I think the attached slide used the following beamer settings:

\usetheme[]{Frankfurt}   % or berlin
\usecolortheme{beaver}  % red color

However, I have several questions:

  1. How to customize the foot-line to: Topic + Author (email) + Institute + Page Number?

  2. How to make the background colour of the logo matching the beamer colour theme?

My institute logo is a JPG file and the background colour is white. If the beamer theme colour is NOT white, then an area of white colour will appear in the title.

I think SVG file will solve this problem, but latex does not support this format. If we convert the SVG file to jpg/png format, the white background colour will appear again! How to figure this out?

Update: including logo in pdf format solves the problem 2.

enter image description here

  • How are you introducing the author's e-mail? How exactly do you want the information in the footline to be presented (just one box containing all the info or separated boxes for the author, title, date)? Commented Mar 27, 2014 at 19:17

1 Answer 1

  1. I defined a footline template inspired by the one used by the infolines outer theme, containing the required fields. The new template is called myfootline and you activate it by using


    The code:

    \usecolortheme{beaver}  % red color
      \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{title in head/foot}%
        \usebeamerfont{title in head/foot}\insertshorttitle
      \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,center]{title in head/foot}%
        \usebeamerfont{author in head/foot}\insertshortauthor\expandafter\beamer@ifempty\expandafter{\beamer@shortinstitute}{}{~~\insertshortinstitute}
      \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.333333\paperwidth,ht=2.25ex,dp=1ex,right]{title in head/foot}%
        \usebeamerfont{date in head/foot}\insertshortdate{}\hspace*{2em}
        \insertframenumber{} / \inserttotalframenumber\hspace*{2ex} 
    \title{The title}
    \author[The author ([email protected])]{The author \\\href{mailto:[email protected]}{[email protected]}}
    \institute{The Institution}
    \section{A test section}
    \frametitle{A test frame title}

    enter image description here

    And a close-up to the footline:

    enter image description here

    Since the footline now has too much information, perhaps you'll need to adjust the width of the beamercolorboxes used in the template.

  2. As for question 2, I think it is not really on-topic here since it concerns a problem related to specifics of image formats manipulation and not to (La)TeX itself. However, in our sister site Graphic Design you can find some answers to this question; see, for example Add transparency to an existing PNG or Making the background of an image transparent.

  • @KOF You're welcome! I did a minor edit to my answer (using \href for the author's e-mail). Commented Mar 28, 2014 at 13:20
  • Using the pdf-format logo solves the problem 2 :)
    – KOF
    Commented Mar 29, 2014 at 19:05

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