[OS X TeX] Full Page Graphic on First Page?

Matthew Leingang leingang at math.harvard.edu
Sat Feb 2 15:53:47 EST 2008

Dear Richard,

I believe Paulo's suggested options were either/or.

Are you trying to have a separate pdf file be the first page of the  
document?  Then this should work:

\includepdf{titlepage} %<-- name of your pdf to be included
text text text text...

See the documentation for the pdfpages package to find options for  
scaling and other stuff if it's too big.

The figure environment is for graphics that "float" and are placed by  
LaTeX according to an algorithm that decides what looks best.  If you  
don't want a float, don't use the figure environment (you see I  
didn't above).

I can't quite tell from your original post, but in case you wanted a  
big graphic *and* some text on the title page, you can use something  

title page text
text text text text ...

I don't think you *need* to use pdtk here.  If you want to find out  
more about it, open a terminal and type

	pdftk --help

It often helps if you post a sample of your code so others can  
understand exactly what you've tried.

Good luck!

--Matthew Leingang

On Feb 2, 2008, at 3:39 PM, Richard J Benish wrote:

> Thank you. Unfortunately, I'm still lost.
> I've downloaded and installed the pdftk application, but I can't  
> find it or figure out how to turn it on. Sorry for my ignorance.
> Meanwhile, I've experimented with using the "memoir" document class  
> and it gets rid of the first blank page and the mysterious numbers  
> -- which was really all I wanted to solve.
> But now the figure (which is a pdf of about the same size as a  
> page) appears at the end of the document even though the command to  
> insert it is immediately after "begin document." I've tried the  
> exclamation point after the h (h!) and it still wants to put all  
> the text before the figure. Funny how the simplest things can  
> sometimes be so difficult!
> Any help would be much appreciated.
> Richard Benish
>> On 2008/02/02, at 16:09, Richard J Benish wrote:
>>> I'm trying to create a "custom" document (not an article, book,  
>>> or thesis, etc.) whose first page would contain a large graphic.  
>>> Then a lot of text after that.
>>> I've found a template that works for most purposes, but it has a  
>>> blank first page and mysterious consecutive numbers (not the same  
>>> as page number) below the text on each page.
>>> The blank page appears even when the graphic is the first command  
>>> after "begin document."
>>> I assume this is because of the "documentclass," which is "article."
>>> Is there a more appropriate document class or template or  
>>> customized settings I should use to get rid of the first page and  
>>> the mysterious numbers?
>>> Thank you.
>>> Richard Benish
>> Sugestions:
>> Is the graphic bigger than the page?
>> Solutions:
>> Create a pdf page with the graphic and:
>> 1) Use the pdfpages package  inside the document.
>> http://www.ctan.org/tex-archive/macros/latex/contrib/pdfpages/
>> 2) Paste  the graphic on the end with pdftk
>> http://www.pdfhacks.com/pdftk/
>> pdftk for 10.3 works well for 10.5 (and for 10.4 I presume)
>> Greetings
>> Paulo Ferreira

Matthew Leingang
Preceptor in Mathematics
Harvard University


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