# Shifting graphics vertically within figure

I'm sure this is answered somewhere. I've looked, but still having trouble getting exactly what I'm trying to do. Perhaps I need to use something I'm not familiar with. I'm trying to shift one of two graphics within a figure vertically, without changing the bounds of the entire figure itself.

Here is my default code and close to desired result:

\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\hspace{-0.25in}\includegraphics[width=0.4\textwidth]{img/a.png}~
\hspace{-0.75in}\frame{\includegraphics[width=0.175\textwidth]{img/b.jpg}}
\end{center}
\caption[stuff]{\label{fig:stuff}Some stuff.}
\end{figure}


I am trying to shift the right graphic up vertically a little bit:

If I adjust with vspace positively/negatively like so, it increases/decreases space between the whole figure and the caption, instead of moving just the right graphic:

\begin{figure}
\begin{center}
\hspace{-0.25in}\includegraphics[width=0.4\textwidth]{img/a.png}~
\hspace{-0.75in}\vspace{0.25in}\frame{\includegraphics[width=0.175\textwidth]{img/b.jpg}}
\end{center}
\caption[stuff]{\label{fig:stuff}Some stuff.}
\end{figure}


How can I shift the right graphics up within the bounds of the figure without changing the space between the entire figure and the caption?

• For future readers, I went down this rabbit hole because my background image had too much surrounding white space in it. Having removed that, any adjusting was no longer necessary. – delrocco Jul 19 '19 at 18:26

You can achieve the following using the overpic package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{overpic}
\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\begin{overpic}[width=0.4\textwidth]{example-image-a}
\put(65,10){\includegraphics[width=0.175\textwidth]{example-image-b}}
\end{overpic}
\caption[stuff]{\label{fig:stuff}Some stuff.}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


The horizontal and vertical position of the smalle image can be changed by adjusting the values of x and y in \put(x,y).

• This is great, but now the first graphic has been centered. I had it hspace'd negatively so it looks left aligned. Can I insert a negative hspace somewhere to do that? Or equivalent option for the overpic? – delrocco Jul 19 '19 at 18:03
• @delrocco: To left-align the image, simply remove the \centering command. If this does not result in the output you want to achive, please clarify. – leandriis Jul 19 '19 at 18:19
• That doesn't put it on the left for some reason. However, including package adjustbox and adding the option left did work. Thank you for your help! – delrocco Jul 19 '19 at 18:24
• @leandriis +1 for your code. Is it important, for your opinion, to edit your answer with adjustbox and left as the comment of delrocco? – Sebastiano Jul 20 '19 at 12:02
• @Sebastiano: Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately I currently don't understand the need for the adjustbox package as my MWE results in a left aligned image if one comments out the \centering command. If you happen to know an explanation, please feel encouraged to add it. – leandriis Jul 20 '19 at 13:43