I want to add a figure to fill the whole first page (instead of making it with the latex commands). And then to add a blank page to begin the next chapter on an odd page number. When I write :


instead of having juste one blank page after the figure, I have one before the cover page, and one after the cover page. If I add the H option, I have two blank pages after the figure. What shall I do? Thank you ;)

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    Does adding a \clearpage after the figure solve your problem ? If your cover page is a pdf file, perhaps you could consider including it with the package pdfpages.
    – Corentin
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 9:36
  • Using figure for this purpose is wrong. Either use center or, better, the commands provided by pdfpages.
    – egreg
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 10:02
  • in fact, I use the document class book and I would like to keep it. In this case, clearpage won't work to have just one blank page
    – Julie
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 12:26

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Are you satisfied with including the image your way? If you want to use the formatting (esp. the margins) of your pdf-file consider the use of \includepdf from pdfpages

\cleardoublepage lets you start on the next odd page number

This way it works:



Btw: There's no need to set page counter. \frontmatter will start with 'i' in default.

  • In fact, it seems that just by removing the \setcounter{page}{0} line, it works. I can not figure why, but anyway, it works. Thanx for your tips!
    – Julie
    Commented Sep 7, 2012 at 12:40

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