# How to customize my titlepage?

The standard titlepage is quite simple. I am looking for a very complex titlepage and need help customizing my title page.
It should match the classicthesis doctoral thesis template

Below a minimal working example:

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,footinclude=true,twoside,headinclude=true]{scrbook}
\XeTeXinputencoding iso-8859-1
\usepackage[marginparsep=8pt,left=3.5cm,right=3.5cm,top=3cm,bottom=3cm]{geometry}
\usepackage[parts,pdfspacing,dottedtoc]{classicthesis}

\frontmatter
\begin{document}

%this is the place to set up my cover sheet.
%*******************************************************
% Abstract
%*******************************************************
%\renewcommand{\abstractname}{Abstract}
\pdfbookmark[1]{Résumé}{Résumé}
\begingroup
\let\clearpage\relax
\let\cleardoublepage\relax
\let\cleardoublepage\relax

\chapter{Résumé}
Résumé de la thèse en français\dots

\vfill

\chapter*{Summary}
Résumé de la thèse en anglais\dots

\endgroup

\vfill

\end{document}

• What is flyleaf? Can you extend your question? – Johannes_B Nov 1 '14 at 9:03
• If a flyleaf are the blank pages at the beggining and end this may help. tex.stackexchange.com/questions/188062/… – GuillemB Nov 1 '14 at 9:14
• @domi Please add some more information what exactly you want to have. This could be anything depending on the language you type in, the bookbinder you like, the styles your prof likes... If you mean clear pages to protect the document, just get two pages out of the printer and surround your work on the old fashioned way. If, and I guess that's the case, you want to have a short title in front of the main title, we need information on pagination, duplex or simplex, content, and so on... Thanks! – LaRiFaRi Nov 1 '14 at 11:19
• And of course, the best way to put information like this, is a minimal working example, as all this is dependand of the document class. – Johannes_B Nov 1 '14 at 11:26
• and after the maintenance: A helper puts together a titlepage like you linked, and then starts the hard part: »I'd rather have this differently.«; »Can you make that italic instead of bold?«; Please make up your mind and ask »I want this, and exactly this; can somebody help me achieve it?«. – Johannes_B Nov 1 '14 at 17:58

The titlepage is one of the first pages of a book or thesis. This page contains only the title in a fashion similar to the rest of the text within the book.

That is what Wikipedia tells us, now we have a perspective to follow, the titlepage should match the appearance of the rest of the book or thesis. Let us look at the standard scrbook titlepage.

\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage[english,french]{babel}
\makeatletter
\makeatother
\subject{Doctoral thesis}
\title{On ducks and their love for dissertations}
\subtitle{A fiction story telling the truth}
\author{domi}
%\extratitle{Stories of ducks}
\uppertitleback{\vspace{3cm}I want to thank Scrooge MacDuck for his financial Support}
\date{}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\frontmatter
\maketitle

\tableofcontents
Résumé de la thèse en français\dots
\blindtext
\vfill

\selectlanguage{english}
\fakechap{Summary}
Résumé de la thèse en anglais\dots
\blindtext
\vfill

\selectlanguage{french}
\end{document}}


Command \maketitle places the predefined elements on the first page. If you want, you can change the font using the usual \addtokomafont-mechanism.

There are more elements available, e.g. \publishers, \titlehead and \extratitle. Additional elements are only typeset if they have been define by the user with some argument. In other words, no space is reserved just in case.

Book classes do not provide an abstract environment as it is usual for books to have a whole chapter to sum up the contents. I defined a \fakechap command to have both on the same page and look alike. To be honest, it is a bit of a hack, a chapter should be of its own. Please note the difference in using \addchap. If you are interested, you can find out more at How to use unnumbered chapters with KOMA-script?.

What happens if we are using \extratitle to the above MWE?
An additional pair of pages has been generated in the very beginning. Seems to be a strange location for a title. This is a fact of history, as books didn't have a hard cover a while back. This extra title protected the book from dirt. It is also called a bastard title.

