I am developing a very simple beamer theme from scratch. Just a few additions to the default. I am putting all color/font/inner/outer stuff into one file beamerthemeBlabla.sty:



    \useasboundingbox (0,0) rectangle(\the\paperwidth,.8);
    \draw[color=blue,thick,rounded corners=8pt]
      (0,.6) -- (12.45,.6) -- (12.45,0);
    \node[color=mygray,text width=1cm] at (1.3,.3)
    \node[color=mygray,align=right] at (12,.3)

\defbeamertemplate*{title page}{}[1][]


Which is then used in a presentation starting with


I get exactly the footline I want for regular slides. However, I need a different footline for the title page. Since I fail to understand the setbeamertemplate/defbeamertemplate mechanism, I have no clue.

Furthermore, I would also like to have a minimalistic footline on "plain" slides. Is that possible, or does it categorically conflict with the definition of "plain" style?


1 Answer 1


Different footline:

  <code for standard slides>
  <code for title page>

From what I know (which is likely not too much) plain frames can't have footline, but you can \defbeamertemplate* a "my plain frame" and \usebeamertemplate***{my plain frame} in a frame which has the option [plain].

  • Thank you. A valid answer (similar to tex.stackexchange.com/a/163897/34503) to the specific question I asked. However, I would prefer a more generalizable solution based on kind of template element inheritance.
    – Joachim W
    Commented Oct 10, 2014 at 12:26

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