How do I put a picture "in front of text" in LaTeX?

I believe most of us are familiar with the Microsoft Word settings for a picture in a text document. In particular, there is one option called "in front of text" that just lets you put the picture wherever you want, ignoring everything else in the document.

Is there something like this in LaTeX? I was thinking of an instruction that could include the "coordinates" of the picture in the document.

• Search for the overlay option in Tikz. Jun 27 '17 at 15:27
• Jun 27 '17 at 20:38
• 'I believe most of us are familiar with the Microsoft Word settings for a picture in a text document. ' On this site? Are you kidding?
– cfr
Jun 27 '17 at 22:51
• What, you turned on a computer for the first time and started writing in LaTeX? Jun 27 '17 at 23:03
• Jun 28 '17 at 18:31

• For details see Absolute positioning in beamer.
• I use tikz with remember picture and overlay.
• remember picture is for absolute positioning.
• overlay makes that the picture has the size of zero and therefore doesn't influence the position of other objects (as far as I understand).

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{tikz}

% Demo
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{showframe}

\begin{document}

\blindtext

\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\node[xshift=65mm,yshift=-48mm,anchor=north west] at (current page.north west){%
\includegraphics[width=50mm]{example-image-a}};
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}