# Subfigure positioning WITHOUT subcaption/minipage/subfigure packages

I am using a latex template from my university, and it breaks if I try to import any of the subfigures packages like subcaption, minipage, subfigure or subfig, so I have to manage as I can.

For example, if I have the following:

\begin{figure}[tb]
(a) \hfil (b) \hfil (c)\\

\includegraphics[width=0.14\linewidth]{figs/repressionA.png} \hfil
\includegraphics[width=0.22\linewidth]{figs/repressionC.png} \hfil
\includegraphics[width=0.15\linewidth]{figs/repressionD.png}\\

\caption[Model Abstractions]{Model abstractions permited when sensor proteins are available in abundance. (a) Schematic showing a sensor protein that represses a sensor promoter. (b) A small molecule (input) that represses the sensor protein. (c) Model abstraction where the small molecule can be considered to activate the sensor promoter.}
\figlabel{Sensor Molecules}
\end{figure}


This will produce the following:

As you can see, everything is not aligned correctly, horizontally AND vertically. Any useful commands I can use to make this a little prettier?

• If it is such a picky template breaks even with a minipage, there is no there is no guarantee that another solution will work as it should. Without knowing what template is, the only secure solution is send that template to the trash. – Fran Feb 7 at 17:24
• \centering should help. Right now \\ is adding an extra \hfil to the right. (The definition of \\ changes a lot.) – John Kormylo Feb 7 at 17:55
• @Fran : I'd love that so much. This template is from 1992 and they are not going to update it until the end of this year, but I am stuck with it. – Pedro Fontanarrosa Feb 7 at 18:01
• minipage is not a package but a core environment provided by the kernel. Why can't you use it? – Ulrike Fischer Feb 7 at 18:29
• Ah, that would explain why when I tried to import it, it made a mess. UPS newbie here. THANK YOU! – Pedro Fontanarrosa Feb 7 at 18:38

Using minipages:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[tb]
\begin{minipage}[b]{.14\linewidth}
\centering
(a)

\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{example-image}
\end{minipage}
\hfill
\begin{minipage}[b]{.22\linewidth}
\centering
(b)

\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{example-image}
\end{minipage}
\hfill
\begin{minipage}[b]{.14\linewidth}
\centering
(c)

\includegraphics[width=\linewidth]{example-image}
\end{minipage}
\caption[Model Abstractions]{Model abstractions permited when sensor proteins are available in abundance. (a) Schematic showing a sensor protein that represses a sensor promoter. (b) A small molecule (input) that represses the sensor protein. (c) Model abstraction where the small molecule can be considered to activate the sensor promoter.}
\label{Sensor Molecules}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


• I can't use minipage either – Pedro Fontanarrosa Feb 7 at 18:01
• Actually, my bad! Newbie here. I thought minipage was a package, and when trying to import it, it made a mess. THANK YOU! Your solution worked wonders – Pedro Fontanarrosa Feb 7 at 18:37
• @PedroFontanarrosa My pleasure! – user180639 Feb 8 at 0:07