionofs. You could even use a tabular for the for images with captions. Commented May 12, 2017 at 12:48

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See, if the following MWE gives what you like to obtain:

\usepackage{stfloats} % for positioning of figure* on the same page

    \includegraphics[width=\linewidth, height=0.5\linewidth]{example-image-a}
\caption{Figure A}
    \includegraphics[width=\linewidth, height=0.5\linewidth]{example-image-b}
\caption{Figure B}

    \includegraphics[width=\linewidth, height=0.5\linewidth]{example-image-C}
\caption{Figure C}
    \includegraphics[width=\linewidth, height=0.5\linewidth]{example-image}
\caption{Figure D}
\caption{Common caption}

[1]: https://i.sstatic.net/L5fFo.png

  • Thank you, it helped a lot. It is not giving me the one column paragraph as I want yet but the 2x2 figure display is a big improvement.
    – Decaying
    Commented May 12, 2017 at 15:25

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