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The book is mostly meets by the Title Page. Default TeX \maketitle are simple and minimalistic.

I'm looking for examples of Title Pages:

  • complex - have different formatting;
  • beautiful and awesome;
  • available online;
  • and, finally!, with TeX sources available.

I think such examples would be a great inspiration and motivation stuff!

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The document »Some Examples of Title Pages« might be helpful here. –  Thorsten Donig Dec 7 '12 at 9:25
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I think Thorsten Donig's comment makes a good answer and I'd vote it up. –  Christian Lindig Dec 7 '12 at 10:57
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Similar: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/17579/… –  mythealias Dec 7 '12 at 11:12
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@ChristianLindig: Here you are. –  Thorsten Donig Dec 7 '12 at 17:17
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I believe that if you want this to be really a showcase, it should be a Community Wiki question. –  tohecz Dec 7 '12 at 17:20
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In answer to the question Creating a titlepage, Harish Kumar and azetina provided the following nice title page:

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\documentclass[12pt,demo]{report} %% Remove demo in your file.
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{lipsum}% Used for dummy text.
\definecolor{titlepagecolor}{cmyk}{1,.60,0,.40}
\definecolor{namecolor}{cmyk}{1,.50,0,.10} 
%-----------------------------------------------------------------
\begin{document}
% ----------------------------------------------------------------
\begin{titlepage}
\newgeometry{left=7.5cm} %defines the geometry for the titlepage
\pagecolor{titlepagecolor}
\noindent
\includegraphics[width=2cm]{logo.jpg}\\[-1em]
\color{white}
\makebox[0pt][l]{\rule{1.3\textwidth}{1pt}}
\par
\noindent
\textbf{\textsf{UniversitätsKlinikum}} \textcolor{namecolor}{\textsf{Heidelberg}}
\vfill
\noindent
{\huge \textsf{Handbuch 1.3}}
\vskip\baselineskip
\noindent
\textsf{August 2008}
\end{titlepage}
\restoregeometry % restores the geometry
\nopagecolor% Use this to restore the color pages to white
% ----------------------------------------------------------------
\lipsum[1-9]
\end{document}

Here is another example:

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\documentclass[letterpaper]{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[some]{background}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\definecolor{titlepagecolor}{cmyk}{1,.60,0,.40}

\backgroundsetup{
scale=1,
angle=0,
opacity=1,
contents={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
 \path [fill=titlepagecolor] (current page.west)rectangle (current page.north east); 
 \draw [color=white, very thick] (5,0)--(5,0.5\paperheight);
\end{tikzpicture}}
}

\makeatletter                   
\def\printauthor{%                  
    {\large \@author}}          
\makeatother

\author{%
    Author 1 name \\
    Department name \\
    \texttt{email1@example.com}\vspace{40pt} \\
    Author 2 name \\
    Department name \\
    \texttt{email2@example.com}
    }

\begin{document}

\begin{titlepage}
\BgThispage
\newgeometry{left=1cm,right=6cm,bottom=2cm}
\vspace*{0.4\textheight}
\noindent
\textcolor{white}{\Huge\textbf{\textsf{Hardy's Theorem}}}
\vspace*{2cm}\par
\noindent
\begin{minipage}{0.35\linewidth}
    \begin{flushright}
        \printauthor
    \end{flushright}
\end{minipage} \hspace{15pt}
%
\begin{minipage}{0.02\linewidth}
    \rule{1pt}{175pt}
\end{minipage} \hspace{-10pt}
%
\begin{minipage}{0.63\linewidth}
\vspace{5pt}
    \begin{abstract} 
An abstract is a brief summary of a research article, thesis, review, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a particular subject or discipline, and is often used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper's purpose. When used, an abstract always appears at the beginning of a manuscript, acting as the point-of-entry for any given scientific paper or patent application. Abstracting and indexing services for various academic disciplines are aimed at compiling a body of literature for that particular subject.
    \end{abstract}
\end{minipage}
\end{titlepage}
\restoregeometry
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}

Yet another flavor:

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\documentclass[letterpaper]{article}
\usepackage{geometry}
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage[some]{background}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\definecolor{titlepagecolor}{cmyk}{1,.60,0,.40}

