# How do I generate a title in beamerposter?

I am trying to generate a title for my poster using beamerposter and it seems to be unnecessarily difficult.

In the following example code, the usage of maketitle causes a full-page title, while I am just looking for something towards the top and center-aligned.

\documentclass[final]{beamer}
\mode<presentation>
{
\usetheme{default}
}
\usepackage{type1cm}
\usepackage{calc}
\usepackage{times}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsthm, amssymb, latexsym}
\boldmath
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage[orientation=landscape,size=custom,width=101.6,height=76.2,scale=1,debug]{beamerposter}
\usepackage[absolute,overlay]{textpos}
\title{My Awesome Paper Title}
\author{Merlin2011}
\institute{FooBar University}
\date{June 6, 2014}
\begin{document}
\begin{frame}
\maketitle
\end{frame}
\end{document}


How can I generate a simple title for my poster without eating up the whole page?

• It is strange to make a poster using beamer since you will not create more than one frame. – Sigur Jun 5 '14 at 0:29
• @Sigur, The beamerposter package was recommended here and I am trying to learn how to use it. – merlin2011 Jun 5 '14 at 0:31
• @Sigur I've used beamerposter for a few posters so far; it seems to work well for the task. When you think about it, it's the same idea most Office users go for—a Powerpoint with only one gigantic slide. – Sean Allred Jun 5 '14 at 1:06
• If you look at example.tex it uses several block environments in a single frame with columns. It specifies \title but does not use \maketitle. I would try basing your own poster on the sample poster and see if that works better since the example basically seems to be the documentation. – cfr Jun 5 '14 at 1:24
• If you are still starting, may be you want to consider tikzposter. It's documented and uses maketitle. Some examples in this file – Ignasi Jun 5 '14 at 6:28

This is an attempt. Remove thr block environment if you don't want it. Note the skills mentioned in the comment provided by @cfr are the commomly seen skills since a poster is usually over sized and those approaches will be easy to design the layout and debugging.

Update: This update includes the columns and column environments. A total of 3 columns was demonstrated here. Left column and R column (which has R1 and R2 columns) and thus 0.28\paperwidth, which is adjustable, is used. Often time, the begin and end column(s) are the main sources of errors when working on beamerposter IMHO.

Code

\documentclass[final]{beamer}
\mode<presentation>
{
\usetheme{default}
}
\usepackage{type1cm}
\usepackage{calc}
\usepackage{times,lipsum}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsthm, amssymb, latexsym}
\boldmath
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage[orientation=landscape,size=custom,width=101.6,height=76.2,scale=1,debug]{beamerposter}
\usepackage[absolute,overlay]{textpos}
\setbeamersize{sidebar width left=0.6cm}
\setbeamersize{sidebar width right=0.6cm}

%  Title, date and authors of the poster
\title{My Awesome Paper Title}
\author{Merlin2011}
\institute{FooBar University}
\date{June 6, 2014}
%==the poster content
\begin{document}      %--the poster is one beamer frame, so we have to start with:
\begin{frame}[t]      %--to separate the poster in columns we can use the columns environment
\setbeamercolor{block title}{fg=blue,bg=orange!70}%frame color
\setbeamercolor{block body}{fg=black,bg=orange!30}%body color
\begin{block}
{\centering \Huge {My Awesome Paper Title}}
\begin{center}
\Large{
Merlin2011 \\
FooBar University\\
\today}
\end{center}
\end{block}
\begin{columns}                    % outermost column wrapping all columns
\begin{column}{0.28\paperwidth}    % first Left column
Left column ----
\lipsum[2]
\end{column}
\begin{column}{0.6\paperwidth}     % 2nd big R column that contains two R1 and R2 columns
\begin{columns}[t,totalwidth=0.6\paperwidth]
\begin{column}{0.28\paperwidth}    % R1 column
R1 column ----
\lipsum[2]
\end{column}
\begin{column}{0.28\paperwidth}    % R2 column
R2 column ---
\lipsum[2]
\end{column}
\end{columns}                      % end of 2nd big R column
\end{column}
\end{columns}                      % outermost column wrapping all columns
\end{frame}
\end{document}


Code:

\documentclass[final]{beamer}
\mode<presentation>
{
\usetheme{default}
}
\usepackage{type1cm}
\usepackage{calc}
\usepackage{times}
\usepackage{amsmath,amsthm, amssymb, latexsym}
\boldmath
\usepackage[english]{babel}
\usepackage[latin1]{inputenc}
\usepackage[orientation=landscape,size=custom,width=101.6,height=76.2,scale=1,debug]{beamerposter}
\usepackage[absolute,overlay]{textpos}
\setbeamersize{sidebar width left=0.6cm}
\setbeamersize{sidebar width right=0.6cm}

%  Title, date and authors of the poster
\title{My Awesome Paper Title}
\author{Merlin2011}
\institute{FooBar University}
\date{June 6, 2014}
%==the poster content
\begin{document}      %--the poster is one beamer frame, so we have to start with:
\begin{frame}[t]      %--to separate the poster in columns we can use the columns environment
\setbeamercolor{block title}{fg=blue,bg=orange!70} %frame color
\setbeamercolor{block body}{fg=black,bg=orange!30} %body color
\begin{block}         % <----
{\centering \Huge {My Awesome Paper Title}}
\begin{center}
%\Huge {My Awesome Paper Title}\\
\Large{
Merlin2011 \\
FooBar University\\
\today}
\end{center}
\end{block}           % <---

\end{frame}
\end{document}

• I'm new to latex, but it looks like you write the title contents twice, both in the \title{..} and later, creating a block that contains stuff you've formatted to look like the title? What do you use the \title{..} (and \author{..} etc) for? – Sveltely Jun 6 '14 at 5:28
• Oh, the first set is to show on the outer frame at the bottom (ie., beamer default, a total of 3 section in blue, hard to see though). The second set is on the top for the title. – Jesse Jun 6 '14 at 6:47

You need to generate the title area as the headline of a frame. If you look at the examples here https://github.com/deselaers/latex-beamerposter, you'll find that each complete example includes a custom .sty file, in which the headline template is defined. This seems to be the way to do it.

• Maybe adding one of the examples would be more helpful. – egreg Oct 14 '14 at 20:16