# How can I draw a border around a title page?

I want to draw a red page border only on the title page and signature page of my thesis. How can I achieve this. I tried the fancybox package but it has some conflict with fancyhdr package and displayed some of the page headings out of place.

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Without a graphic-package like tikz or pstrick you can use eso-pic

    \documentclass{scrreprt}

\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{eso-pic}
\usepackage{lipsum}
\title{Title}
\author{Name}
\newcommand{\frameattitle}[1][red]{%
\color{#1}%
\linethickness{5pt}%
\framebox(\LenToUnit{\textwidth},\LenToUnit{\textheight}){}}%
}%
}

\begin{document}
\frameattitle
\maketitle
\clearpage
\frameattitle
\null\vfill
\begin{center}
\bfseries
Signature
\end{center}
\vfill
\clearpage
\chapter{foo}
\lipsum

\end{document}


In relation to the idea of xport here an example with allows a frame around the text size and the paper size.

EDIT:

I modified my code. Now you can stretch the frame around the text with the setting of the lengths extraxsep and extraysep.

\documentclass{scrreprt}

\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{eso-pic}
\usepackage{lipsum,showframe}
\title{Title}
\author{Name}
\makeatletter
%\frameattext{<backgroundcolor>}{linecolor}{<linewidth>}
\newdimen\extraxsep
\newdimen\extraysep
\extraxsep=20mm
\extraysep=20mm
\newcommand\frameattext[3]{%
\linethickness{#3}%
\AtTextLowerLeft{%%text-boder
\put(\LenToUnit{-,5\extraxsep},\LenToUnit{-0.5\extraysep}){\color{#1}%
\rule{\dimexpr\textwidth+\extraxsep\relax}{\dimexpr\textheight+\extraysep\relax}}%
\put(\LenToUnit{-,5\extraxsep},\LenToUnit{-0.5\extraysep}){\color{#2}%
\framebox(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\textwidth+\extraxsep\relax},%
\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\textheight+\extraysep\relax}){}
}
}%
}%
}
%\frameatpage{<backgroundcolor>}{linecolor}{<linewidth>}
\newcommand\frameatpage[3]{%
\linethickness{#3}%
\AtPageLowerLeft{%%page-border
\put(0,0){\color{#1}\rule{\paperwidth}{\paperheight}}%
\put(\LenToUnit{\@wholewidth},\LenToUnit{\@wholewidth}){%
\color{#2}\framebox(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperwidth-2\@wholewidth\relax},%
\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperheight-2\@wholewidth\relax}){}%
}%
}%
}%
}

\makeatother
\begin{document}
\frameattext{green}{blue}{10pt}
\maketitle
\clearpage
\frameatpage{yellow}{red}{6pt}
\null\vfill
\begin{center}
\bfseries
Signature
\end{center}
\vfill
\clearpage
\frameatpage{yellow}{red}{6pt}
\chapter{foo}
\lipsum
\end{document}


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Thanks. \frameattitle and \frameattext works but \frameatpage does not. pdflatex complains "a <box> is suppose to the here". Is there a way to increase the space between the text and the box. In my case the box wraps around the text too tightly. –  Godey Aug 13 '11 at 14:46
The example above works fine for me. I use TexLive 2011. –  Marco Daniel Aug 13 '11 at 14:53
@Godey: I edited my post. I think during the copy-paste process you forgot to copy the commands \makeatletter and \makeatother –  Marco Daniel Aug 13 '11 at 15:02
Thanks works perfectly now. –  Godey Aug 13 '11 at 15:31
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{fancybox,fancyhdr}
\pagestyle{fancy}
\fancypage*{%
\setlength{\fboxsep}{8pt}%

\begin{document}
\section{foo}

Hello world

\end{document}


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I actually required something like this yesterday for my appendix pages of my thesis. Use the tikz package and then place the following code somewhere on the title page. This requires two compilation runs to get correct results. Adjust the settings accordantly.

\tikz[remember picture,overlay] {%
\draw [thick,red!50!black]
([shift={(+10mm,-10mm)}]current page.north west)
rectangle
([shift={(-10mm,+10mm)}]current page.south east)
;
}%


See also Use TikZ to draw frontpage and Title page using TikZ as well as Get a "Boxed" page with TeX.

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Thanks. I tried your suggestion and it works great. –  Godey Aug 13 '11 at 15:34
@Martin: This could be written a bit more elegantly as \draw [thick,red!50!black] ([shift={(+10mm,-10mm)}]current page.north west) rectangle ([shift={(-10mm,+10mm)}]current page.south east) ; –  Jake Aug 15 '11 at 6:55
@Jake: Indeed! Funny, I should have known that. I'm just in my last week of thesis write-up and don't have much concentration for anything else :-) I updated my code. Thanks! –  Martin Scharrer Aug 15 '11 at 7:01

This is what I did:

1. Create a title page by LibreOffice and export it to PDF say, title.pdf
2. Use package wallpaper and include these lines after \begin{document}:

\begin{titlepage}
\ThisLRCornerWallPaper{1}{title.pdf}
\null
\vfill
\end{titlepage}

3. Enjoy :-)

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\documentclass[dvipsnames,cmyk]{article}
\usepackage[a4paper,margin=25mm]{geometry}
\usepackage{eso-pic,xcolor,calc}

% #1: border color
% #2: background color
% %3: border width
\newcommand\Border[3]{%
\pagecolor{#1}%
\newdimen\borderwidth
\borderwidth=#3
\AtPageLowerLeft{%
\color{#2}\hspace{\borderwidth}%
\rule[\borderwidth]{\paperwidth-2\borderwidth}{\paperheight-2\borderwidth}}}}

\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}
\Border{red}{yellow!50}{1cm}
\lipsum[1]
\newpage

\Border{Green}{cyan!30}{1cm}
\lipsum[2]
\newpage

\pagecolor{white}
\lipsum
\end{document}

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Your example works only with latex-ps-pdf but not with pdflatex –  Marco Daniel Aug 13 '11 at 12:01
@Marco: Both latex-dvips-ps2pdf and xelatex can compile it without problem. –  xport Aug 13 '11 at 14:22
yeah but I mean the direct compiling to pdf -- pdflatex foo.tex. –  Marco Daniel Aug 13 '11 at 14:26