# How can I align text, on my title slide, from two different boxes?

I'm trying to match a PowerPoint template, because, well, does anybody here like PowerPoint? Swapping the images out for those that are in the public domain, it looks something like this:

No, I did not intentionally choose the biggest eyesore I could find. I've gotten this far with my code:

using this logo

and the image here for the background. My MWE was made with this .tex file

\documentclass{beamer}
\usetheme{generic}
\title{This Is Sort Of A Descriptive Title}
\author{Author}
\institute[Inst.]{Institute}
\date{Date}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}[plain]
\titlepage
\end{frame}
\end{document}


this and this simple beamerthemegeneric.sty file:

\RequirePackage{tikz}
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
\node [xshift=0cm,yshift=0cm] at (current page.center) {
\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=\paperheight]{wikiCommonsPic}
};
\node [xshift=0cm,yshift=0cm] at (0.068\paperwidth,0.044\paperheight) {
\includegraphics[width=0.27\paperwidth]{fakeLogo}
};
\end{tikzpicture}
}{}


My question lies in this beamerinnerthemegeneric.sty file though:

\DeclareOptionBeamer{shadow}[true]{\def\beamer@themerounded@shadow{#1}}
\ProcessOptionsBeamer
\setbeamercolor{title page}{fg=white}
\setbeamercolor{titlelike}{fg=white}
\defbeamertemplate*{title page}{myCustom}[1][]{
\vfill
\hbox{
\vbox{
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{title}
\usebeamerfont{title}\inserttitle
\ifx\insertsubtitle\@empty
\else
\vskip0.25em
{\usebeamerfont{subtitle}\usebeamercolor[fg]{subtitle}\insertsubtitle}
\fi
\end{beamercolorbox}
}
\vbox{
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{author}
\usebeamerfont{author}\insertauthor
\end{beamercolorbox}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{institute}
\usebeamerfont{institute}\insertinstitute
\end{beamercolorbox}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{date}
\usebeamerfont{date}\insertdate
\end{beamercolorbox}
\ifx\inserttitlegraphic\@empty
\else
\vskip0.25em
{\usebeamercolor[fg]{titlegraphic}\inserttitlegraphic}
\fi
}
}
\vskip0pt
}


How can I align the top line of the title text with the top line of the author text as in the PowerPoint? I've tried inserting glue in various places, but many of those tries wouldn't even compile, saying I had an extra } (which didn't make sense to me).

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Use this variation of beamerinnerthemegeneric.sty (instead of your \vboxes I used top aligned minipages):

\DeclareOptionBeamer{shadow}[true]{\def\beamer@themerounded@shadow{#1}}
\ProcessOptionsBeamer
\setbeamercolor{title page}{fg=white}
\setbeamercolor{titlelike}{fg=white}
\defbeamertemplate*{title page}{myCustom}[1][]{
\vfill
\hbox{
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.4\paperwidth}
\vspace*{0pt}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{title}
\usebeamerfont{title}\inserttitle
\ifx\insertsubtitle\@empty
\else
\vskip0.25em
{\usebeamerfont{subtitle}\usebeamercolor[fg]{subtitle}\insertsubtitle}
\fi
\end{beamercolorbox}
\end{minipage}%
\begin{minipage}[t]{0.6\paperwidth}
\vspace*{0pt}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{author}
\usebeamerfont{author}\insertauthor
\end{beamercolorbox}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{institute}
\usebeamerfont{institute}\insertinstitute
\end{beamercolorbox}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=0.4\paperwidth,sep=8pt,left,#1]{date}
\usebeamerfont{date}\insertdate
\end{beamercolorbox}
\ifx\inserttitlegraphic\@empty
\else
\vskip0.25em
{\usebeamercolor[fg]{titlegraphic}\inserttitlegraphic}
\fi
\end{minipage}
}
\vskip0pt
}

@asia1281 No; in fact, beamer internally uses minipages to build some of its environments (\beamerboxesrounded, for example); there's no problem using minipages. – Gonzalo Medina Aug 17 '12 at 18:44