# Define the size of an imported picture

Is it possible to use the width of the paper as a variable in order to set the width of an imported graphics? For instance when I want the picture size to be the width of the paper, minus 3 centimeters, or half of the paper's width etc.

• Yes, there is, and you're probably referring to the width of the text block, not the paper width. Using the calc package, you can do all kinds of length calculations. I think the following is a duplicate: Scale image to page width? Does it help? Using the graphicx package (and calc), you can use \includegraphics[width=\textwidth-3cm]{image} or \includegraphics[width=.5\textwidth]{image}.
– Werner
Feb 2 '12 at 19:54