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In beamerposter, 2008/03/11. v.1.07. (the version in Tex Live 2011), itemize bullets are misaligned:

\usepackage[orientation=portrait,size=a4,scale=1.0,debug]{beamerposter}  % e.g. custom size poster
    \item Item 1
    \item Item 2
    \item Item 3

illustration of misaligned itemize bullets

  • How can I fix the vertical alignment?
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Remember that \Large is not a command receiving arguments: \begin{block}{{\Large Summary}} would be the "correct" way, but since the title is probably typeset in a box of its own, \begin{block}{\Large Summary} should suffice. – egreg Jun 12 '12 at 10:01
Right, thanks. This was a copy-paste from years old code :) – gerrit Jun 12 '12 at 12:24
I made a note because that syntax might bite you, some day. Good to know that you know. :) – egreg Jun 12 '12 at 12:49
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This is a bug in older versions of beamerposter. With newer versions, at least v1.12, available not in Tex Live 2011 but at http://www-i6.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/~dreuw/latexbeamerposter.php, this bug is fixed:

Illustration of beamer itemize in newest version

If you don't use the newest version, or you still want to tweak the vertical alignment, try something like this in your preamble:

\setbeamertemplate{itemize item}{\raisebox{0.1ex}{$\blacktriangleright$}\hskip0.1em}

Replace \blacktriangleright by the symbol you want to use for your itemize (see the LaTeX comprehensive symbol list for a complete list.

However, I don't know how to fix it when using more complicated bullets such as ball (that I think is drawn with tikz).

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For Tikz drawn bullets you can use the baseline option. For example:

\setbeamertemplate{itemize item}{\tikz[baseline={([yshift=-.7ex]
  current bounding box.center)}]{\draw[color=Color1,fill=Color1, semithick]
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