Note below figure

I have a figure and include it in LaTeX using \includegraphics in a \figure floating environment. The caption is at the top. Basically I would like to have a note below the figure too. I see some entries for tables but not for figures. Please suggest!

• What kind of note do you need? Can you make an example? May 19, 2012 at 19:39
• @egreg Just like what lockstep has made below, actually. May 19, 2012 at 19:50
• After the \includegraphics instruction, be sure to leave a blank line, followed by whatever extra information you wish to provide. If you feel you need to add a bit of vertical separation between the graphic and the subsequent blurb, add an instruction such as \smallskip or \medskip after the blank one and before the text of the blurb.
– Mico
May 19, 2012 at 20:45

The floatrow package offers the \floatfoot macro for notes in addition to a float's \caption.

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage[capposition=top]{floatrow}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
% \centering% default with floatrow
\rule{1cm}{1cm}% placeholder for \includegraphics
\caption{A figure}
\floatfoot{A note}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


• Thanks lockstep. There seems to be a problem now, the (additional) first page of the compiled document has some nonsensical text and there are '%' signs floating around the document. The good news is that there is a note below the figure right where it should be. Any clue how I could rid away that funny text and the '%' signs? May 19, 2012 at 19:44
• @AbhimanyuArora Perhaps there's a conflict stemming from the order of packages loaded (you don't load floatrow after hyperref?). But without a compilable example it's hard to say. May 19, 2012 at 19:48
• @locktep, yes. I load it right at the start and things are better now. May 19, 2012 at 19:52
• This package is in conflict with float package . I can't import both of them. Feb 6, 2021 at 10:11

Another option is to use the \caption* command from the caption package:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{caption}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\caption{A figure}
\rule{1cm}{1cm}% placeholder for \includegraphics
\caption*{A note}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


If the notes should use separate different formatting than the one used for the captions, a simple definition of a new command using \captionsetup will do the job:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{caption}

\newcommand\fnote[1]{\captionsetup{font=small}\caption*{#1}}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\caption{A figure}
\rule{1cm}{1cm}% placeholder for \includegraphics
\fnote{A note}
\label{fig:test}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


• In particular, for controlling the width of the note, use something like \captionsetup{width=.9\linewidth}. Apr 16, 2019 at 7:48

Another option:

\begin{figure}
\centering
\includegraphics[scale=YOUR_FIGURE_SCALE]{YOUR_FIGURE.pdf}
\begin{minipage}{YOUR_SPECIFIED_WIDTH}
\footnotesize
\end{minipage}
\label{YOUR_FIGURE_LABEL}
\end{figure}


Yet another option using TikZ:

\begin{figure}
\centering
\begin{tikzpicture}
\node[draw] (fig) {
\includegraphics[YOUR_SETTINGS_HERE]{figures_PAL}
};
\node [anchor=north east,color=darkgray,inner sep=0,xshift=-5pt,yshift=-3pt]
at (fig.south east) {\footnotesize Source: YOUR_SOURCE};
\end{tikzpicture}
\caption{Simplest picture.}
\end{figure}


This will result in:

The benefit of this solution may be that you have to set the dimension only for the graphic. The position of the note follows automatically.

Btw: If the note shall be directly underneath the figure you can change anchor=northand the position at (fig.south).

Another option using the subcaption package

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{subcaption}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}
\centering
\caption{A figure}
\rule{1cm}{1cm}% placeholder for \includegraphics
\subcaption*{A note}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


• Is there any way to make the font smaller for the note? Feb 6 at 16:42
• @ChinG yes for instance you can use \subcaption*{\footnotesize{A note}} or any smaller font size command: \scriptsize or \tiny Feb 7 at 23:33