# How can I get a wide image right below the title of a twocolumn document followed by twocolumn text?

I want to have a onecolumn image on the first page right below the title of a twocolumn document. The image should span the text width.

I am not using the multicols package because it causes problems with the text placement later on in the document.

My code looks like follows:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage[top=10mm,bottom=15mm,left=15mm,right=15mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\usepackage{titlesec}

\setlength{\parskip}{1em}
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{0.7}
\titlespacing\section{0pt}{-7pt plus 4pt minus 2pt}{-1pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}
\font\myfont=cmr12 at 26pt

\title{{\myfont 'title}\vspace{-2ex}}
\author{'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}
\and
'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}}
\date{\vspace{-1ex}'Date'\vspace{-3ex}}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{image.jpg}
%This would not work of course. Would need to be onecolumn.

\begin{tcolorbox}
...
\end{tcolorbox}
...


The problem with this is that one of the following text boxes, created at the top of the second column on the first page, overlaps with the image.

I did try to use figure* before but it would completely separate the image from the text boxes and appear on random pages.

Is there a way to fix this? Again, I do not want to use multicols as it causes lots of other problems.

Would it make sense not to use floats?

Welcome to TeX SX!

You can use the strip environment from cuted (sttools bundle). Of course the image is no more floating, but this is irrelevant if you want it right after the title:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage[top=10mm,bottom=15mm,left=15mm,right=15mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage{lipsum, cuted}

\setlength{\parskip}{1em}
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{0.7}
\titlespacing\section{0pt}{-7pt plus 4pt minus 2pt}{-1pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}
\font\myfont=cmr12 at 26pt

\title{{\myfont 'title}\vspace{-2ex}}
\author{'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}
\and
'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}}
\date{\vspace{-1ex}'Date'\vspace{-3ex}}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

\begin{strip}
\centering
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{SanRomano-all}
\end{strip}

\lipsum

\end{document}


One solution is to add the image to the \date.

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage[top=10mm,bottom=15mm,left=15mm,right=15mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\tcbuselibrary{breakable}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\setlength{\parskip}{1em}
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{0.7}
\titlespacing\section{0pt}{-7pt plus 4pt minus 2pt}{-1pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}
\font\myfont=cmr12 at 26pt

\title{{\myfont 'title}\vspace{-2ex}}
\author{'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}
\and
'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}}
\date{\vspace{-1ex}'Date'\vspace{2ex}\\
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image}
}

\begin{document}
\maketitle

\begin{tcolorbox}[breakable]
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{tcolorbox}

\end{document}


With this degree of customization, one wonders why use \maketitle at all?

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt,twocolumn]{article}
\usepackage[top=10mm,bottom=15mm,left=15mm,right=15mm]{geometry}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tcolorbox}
\tcbuselibrary{breakable}
\usepackage{titlesec}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\setlength{\parskip}{1em}
\renewcommand{\baselinestretch}{0.7}
\titlespacing\section{0pt}{-7pt plus 4pt minus 2pt}{-1pt plus 2pt minus 2pt}
\font\myfont=cmr12 at 26pt

\begin{document}
\twocolumn[{\begin{center}
{\myfont 'title}\par
\vskip.75em\vskip-2ex
{\large\begin{tabular}[t]{c}%
'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}
\and
'name'\\
\texttt{'e-mail'}
\end{tabular}\par}%
\vskip 1.5em\vskip-1ex
{\large 'Date'\par}
\vskip2ex
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{example-image}
\end{center}}]

\begin{tcolorbox}[breakable]
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{tcolorbox}

\end{document}