I recently had to persuade a fellow student that you can create beautiful presentations with LaTeX and beamer. Luckily, I already had some examples. But I'm sure that there are better presentations, not necesarily done with beamer but with TeX and related systems. I remembered that I saw some beautiful examples in other questions. So I would like to get a persuasive list of presentations so that I can simply send people who are in doubt about the power of TeX to these answers.

Which beautiful presentations done with TeX and related systems do you know?

Please add

  • at least one screenshot (I guess one of the title page and an example page with width 300px would be good),
  • a link to the complete source code (if possible)
  • and a link to the rendered PDF (when you like, I could add it to my examples on GitHub)
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    LaTeX + beamer is not always the best choice for presentations. There are other options we well......for example ConTeXt :)
    – Aditya
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 19:17
  • @Aditya yes, I was thinking exactly the same since this question was opened. It would be nice to have a showcase of beautiful presentations, not necessarily done using beamer. Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 19:21
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    Look at the files ending with -s.pdf at Pragma Ade's website. I use ConTeXt for most my presentations as well (see here). In general, it is much easier for me to get the look that I want with ConTeXt than with LaTeX + beamer.
    – Aditya
    Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 19:23
  • @Aditya and Gonzalo Medina: I've changed the title. I wasn't aware of other LaTeX-like possibilities to produce presentations. I know that you can create astonishing presentations with impressive.js, but that would be off-topic for this site. Commented Mar 28, 2013 at 19:26
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    would it be ok to also share links where beamer themes can be downloaded like this?
    – d-cmst
    Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 7:47

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LaTeX beamer

I've written a short introduction to LaTeX beamer.

Here are some better themes that the standard ones (thanks dcmst).

English language course

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  • Source (Not complete, as my university doesn't allow me to publish the theme :-/ )
  • Rendered PDF

Tutorial for programming

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  • Source: Currently not available, I'm sorry
  • Rendered PDF
  • What's nice in this presentation: Source code was saved included only by giving a path to the source file.

ICPC Presentation

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  • Source
  • Logo was created with instacode
  • What's nice in this presentation:
  • The visualization of the graph algorithms are done with TikZ
  • Four people could work simultaneously on the presentation with no overhead
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    @MarcvanDongen: The idea was to give a template for answers that others could use: A title (e.g. Context), perhaps some links that give introductions to pages how you can create presentations with the package (Context, beamer or what else there might be), screenshots that show how it could look like, links to rendered PDFs to get a more detailed impression and perhaps a hint why people might want to try the certainly more complex TeX* approach than just simply using Powerpoint. Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 19:58
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    Also, this allows me to send this question and answer to people who ask me "Why don't we just use Powerpoint for our presentation?" Commented Mar 30, 2013 at 19:59
  • @MartinThoma Links to github don't work. Can you fix?
    – user4035
    Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 11:04
  • @user4035 The PDF of ICPC is not online anymore (I want to make the repository not too big - if you know a good place where I could upload the PDF let me know). However, I fixed the link to the source. Thanks for mentioning it! Commented Feb 28, 2016 at 11:43
  • @MartinThoma What theme does your "Tutorial for Programming" use? I'm most interested in linking to code files, that seems very very useful. Commented Oct 5, 2018 at 17:57

Sometimes I give presentations at local PechaKucha events. Pecha Kucha is a form of presentation with strict rules: you have 20 slides and every slide appears for exact 20 seconds.

Unfortuntely they use PowerPoint. So I create my slides in LaTeX, convert the single pdf-pages into png-files and use them pictures as fullscreen pictures in a PowerPoint presentation.

Doing that I follow the rules I talked about when answering this question: Make beamer not look like beamer

Most important rule: you are the presentation - the presentation should be useless without your talk.