Default option for book classes is the start of new chapters on odd (right hand) pages. That means for us, we get a blank page between title and the first chapter. If we set \uppertitleback we can place a thanks note, or something else. You can even use spaces if you need to customize a little bit.

But who decided where the elements set with \title, \author and co are placed? It is the author of the class. In the case of KOMA-script it was Markus Kohm. That brings us to our next question:

# How can I design my own titlepage?

Relatively simple, as LaTeX is a macro language to place boxes. It is like having a huge lego set and put pieces together until satisfied with the solution.

As we now want to do the titlepage with our own hands, we don't call \maketitle that would do the default stuff. Since we don't use \maketitle we don't need to set the fields for it. No need for \title{this is the title} et al. If you are using \maketitle together with the titlepage-environment, you are doing something wrong.

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
Dixie dancing ducks

A story of love, hate and fame
\end{titlepage}
\chapter{Summary}
\blindtext
\end{document}


Not very pleasing to the eye. We forgot to use the right pieces to modify it. Some tweaks lead us to this:

\documentclass{report}
\usepackage{blindtext}
%\usepackage{showframe}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\vspace*{9em}{\centering\Huge\usefont{T1}{qzc}{m}{it}
Dixie dancing ducks\par}
\vspace{1em}
{\hfill\itshape A story of love, hate and fame}
\clearpage
\vspace*{\fill}\hfill   \parbox{.4\textwidth}{
\raggedleft
\scriptsize Delilah was a sad duck with a dream, being a
Dixie dancer some day. She wasn't the best looking duck
in town but she never cared about superficial things.
Practicing a lot she finally became a professional Dixie
dancer. She even fell in love. Will Delilah overcome the
infamy and hate of her \emph{new gained friends}?
}
\end{titlepage}
\chapter{Summary}
\blindtext
\end{document}


Looks much better, but the page number is screwed. Using a KOMA-class can save the day.

Now an example that might be used as a cover for a thesis. Using the addmargin-environment, we can get some asynchronity for the titlepage. Package mwe gives us some dummy pictures, we could use the universities logo instead.

\documentclass{scrreprt}
\usepackage{graphicx}
\begin{document}
\begin{titlepage}
\centering
\hfill\includegraphics[width=2cm]{example-image-1x1}\par
\vspace{4\baselineskip}
{\Huge
Peter Piper picked a peck\\ of pickled peppers\par}
\vspace{4\baselineskip}
by\par
{\Large\textsc{Crazy Capybara}\par}
\vfill
in order to get a fancy degree at\par
{\em The university of applied dice rolling}
\end{titlepage}
\end{document}


A titlepage for a scientific article is also possible. If the journal provides no template, there is mostly no use in bothering to implement their style, they will happily do it for you.

This will be just an example, if you are really working on a titlepage for a journal, take the solid approach as mentioned later on. Al this manual fixing up should not been done twice to get the same output.

\documentclass[twoside,ngerman]{article}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\usepackage{babel}
\usepackage{hyperref}

\begin{document}
\twocolumn[%
\centering
\begin{minipage}{.75\textwidth}
\begin{center}
{\large
Pendulum\par}
presents\par
{\Large The sonic recreation of \\the end of the world\par}
\end{center}
\vspace{\baselineskip}
\setlength{\parskip}{\smallskipamount}
Ladies and gentlemen, We understand that you Have come tonight
To bear witness to the sound Of drum And Bass.

We regret to announce That this is not the case, As instead We
come tonight to bring you The sonic recreation of the end of
the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, Prepare To \dots\par
\rule{7em}{.4pt}\par
Rob Swire, Gareth McGrillen, and Paul
Harding;\par \href{mailto:someone@gmail.com}{Mail the
authors}
\end{minipage}
\vspace{2\baselineskip}
]
\blindtext

\blindtext
\end{document}


A collection of different titlepages that can lead to your very own customized titlepage can be found at Titlepage. I'll also try to collect some titlepages on github.

