# [texhax] How to create legend in Latex

Steve Schwartz s.schwartz at imperial.ac.uk
Mon Nov 1 18:45:14 CET 2010

Dear Mostafa,

On Mon, 2010-11-01 at 15:22 +0000, Mostafa ali wrote:
> So I am wondering, if there is any way to create legends in latex

Have a look at the overpic package, and use pict2e for more control over
drawing lines and things.

\usepackage{overpic}
\usepackage{pict2e}

See appended tested document. Alternatively, just put the legend-drawing
bits in a picture environment and, for example, put the figure in one
row of a tabular environment and the picture in the next row. I'd prefer
overpic because you can place the legend anywhere, including inside your
plot.

HTH
Steve

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\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{overpic}
\usepackage{pict2e}
\usepackage{color}

\begin{document}

Hello

\begin{figure}[h]
\begin{center}
\begin{overpic}[grid,width=0.5\textwidth]{graphic-file-here}
\end{overpic}
\vspace{5ex}
% this is a kludge because I've put the text outside the figure
% The result from overpic will always occupy the space of the
% graphic only, not the picture elements.
\end{center}
\caption{How does this look?}
\end{figure}

Goodbye

\end{document}

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