Title in box in Beamer presentation

1)How to put the title on the titlepage in Beamer to a block of a desired color? Similarly like in themes Warsaw, Berlin... 2)How to control space between author and date? \vspace seems does not work.

1) I use this

\title[TITLE]{TITLE\\[1em]
\includegraphics[height=4cm]{logo}\\[1em]}
\subtitle{\textbf{Subtitle}}


But I want teh box only around TITLE . How can I do this?

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You can redefine the title page template and introduce the necessary modifications for the layout; this redefinition is needed since both the title and the subtitle are, by deafult, inside the same beamercolorbox so simply redefining the title beamer color would produce a box around both title and subtitle (which is not wanted here):

\documentclass{beamer}

\title{TITLE}
\titlegraphic{\includegraphics[height=4cm]{cat}}
\subtitle{\textbf{Subtitle}}
\author{Author}

\setbeamercolor{title}{bg=orange,fg=white}

\makeatletter
\setbeamertemplate{title page}
{
\vbox{}
\vfill
\begin{centering}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{title}
\usebeamerfont{title}\inserttitle
\end{beamercolorbox}
\setbeamercolor{title}{bg=white,fg=structure}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{title}
{\usebeamercolor[fg]{titlegraphic}\inserttitlegraphic\par}
\ifx\insertsubtitle\@empty%
\else%
\vskip0.25em%
{\usebeamerfont{subtitle}\usebeamercolor[fg]{subtitle}\insertsubtitle\par}%
\fi%
\end{beamercolorbox}%
\vskip1em\par
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{author}
\usebeamerfont{author}\insertauthor
\end{beamercolorbox}
\vskip-1em\par % change here
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{institute}
\usebeamerfont{institute}\insertinstitute
\end{beamercolorbox}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{date}
\usebeamerfont{date}\insertdate
\end{beamercolorbox}\vskip0.5em
\end{centering}
\vfill
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\end{document}


Notice that now there's no need to use \title[TITLE]{TITLE\includegraphics{...}} but now you can simply use \title{TITLE} and \titlegraphic{\includegraphics[]{}}. Of course, feel free to make the necessary adjutments according to your particular needs (yo can play with the lengths in the \vskip commands to adjust vertical spacing).

As requested in a comment, to have a colored box around only the subtitle, the necessary modifications are the following:

\documentclass{beamer}

\title{TITLE}
\titlegraphic{\includegraphics[height=4cm]{cat}}
\subtitle{\textbf{Subtitle}}
\author{Author}

\makeatletter
\setbeamertemplate{title page}
{
\vbox{}
\vfill
\begin{centering}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{title}
\usebeamerfont{title}\inserttitle
\end{beamercolorbox}
{\usebeamercolor[fg]{titlegraphic}\inserttitlegraphic\par}
\ifx\insertsubtitle\@empty%
\else%
\vskip0.25em%
\setbeamercolor{title}{bg=orange,fg=white}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{title}
{\usebeamerfont{subtitle}\usebeamercolor[fg]{subtitle}\insertsubtitle\par}%
\fi%
\end{beamercolorbox}%
\vskip1em\par
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{author}
\usebeamerfont{author}\insertauthor
\end{beamercolorbox}
\vskip-1em\par % change here
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{institute}
\usebeamerfont{institute}\insertinstitute
\end{beamercolorbox}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{date}
\usebeamerfont{date}\insertdate
\end{beamercolorbox}\vskip0.5em
\end{centering}
\vfill
}
\makeatother

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\end{document}


With a new request, here's the code to change at will the width of the box used for the subtitle; change the length used for \subtitwd (initially set to 4cm) according to your needs:

\documentclass{beamer}

\newlength\subtitwd
\setlength\subtitwd{4cm}% change the width here

\makeatletter
\setbeamertemplate{title page}
{
\vbox{}
\vfill
\begin{centering}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{title}
\usebeamerfont{title}\inserttitle
\end{beamercolorbox}
{\usebeamercolor[fg]{titlegraphic}\inserttitlegraphic\par}
\ifx\insertsubtitle\@empty%
\else%
\vskip0.25em%
\setbeamercolor{title}{bg=orange,fg=white}
\vbox{%
\hfill\begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=\subtitwd,sep=8pt,center]{title}
{\usebeamerfont{subtitle}\usebeamercolor[fg]{subtitle}\insertsubtitle\par}%
\end{beamercolorbox}\hfill\null%
}%
\fi%
\vskip1em\par
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{author}
\usebeamerfont{author}\insertauthor
\end{beamercolorbox}
\vskip-1em\par % change here
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{institute}
\usebeamerfont{institute}\insertinstitute
\end{beamercolorbox}
\begin{beamercolorbox}[sep=8pt,center]{date}
\usebeamerfont{date}\insertdate
\end{beamercolorbox}\vskip0.5em
\end{centering}
\vfill
}
\makeatother

\title{TITLE}
\titlegraphic{\includegraphics[height=4cm]{cat}}
\subtitle{\textbf{Subtitle}}
\author{Author}

\begin{document}

\maketitle

\end{document}


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I modified the question above. –  Laura Aug 24 '12 at 21:30
@Laura Ah, OK. Give me some minutes ;-) –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 24 '12 at 21:31
By the way. I'm glad you put the sample here. At least I can show you which line I still have in my mind. So I would like to get rid of the symbols situated on the bottom on the right side in your example above. –  Laura Aug 24 '12 at 21:57
@Laura but those are the navigation symbols! Simply use \setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}`. By the way, I updated my answer with a solution to the original problems. –  Gonzalo Medina Aug 24 '12 at 22:00
Great, it was really navigation symbols. –  Laura Aug 24 '12 at 22:13