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I am trying to create a custom title page in Beamer, and I've tried many things, but I'm just helpless with all the solutions I found.

I would like to create only in the title page, the following structure:

A wide rectangle on top (from side to side) with blue color (width=slidewidth, hight 3 cm), then should come my presentation text and other info, and in the bottom I wan to put the same rectangle ... (width=slidewidth, hight 3 cm).

I would like the rectangle to be part of the canvas, so I could insert the institute logo overlaid above the bottom rectangle. Any help would be appreciated.



I managed to insert the fancy rectangels, but they are inside the text space, and I can't put them yet inside the footer and headers ...

here is what I did:

 \setbeamertemplate{title page}
   \begin{beamercolorbox}[ht=2cm,wd=\paperwidth]{title in head/foot}
   \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}
% {\centering \hskip3.5cm \includegraphics[scale=0.15]{FZD_LOGO.png}}
% \vskip1.25cm

%     \vskip5cm
\begin{beamercolorbox}[ht=2cm,wd=\paperwidth]{title in head/foot}
\usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}
{\centering \hskip3.5cm \includegraphics[scale=0.15]{FZD_LOGO.png}}
% \end{minipage}

Sample output:

sample output

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I still don't understand how to control the color of these boxes ... – Oz123 Dec 3 '10 at 16:01
@Oz: if you would show a small compilable example, the readers could test and improve it. Without code to work on, I just can recommend to use one of the packages atbegshi, eso-pic or textpos. The letter is not hard to use. Or edit footline and headline templates accordingly. – Stefan Kottwitz Dec 3 '10 at 16:15
@Stefan I put a link bellow. – Oz123 Dec 3 '10 at 16:48
I edited your question to embed the image. – Matthew Leingang Dec 3 '10 at 17:36
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Hi some thing like this could help:


\date{the day the music died}   


\setbeamercolor{my thing}{fg=red, bg=black}% you can use every beamer color 
 \setbeamertemplate{title page}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[ht=2cm,wd=\paperwidth, left, sep=.5cm]{my thing}
 \color{black}Upper % use every color you want
\vskip0pt plus 1filll % see beamerusersguide

\begin{centering} % some Text Macros





\vskip0pt plus 1filll % again tantau magical
\leavevmode \begin{beamercolorbox}[ wd=\paperwidth, ht=2cm, sep=.5cm]{my thing}
  \color{black} Lower % or what ever you like

\frame[plain]{\titlepage} % PLAIN!
\frame{just a frame}

Hope that helps

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Yep, it sure helps ! that did it for me ... – Oz123 Dec 3 '10 at 17:15

I think what you want to do is edit the background template, which goes over the canvas and under the text. Put that inside a group with your title page and it will only affect the title page.


\setbeamertemplate{background{% draw stuff...


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img835.imageshack.us/i/screenshot2mp.png this is a link to what I am trying to achieve. – Oz123 Dec 3 '10 at 16:46

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