# How to adjust the title to match classicthesis?

The natural approach to use the rock solid KOMA-interface is impossible, as the author of classicthesis decided to implement things in another way. We would have to put the commands inside the definition, which feels like rape to me, so no example for this. We are back at putting lego pieces together

\documentclass[12pt,a4paper,footinclude=true,twoside,headinclude=true,headings=optiontoheadandtoc]{scrbook}
%\usepackage{geometry}
%\geometry{marginparsep=8pt,left=3.5cm,right=3.5cm,top=3cm,bottom=3cm}
\usepackage[parts,pdfspacing,dottedtoc]{classicthesis}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\makeatletter
\makeatother
\usepackage{blindtext}
\begin{document}
\frontmatter
\begin{titlepage}
\vspace*{7em}
\begin{center}
{\Large \spacedallcaps{is it really worth the trouble?}
\bigbreak}
implemented \LaTeX{} templates \\[2em]
{\scriptsize \spacedlowsmallcaps{The author}}
\end{center}
\end{titlepage}

\tableofcontents
Résumé de la thèse en français\dots
\blindtext[13]
\vfill

\fakechap{Summary}
No, simple as that.
\blindtext
\vfill
\end{document}}


The titlepage looks ok, but---having an up to date TeX installation---we get a huge warning and looking at the next page we are shocked. Our predefined fakechap doesn't match. classicthesis loads package titlesec which is incompatible with KOMA. titlesec adds features to the LaTeX standard classes, memoir has its own way of customizing things, KOMA as well. Some functionality is broken.

# How to make a solid titlepage?

If the layout of the titlepage is fixed by some rules or guidelines of a corporate design, we need to make sure the user doesn't change the appearance. We use the same concept of defining a titlepage, but hide it in a package file (or possibly a class file). Just like the standard classes, we define a set of macros for the user (author, title, degree etc.). The user can input his or her data in the document with no need to care about what is going on in the background and can just call \maketitle. A very basic and non-advanced example:

 \begin{filecontents}{domititlepage.sty}
\ProvidesPackage{domititlepage}[2014/11/03 titlepages domi style]
%There is absolutely no warranty for this demo package
\RequirePackage{etoolbox}
\ifundef{\KOMAClassName}{
memoir. Memoir has its own mechanism of
scrextend'. Aborting now}
\endinput
}{
\typeout{You seem to be using a standard class.
Using package scrextend' for nice
features}
\RequirePackage[extendedfeature=title]{scrextend}
}
\typeout{non-KOMA branch}
}{
\typeout{Using a KOMA class, no need to load package scrextend}
}
\newcommand{\@supervisor}{}
\newcommand{\supervisor}[1]{\gdef\@supervisor{#1}}
\newkomafont{supervisor}{\normalfont\normalsize}
\newcommand{\@degree}{}
\newcommand{\degree}[1]{\gdef\@degree{#1}}
\newkomafont{degree}{\normalfont\normalsize}
\newcommand*{\@thanksnote}{}
\newcommand*{\thanksnote}[1]{\gdef\@thanksnote{#1}}
\newkomafont{thanksnote}{\small\itshape}
\newcommand{\@@thanksnote}{\begin{minipage}{\linewidth}
\usekomafont{thanksnote}\@thanksnote\par\end{minipage}\par}
\renewcommand{\maketitle}{%
\begin{titlepage}
\setlength{\parindent}{\z@}
\setlength{\parskip}{\z@}
\typeout{Typesetting the titlepage}
\vspace{-1em}
\begin{minipage}[t]{\textwidth}
\centering
University for theoretical and applied animal dance in Duckburg\par
\end{minipage}\par
\vspace{7em}
{\LARGE\centering\usefont{T1}{qcs}{b}{n} \@title\par}
\vspace{5em}
{\usekomafont{author}\centering \@author\par}
\vspace{2em}
\ifx\@degree\@empty \else
{\centering\usekomafont{degree}\@degree\par}
\fi
\next@tpage
\ifx\@thanksnote\@empty\hbox{} \else
{\@@thanksnote}
\fi
\vfill
\begin{minipage}{10em}
\raggedright
\usefont{T1}{qcr}{m}{n}
No animals were harmed
during the production of
this printed work\par
\end{minipage}
\end{titlepage}%
}
\end{filecontents}
\documentclass{scrbook}
\usepackage{domititlepage}
\usepackage{blindtext}
\author{Paulo Lee Peterson}
\title{Polka loving Platypus}
%\degree{Master of Stuff}
%\thanksnote{Thanks to Daisy for her support}