Here are some of the slides from my last PK-presentation:

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  • Do you mind to share your sources ? I would be interested in them. Commented Jun 30, 2015 at 7:40
  • Impressive. Would also appreciate to have a look at the source files.
    – s__C
    Commented Oct 30, 2015 at 9:58
  • Sorry, forgot to answer. The presentation is about making fun of a political flyer I found in my letterbox. I'm afraid the source doesn't look that impressive. It is just positioning of pics and textboxes and some commercial fonts. I'm not sure about the copyright of the pictures. Would you accept, if I put the sources without any pics in my dropbox? Could also provide a link to a presentation video so you'll have an impression how the finished presentation was supposed to look even if you don't have the pics. Commented Nov 4, 2015 at 10:34
  • @schmendrich of course, just the source would be more than fine.
    – s__C
    Commented Nov 15, 2015 at 10:42
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    The source without the images: dropbox.com/s/k09phec4uvmf73z/PK_source.zip?dl=0 and a video of the presentation: dropbox.com/s/cpggdl32bfcp0ru/… Commented Nov 19, 2015 at 9:32

Currently I'm working on my own XeLaTeX Beamer Template. It isn't finished yet, especially the colortheme has to be overworked. My goal was to make it as minimalistic as possible without losing to much information like the section name and the page counter.

Here are some screens (from an example presentation):

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You can get the source code and all previews from github.


Simple Theme

I have been working on a simple and minimal theme for beamer. It is a work in progress which is hosted here.




I am not focusing on making a theme which is suitable for everyone. Personally, I think that it is not possible to make a "one fits all theme". I am keeping the main theme quite minimal. It just provides a background (light, dark and white variants) and a color scheme for fonts. The idea is to keep focus on content and presentation style. The theme should get out of the way. Instead, I am trying to make some presentation tools which can be used (choice is with user) along with the theme to make a good presentation. This will be more clear if you look at some examples in sample presentation.

The code is by no means the most efficient or optimized. I am still learning as I write more and more code (I borrow ideas and code heavily from StackExchange community - Thanks folks!). I'll be adding more generic commands to it as and when I get new ideas. Meanwhile, any ideas or suggestions are most welcome.

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    a small comment: you don't need graphicx or xcolor with beamer Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 14:22
  • Ah, I didn't know that. I have removed them now. Thanks.
    – Adarsh
    Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 14:30
  • You're welcome! Its a nice theme! Commented Aug 9, 2017 at 14:32

elsdoc-screen.pdf, the slides that accompany the elsarticle package, are quite stunning imo. They're not on CTAN (there's another beautiful A4 doc that uses grid, I think), you can find them on River Valley's wiki, together with the A4 version. There's also the source for the A4, but not for the presentation, I've mailed them a request for it and I'll post it here if I can.

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This presentation I've found on a related question uses the pdfscreen package (of which existence Ignasi here below made me aware). A photograph by Ansel Adams is so sure-shot for a beautiful title page it's almost cheap.

Jean-luc Doumont, author of Trees, maps, and theorems, has a few presentation on his site. This is one I found interesting (and quite beautiful):
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I guess the title will draw some attention :-) You can find it here.

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    Just a guess. They are probably done with some tool similar to pdfscreen authored by CV Radhakrishnan from River Valley Technologies
    – Ignasi
    Commented Jun 16, 2015 at 10:52

You may find useful my Programming-Languages course, with about 1000 frames, all done in beamer. Source is available upon request.

There are just too many things to show. You can start with this, which is the full book (185 pages) generated with the article mode:


Here is a not so trivial animation showing the mark and sweep algorithm: enter image description here

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    You should at least post two screenshots: One of the title page and one of any page you like within the presentation. Like that, your answer becomes useless when the link is dead. Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 14:58
  • Will try to embed an animation. Any tips?
    – Yossi Gil
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 15:13
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    The links to file on Dropbox are dead. Consider fixing the link or deleting the post. Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 14:01
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    You may have put the files on Google Drive, but you haven't changed the URLs in the post. Commented Oct 2, 2016 at 9:05
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    @YossiGil, you forgot to post the link you mentioned (to the Google Drive). Everybody are eager to see it :-) Commented Feb 28, 2017 at 1:48

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