\DeclareFixedFont{\bigsf}{T1}{phv}{b}{n}{1.5cm}

\backgroundsetup{
scale=1,
angle=0,
opacity=1,
contents={\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
 \path [fill=titlepagecolor] (-0.5\paperwidth,5) rectangle (0.5\paperwidth,10);  
\end{tikzpicture}}
}
\makeatletter                       
\def\printauthor{%                  
    {\large \@author}}              
\makeatother
\author{%
    Author 1 name \\
    Department name \\
    \texttt{email1@example.com}\vspace{40pt} \\
    Author 2 name \\
    Department name \\
    \texttt{email2@example.com}
    }
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\BgThispage
\newgeometry{left=1cm,right=4cm}
\vspace*{2cm}
\noindent
\textcolor{white}{\bigsf Hardy's Theorem}
\vspace*{2.5cm}\par
\noindent
\begin{minipage}{0.35\linewidth}
    \begin{flushright}
        \printauthor
    \end{flushright}
\end{minipage} \hspace{15pt}
%
\begin{minipage}{0.02\linewidth}
    \rule{1pt}{175pt}
\end{minipage} \hspace{-10pt}
%
\begin{minipage}{0.6\linewidth}
\vspace{5pt}
    \begin{abstract} 
An abstract is a brief summary of a research article, thesis, review, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a particular subject or discipline, and is often used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper's purpose. When used, an abstract always appears at the beginning of a manuscript, acting as the point-of-entry for any given scientific paper or patent application. Abstracting and indexing services for various academic disciplines are aimed at compiling a body of literature for that particular subject.
    \end{abstract}
\end{minipage}
\end{titlepage}
\restoregeometry
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}

Yet another example (using code from Trying to do graphical decorations in "ClassicThesis style"):

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\documentclass[letterpaper]{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{epigraph}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\renewcommand\epigraphflush{flushright}
\renewcommand\epigraphsize{\normalsize}
\setlength\epigraphwidth{0.7\textwidth}

\definecolor{titlepagecolor}{cmyk}{1,.60,0,.40}

\DeclareFixedFont{\titlefont}{T1}{ppl}{b}{it}{0.5in}

\makeatletter                       
\def\printauthor{%                  
    {\large \@author}}              
\makeatother
\author{%
    Author 1 name \\
    Department name \\
    \texttt{email1@example.com}\vspace{20pt} \\
    Author 2 name \\
    Department name \\
    \texttt{email2@example.com}
    }

% The following code is borrowed from: http://tex.stackexchange.com/a/86310/10898

\newcommand\titlepagedecoration{%
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay,shorten >= -10pt]

\coordinate (aux1) at ([yshift=-15pt]current page.north east);
\coordinate (aux2) at ([yshift=-410pt]current page.north east);
\coordinate (aux3) at ([xshift=-4.5cm]current page.north east);
\coordinate (aux4) at ([yshift=-150pt]current page.north east);

\begin{scope}[titlepagecolor!40,line width=12pt,rounded corners=12pt]
\draw
  (aux1) -- coordinate (a)
  ++(225:5) --
  ++(-45:5.1) coordinate (b);
\draw[shorten <= -10pt]
  (aux3) --
  (a) --
  (aux1);
\draw[opacity=0.6,titlepagecolor,shorten <= -10pt]
  (b) --
  ++(225:2.2) --
  ++(-45:2.2);
\end{scope}
\draw[titlepagecolor,line width=8pt,rounded corners=8pt,shorten <= -10pt]
  (aux4) --
  ++(225:0.8) --
  ++(-45:0.8);
\begin{scope}[titlepagecolor!70,line width=6pt,rounded corners=8pt]
\draw[shorten <= -10pt]
  (aux2) --
  ++(225:3) coordinate[pos=0.45] (c) --
  ++(-45:3.1);
\draw
  (aux2) --
  (c) --
  ++(135:2.5) --
  ++(45:2.5) --
  ++(-45:2.5) coordinate[pos=0.3] (d);   
\draw 
  (d) -- +(45:1);
\end{scope}
\end{tikzpicture}%
}

\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}

\noindent
\titlefont Hardy's Theorem\par
\epigraph{Pure mathematics is on the whole distinctly more useful than applied. For what is useful above all is technique, and mathematical technique is taught mainly through pure mathematics.}%
{\textit{London 1941}\\ \textsc{G. H. Hardy}}
\null\vfill
\vspace*{1cm}
\noindent
\hfill
\begin{minipage}{0.35\linewidth}
    \begin{flushright}
        \printauthor
    \end{flushright}
\end{minipage}
%
\begin{minipage}{0.02\linewidth}
    \rule{1pt}{125pt}
\end{minipage}
\titlepagedecoration
\end{titlepage}
\lipsum[1-2]
\end{document}

You can find other examples at: http://www.latextemplates.com/cat/title-pages

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For the first template: I have a question. The texts starts right from the next page of the cover/title page. How can I keep a blank page and a page for 'Acknowledgement' just after the cover page? –  Ome Mar 9 at 21:03
    
@Ome Take a look at this post: tex.stackexchange.com/q/25838/10898 –  azetina Mar 9 at 22:53
    
@azetina do you know why I get \backgroundsetup undefined sequence even though I have background.sty? Does it require a newer version? –  elaRosca Jun 16 at 17:34
    
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I find the titlepages of the ConTeXt manuals to be visually very pleasing. A few of them involve randomized elements. The source for some of the manuals is available at this svn mirror.

(Click on the images to see a bigger version)

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At the beginning that was overwhelming to see but thanks for the smaller previews. –  azetina Dec 8 '12 at 0:13
    
To me, these look more like covers than title pages, but they awesome nonetheless. –  Ipsen Dec 8 '12 at 10:04
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The question LaTeX3 and pauper's coffins discusses various ways to implement a famous title page by Tschichold in LaTeX:

The picture above shows the various relationships that this design implements (the arrows are overlayed on a picture of the original).

