# [Tex/LaTex] Putting two images beside each other

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If I want to put two images beside each other, what should I do? I have inserted a figure. But, rather than having the next figure on a new line, I want it to be beside the already inserted figure. How can I do that?

Actually there are a number of ways of achieving what you are asking for.

Without Using Any Package

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[!tbp]
\centering
\begin{minipage}[b]{0.4\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{flower1.jpg}
\caption{Flower one.}
\end{minipage}
\hfill
\begin{minipage}[b]{0.4\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{flower2.jpg}
\caption{Flower two.}
\end{minipage}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


Using Packages

You can use either subfig or subcaption.

Using subfig

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{subfig}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[!tbp]
\centering
\subfloat[Flower one.]{\includegraphics[width=0.4\textwidth]{flower1.jpg}\label{fig:f1}}
\hfill
\subfloat[Flower two.]{\includegraphics[width=0.4\textwidth]{flower2.jpg}\label{fig:f2}}
\caption{My flowers.}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


Using subcaption

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{caption}
\usepackage{subcaption}

\begin{document}

\begin{figure}[!tbp]
\begin{subfigure}[b]{0.4\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{flower1.jpg}
\caption{Flower one.}
\label{fig:f1}
\end{subfigure}
\hfill
\begin{subfigure}[b]{0.4\textwidth}
\includegraphics[width=\textwidth]{flower2.jpg}
\caption{Flower two.}
\label{fig:f2}
\end{subfigure}
\caption{My flowers.}
\end{figure}

\end{document}


Pros and Cons of the Approaches

1. It is actually difficult to call one method superior over the other. Which one you want to use will depend on the result you are expecting. So, see the results presented above and choose yourself.
2. The first one which uses the minipage environment is actually very simple. But as you can see the figures are number individually. If want to present a group of related figures, it may not be the one you are looking for.
3. The results from subfig and subcaption are very similar. Though each has its own way of usage. However, there are reports on subfig not working properly with hyperref. This question provides an excellent discussion on the comparative analysis on subcaption vs. subfig.