# Creating a background image on the title page only using Beamer

I am attempting to construct a Beamer presentation and I'm experiencing some difficulty. While I can insert a background image on the title slide using a "global setting", I don't want it to appear on every subsequent slide. Every subsequent slide (including the navigation/menu slide) should have a completely blue background with text of a currently undetermined color. Any help would be appreciated.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usetheme{Antibes}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tikz}

% \setbeamercolor{normal text}{fg=yellow}

\setbeamercolor{frametitle}{bg={}}
\title[...]{My title}

\usebackgroundtemplate{\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth, height=\paperheight]{08171830.jpg}}
\date{}

\begin{document}

\AtBeginSection[]
{
\usebackgroundtemplate{}
\begin{frame}
\setbeamertemplate{background canvas}[default]
\frametitle{Outline}
\tableofcontents[currentsection]
\end{frame}
}

\begin{frame}
\titlepage

\end{frame}

\section{Introduction}

\usebackgroundtemplate{}
\begin{frame}{History}
This is a test page!
\end{frame}

\end{document}

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With \setbeamertemplate{title page}{...} you can modify the title page without effecting global setting.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usetheme{Antibes}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tikz}

\pgfdeclareimage[width=\paperwidth]{mybackground}{back.pdf}

\setbeamertemplate{title page}{

\begin{picture}(0,0)

\put(-30,-163){%
\pgfuseimage{mybackground}
}

\put(0,-110.7){%
\begin{minipage}[b][45mm][t]{226mm}
\usebeamerfont{title}{\inserttitle\par}
\end{minipage}
}

\end{picture}

}

\title[...]{My title}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}[plain]
\titlepage
\end{frame}

\section{Introduction}

\begin{frame}{History}
This is a test page!
\end{frame}

\end{document}


• Using \usebackgroundtemplate{} just before \begin{frame} worked for me. Mar 27, 2016 at 6:26
• @Hirak If you have an alternative solution, please consider positing it as an answer, more people will see it. Mar 27, 2016 at 10:02
• @Hirak: that puts it on every slide, not? Jun 15, 2016 at 15:44
• The answer from @user43791 is better: it adds a background as a new layer while preserving the title-slide template. This solution discards printing of subtitles, authors, dates, and overrides the Beamer template's title-slide formatting. Aug 4 at 13:21

Enclosing \usebackgroundtemplate by { ... } applies the command within the scope. Place your title page frame within the scope like so:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usetheme{Antibes}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tikz}

\title[...]{My title}
\begin{document}
{
\usebackgroundtemplate{\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth]{back.pdf}}
\begin{frame}
\titlepage
\end{frame}
}

\begin{frame}{History}
This is a test page!
\end{frame}

\end{document}


Beamer version 3.40

I had success with using \setbeamertemplate{background}{...}. Note the use of the encompassing braces seen after the /title line. This serves to limit the background image to just the title slide.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usetheme{Antibes}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}

\title[...]{My title}

{
\setbeamertemplate{background}{\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth]{back.pdf}}

\begin{frame}
\titlepage
\end{frame}
}

\begin{frame}{History}
This is a test page!
\end{frame}

\end{document}