I am trying to organize 4 pictures in the following way:

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I know how to organize two pictures beside each other with a minipage or how to bring two pictures among each other with subfigures but I don't know how to do this combined.

At the moment I don't have a working example for this.

Could someone be so kind and show me how to do it?

1 Answer 1


I suggest you load the subfigure package, use a minipage environment to place the first three subfigures, and employ a plain subfigure environment for the fourth subfigure. (Obviously, the relative widths of 0.65\textwidth and 0.3\textwidth, as well as the height values of 1.5cm and 3.85cm are just for the sake of illustration. Your real figures probably have different dimensions anyway.)

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\documentclass[demo]{article} % remove 'demo' option in real doc.


\caption{Picture 1}
% the following line must be blank, to create a line break:

\caption{Picture 2}
\caption{Picture 3}
\caption{Picture 4}

\caption{My pictures}

  • Thank you very much! It works perfectly. Am I allowed to use the code for my thesis?
    – ce_guy
    Aug 10, 2017 at 14:07
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    @ce_guy - Of course you're allowed. (All code on this site is licensed under the Creative Commons license.)
    – Mico
    Aug 10, 2017 at 14:12
  • How do the different subfigure environments "know" from each other so that the labeling a, b,... still works? Aug 10, 2017 at 19:17
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    @Dr.ManuelKuehner - A subfigure environment is a (thinly-disguised) minipage environment that "knows" what to do with a \caption statement, viz., to increment a counter called (you guessed it) subfigure and to typeset the caption. The layout of subfigure environments obeys the rules that apply to the layout of minipage environments. The overall layout shown above has one minipage -- containing 3 interior subfigure environments -- on the left, and another "disguised" minipage (the fourth subfigure) on the right.
    – Mico
    Aug 10, 2017 at 19:36

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