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This guide explains how to produce dynamic headers, where the current section is highlighted.

But how can I control the color used for highlighting? (to save space I've set the header's font size to a small value, so I would like to add some contrast to make it more clear in what section of the talk we are).

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If I understood your question correctly, here's a possible solution; I added a colored framed around the section titles in the both the general ToC and in the ToCs generated at the beginning of each section:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetheme{Malmoe}

\newcommand\sectioncolor{white}

\newcommand\SectionBox[1]{%
  \tikz\node[rectangle,fill=\sectioncolor,rounded corners] {#1};
}

\AtBeginSection{%
  \setbeamercolor{section in toc}{fg=black,bg=\sectioncolor}
  \begin{frame}<beamer>
  \frametitle{Outline \thesection}
  \tableofcontents[currentsection,subsectionstyle=show/show/shaded]
  \end{frame}
}

\setbeamertemplate{section in toc shaded}[default][7]

\makeatletter
\long\def\beamer@section[#1]#2{%
  \beamer@savemode%
  \mode<all>%
  \ifbeamer@inlecture
    \refstepcounter{section}%
      \renewcommand\sectioncolor{%
      \ifcase\value{section}\or blue!20\or green!80!black\or red!80!black!50\or yellow!30!black!50\else orange!30!black!50\fi}
    \beamer@ifempty{#2}%
    {\long\def\secname{#1}\long\def\lastsection{#1}}%
    {\global\advance\beamer@tocsectionnumber by 1\relax%
      \long\def\secname{#2}%
      \long\def\lastsection{#1}%
      \addtocontents{toc}{\protect\beamer@sectionintoc{\the\c@section}%
        {\protect\tikz\protect\node[rectangle,fill=\sectioncolor,rounded corners] {#2};}%
        {\the\c@page}{\the\c@part}%
        {\the\beamer@tocsectionnumber}}}%
    {\let\\=\relax\xdef\sectionlink{{Navigation\the\c@page}{\noexpand\secname}}}%
    \beamer@tempcount=\c@page\advance\beamer@tempcount by -1%
    \beamer@ifempty{#1}{}{%
      \addtocontents{nav}{\protect\headcommand{\protect\sectionentry{\the\c@section}{#1}{\the\c@page}{\secname}{\the\c@part}}}%
      \addtocontents{nav}{\protect\headcommand{\protect\beamer@sectionpages{\the\beamer@sectionstartpage}{\the\beamer@tempcount}}}%
      \addtocontents{nav}{\protect\headcommand{\protect\beamer@subsectionpages{\the\beamer@subsectionstartpage}{\the\beamer@tempcount}}}%
    }%
    \beamer@sectionstartpage=\c@page%
    \beamer@subsectionstartpage=\c@page%
    \def\insertsection{\expandafter\hyperlink\sectionlink}%
    \def\insertsubsection{}%
    \def\insertsubsubsection{}%
    \def\insertsectionhead{\hyperlink{Navigation\the\c@page}{#1}}%
    \def\insertsubsectionhead{}%
    \def\insertsubsubsectionhead{}%
    \def\lastsubsection{}%
    \Hy@writebookmark{\the\c@section}{\secname}{Outline\the\c@part.\the\c@section}{2}{toc}%
    \hyper@anchorstart{Outline\the\c@part.\the\c@section}\hyper@anchorend%
    \beamer@ifempty{#2}{\beamer@atbeginsections}{\beamer@atbeginsection}%
  \fi%
  \beamer@resumemode}%
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\frametitle{General Outline}
\tableofcontents
\end{frame}

\section{Test Section One}
\subsection{Test Subsection One One}
\begin{frame}test one\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection One Two}
\begin{frame}test one\end{frame}

\section{Test Section Two}
\subsection{Test Subsection Two One}
\begin{frame}test one\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection Two Two}
\begin{frame}test one\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection Two Three}
\begin{frame}test one\end{frame}

\section{Test Section Three}
\subsection{Test Subsection Three One}
\begin{frame}test one\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection Three Two}
\begin{frame}test one\end{frame}

\end{document}

The general ToC:

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Two of the ToCs at the beginning of sections:

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Since the modification is required for the sections in the navigation bar and not in the ToCs as I initially thought, the solution is much easier: all that is requierd is to redefine the templates section in head/foot (for the current section) and section in head/foot shaded (for sections different from the current one). In the following example I used a colored frame for the current section, but you can use any other style you like:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetheme{Singapore}

\definecolor{SectionBox}{RGB}{60,160,0}

\setbeamertemplate{section in head/foot}{\hfill\protect\tikz\protect\node[rectangle,fill=SectionBox!90,rounded corners=1pt,inner sep=1pt,] {\textcolor{white}{\insertsectionhead}};}
\setbeamertemplate{section in head/foot shaded}{\textcolor{structure!40}{\hfill\insertsectionhead}}


\begin{document}

\section{Test Section One}
\subsection{Test Subsection One One}
\begin{frame}test section one\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection One Two}
\begin{frame}test section  one\end{frame}

\section{Test Section Two}
\subsection{Test Subsection Two One}
\begin{frame}test section  two\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection Two Two}
\begin{frame}test section  two\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection Two Three}
\begin{frame}test  section  two\end{frame}

\section{Test Section Three}
\subsection{Test Subsection Three One}
\begin{frame}test section  three\end{frame}
\subsection{Test Subsection Three Two}
\begin{frame}test section  three\end{frame}

\end{document}

Some images of some of the headlines:

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Thanks. Sadly my question was not clearly formulated it seems. I meant in the header. For example, the part that in your example is now white on black background ("text section two") I wanted red on black background. –  user1933 Aug 23 '12 at 7:54
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@user1933 Then perhaps you should edit the title of your question and dellete \tableofcontents[] to remove ambiguity. In some time I will then give you a possible solution for the sections in the navigation bar. –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 23 '12 at 12:14
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@user1933 I updated my answer providing a possible solution for the sections in the navigation bar. Although now it's not necessary, I will leave the other part of the answer (the one with the modifications to the ToCs) here since it can be useful, if that's OK with you. –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 23 '12 at 14:12
    
yes! Thanks. I could also repost a specific question for table of content, to host the first part of your answer there if you so wish: just let me know. –  user1933 Aug 23 '12 at 14:26
    
@user1933 You're welcome! Hmm, I don't know what to do about the possibility of opening the other question. Maybe not? I think it's not really necessary; thanks, anyway. –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 23 '12 at 14:43

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