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I don't like default beamer themes very much.

Where could I find some custom beamer themes?

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Speaking for the community of people who watch math talks, I would love to see more beamer themes! :-)) But you can start by customizing one. Kuler is a nice Adobe web app to find color schemes. – Matthew Leingang Nov 23 '10 at 13:20
Yeah, don't use a blue-heavy colour theme. This alone will make you stand out. – Seamus Nov 23 '10 at 16:04
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All (or at least most) of the default themes are available to view here. If none of these suit, I think the best bet is probably to pick one you almost like and modify it yourself. This has the advantage that you learn more about beamer, and it makes your presentations unique. The beamer manual is pretty complete and all the relevant options are documented...

Customising a theme does not involve hunting out the .sty file in your texmf tree and editing that: you can just modify options piecemeal in your preamble. For example, a recent beamer preamble of mine starts like this:

\setbeamercolor{itemize item}{fg=darkred!80!black}

Note that first I pick some theme options, then (the final line) I redefine the colour of the itemize item. As long as the command comes after the colortheme option, this gives you an easy way to modify a beamer theme on the fly. [I think I did this because the beaver theme is red, but it doesn't actually redefine the itemize colour, so you get the default blue unless you fix it.]

There are some custom themes available here. But I'm sure you know about this because you obviously googled "custom beamer themes" before you asked a question on here.

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Thanks. The idea of writing my own theme isn't a bad one, but I'm afraid it'll take much time and that my result won't be that good. I already got into that page, but was hoping to find a bigger repository with tons of custom themes... – peoro Nov 23 '10 at 11:56
@peoro I think you might be overestimating the size of the beamer community. I think it's unlikely that there would be a huge repository of custom beamer themes that isn't showing up on the first page of that google search. There just aren't enough people making their own themes... I don't think it would take too long if you find a theme you more or less like and learn just how to modify it... – Seamus Nov 23 '10 at 12:06
How do you figure out how the element you want to change is named? For instance, using CambridgeUS theme I want to change the background color of the section's short title. – Dror Apr 10 '14 at 14:35

Some additions that I did not see in the links provided by Seamus:

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is that version of the progress bar clickable? I saw a version where you could click a part of the progress bar and it would go to that frame of the talk... – Seamus Nov 23 '10 at 16:06
@Seamus: afaik that progressbar doesn't respond to clicks. – Stefan Kottwitz Nov 23 '10 at 16:19

This may be a shameless plug, but I ported a Powerpoint and a Powerdot theme to Beamer. Tehy are available here: https://bitbucket.org/marczellm/beamerports. Here is what they look like:

median theme

klope theme

I would be happy to receive improvement suggestions, feature requests and bug reports.

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Ah, thank you! I've been forgetting this for too long already but I've used Median and it was really smooth, thanks for this theme. Very balanced (though I tweaked here and there :P) – percusse Aug 21 '14 at 9:16
@percusse Thanks for the feedback! If any of your mentioned tweaks fix bugs or improve the layout in some way, feel free to share them with me. (Don't know much about Git/Bitbucket but I think this could be a "pull request".) – marczellm Aug 21 '14 at 10:10

I found one here : McGill like Beamer style but the coding does not look so good. Do you want something completely different from existing themes? Otherwise, you can start from an existing one and slowly modify parameters (colors, margins, bullets and so on)

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Unfortunatly the link seems to be not reachable anymore. Did the source moved or was it deleted? – Tobi Aug 3 '13 at 9:59
@Tobi Nicely updated. – pluton Nov 21 '13 at 3:38

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