The implementation (using expl3's coffin concepts) is given in Is there no easier way to float objects and set margins?. The LaTeX3 reimplementation then gives this (without trying to use exactly the same fonts):

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This is an example derived from the document »Some Examples of Title Pages«. It is not the most spectacular one but should be a good starting point.

\documentclass[11pt]{report}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}

\newlength{\drop}

\begin{document}
  \begin{titlepage}
    \drop=0.1\textheight
    \centering
    \vspace*{\baselineskip}
    \rule{\textwidth}{1.6pt}\vspace*{-\baselineskip}\vspace*{2pt}
    \rule{\textwidth}{0.4pt}\\[\baselineskip]
    {\LARGE CONUNDRUMS\\ AND \\[0.3\baselineskip] PUZZLES}\\[0.2\baselineskip]
    \rule{\textwidth}{0.4pt}\vspace*{-\baselineskip}\vspace{3.2pt}
    \rule{\textwidth}{1.6pt}\\[\baselineskip]
    \scshape
    Selected and Expanded Papers from the Organisation Working Conference on \\
    Enigmas \\
    Location, date from--to\par
    \vspace*{2\baselineskip}
    Edited by \\[\baselineskip]
    {\Large FIRST EDITOR \\ SECOND EDITOR \\ THIRD EDITOR\par}
    {\itshape Organisation \\ Address\par}
    \vfill
    {\scshape year} \\
    {\large THE PUBLISHER}\par
  \end{titlepage}
\end{document}

In opposite to the document I did not define a command but simply put the necessary code into a titlepage environment.

The appendix Section A of the document has important information about all necessary stuff for creating the title pages.


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A standard installation should have this document accessible via texdoc titlepages. –  GTK Dec 8 '12 at 0:38
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My humble contribution- I made this for the, 'Program Review' that we have at our college. The background image it uses can be found here, but of course you'll probably want to insert your own :)

The code uses the tcolorbox and eso-pic packages.

screenshot

% arara: pdflatex
% !arara: indent: {overwrite: yes}
\documentclass{article}
\usepackage[margin=0.5cm,bottom=2cm]{geometry}
\usepackage{kpfonts}
\usepackage{eso-pic}                
\usepackage{tcolorbox}

\tcbuselibrary{skins}

\tcbset{
    pccstyle/.style={
        enhanced,flushright upper,
        boxrule=1.4pt,
        colback=white,colframe=black!50!yellow,
        drop fuzzy midday shadow=black!50!yellow
    }
}

\AddToShipoutPicture{% from package eso-pic: put something to the background
    \AtPageCenter{% start the bar at the bottom right of the page
        \put(-\LenToUnit{.465\paperwidth},-\LenToUnit{.4\paperheight}){% move it to the middle
            %{\transparent{.5}{\includegraphics[width=20cm]{50th_mathematicsproof}}}
            \begin{tcolorbox}[pccstyle,left=0mm,top=0mm,bottom=0mm]
                \includegraphics[width=20cm]{50th_mathematicsproof}
            \end{tcolorbox}
        }%
    }%
    \AtPageLowerLeft{% start the bar at the bottom right of the page
        \put(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperwidth-3cm},0){% move it to the top right
            \color{blue}\rule{3cm}{\LenToUnit\paperheight}%
        }%
        \put(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperwidth-2.7cm},\LenToUnit{17cm}){% move it to the top right
            \color{gray}\scalebox{8}{$\sum$}
        }%
        \put(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperwidth-2.5cm},\LenToUnit{12.5cm}){% move it to the top right
            \color{gray}\scalebox{8}{$\int$}
        }%
        \put(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperwidth-2.3cm},\LenToUnit{8.5cm}){% move it to the top right
            \color{gray}\scalebox{8}{$e$}
        }%
        \put(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperwidth-2.7cm},\LenToUnit{5.0cm}){% move it to the top right
            \color{gray}\scalebox{8}{$\pi$}
        }%
        \put(\LenToUnit{\dimexpr\paperwidth-2.2cm},\LenToUnit{1.5cm}){% move it to the top right
            \color{gray}\scalebox{8}{$i$}
        }%
    }%
}

\pagestyle{empty}
\begin{document}

\vspace*{1cm}
\mbox{}\hfill\scalebox{2}{
    \begin{tcolorbox}[pccstyle,width=6.8cm]
        {\bfseries\LARGE {Program Review} \par}
        {\large \itshape Mathematics \par}
        {\large Portland Community College }
    \end{tcolorbox}
}

\vfill
\centering

\scalebox{2}{%
    \begin{tcolorbox}[pccstyle,width=4.8cm]
        {\scshape Fall 2008--Spring 2013}
    \end{tcolorbox}
}
\end{document}
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I have few examples to show. You can download these from Here, Here, Here, and Here. These are originally Peter Wilson's titlepage examples that I have changed the examples little to work with xepersian package to typeset Persian documents.

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It would be nice if you could insert a picture so people can view it without having to upload a zip file and unzip it. –  Marc van Dongen Dec 8 '12 at 10:04
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