\begin{document}
\maketitle
\chapter{Introduction to Polka dancing}
\blindtext
\end{document}


The above uses a little trick to save us time, it writes the contents of the first environment (filecontents) to a new file (called domititlepage.sty), which gives us a solid LaTeX-package the user can load in the preamble.

The heading of this section said something about a solid method, right before the example, i said it is non-advanced. What is going on? We are defining some simple to remember commands like author and degree. As the appearance of the titlepage is given and therefore fixed, it doesn't matter in which order the user types in its data, our \maketitle command takes care of typesetting everything where it is supposed to be according to the guidelines. A few things a kept variable. There is an easy to use interface to set the font of some elements provided by KOMA-scripts font selection features. The user can decide whether he wants to give a thanksnote or leave that out. The package handles this.

Almost all code is hidden from the user, who might be intimidated, hence the user cannot change anything without a bit of effort. This seems to be quite solid, so why is it non advanced? The above is a syntax/language mix-up of TeX, LaTe2eX and maybe a bit of LaTeX3 in the future. This is quite bad style.

# The Rock Solid Method

The author of KOMA-script started a project called titlepage a few years back collecting different titlepages, defining different languages and hence making the titlepages rock solid. The zip folder can be downloaded at the KOMA-project website.

Package titlepage provides a new interface for \maketitle making it possible to give the relevant information in a quite handy key-value-syntax. Not all styles (loaded by \TitlePageStyle{<style>}) support all possible fields.

The thing is though, in order to get the titlepage of your university available with the titlepage package, you need to get in contact with the author of KOMA-script.

%% Copyright (c) 2011 by Markus Kohm <komascript(at)gmx.info>
\documentclass[a4paper,pagesize]{scrbook}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\usepackage[ngerman]{babel}
\usepackage[T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{lmodern}
\usepackage[demo]{graphicx}% remove option demo if you have the logo
\usepackage{xcolor}
\usepackage{titlepage}
\begin{document}
\TitlePageStyle{KIT}
\maketitle[%
mainlogo={\textcolor{red}{%
\includegraphics[width=40mm,height=18.5mm]{KITLogo_RGB}}},%
% is:
title=\textcolor{red}{Titel der Arbeit\\im Stil \texttt{KIT}},%
subject=\textcolor{red}{Klassifizierung der Arbeit},%
author=\textcolor{red}{Markus~Kohm},%
faculty=\textcolor{red}{Fakultät für Informatik},%
chair=\textcolor{red}{%
Institute for Program Structures\\and Data Organization (IPA)},%
\textcolor{red}{Titel Vorname Nachname}},%
referee={\textcolor{red}{Titel Vorname Nachname}\and
\textcolor{red}{Titel Vorname Nachname}},%
duration=\textcolor{red}{XX. Monat 20XX -- XX. Monat 20XX},%
university=\textcolor{red}{\KITlongname},%
homepage=\textcolor{red}{\KITurl}%
]
\end{document}


The Wikibook page on Title Creation, you can find some more examples linked there

• I have no words to tell you my gratitude. I'll try your templates as soon as possible and tell you my impressions. – domi Nov 3 '14 at 18:51
• Please note, that none of the above examples are templates of any kind. They are just simple examples showing how to do stuff by oneself. – Johannes_B Nov 4 '14 at 8:51
• This is the best answer in teh worldz. :) – Paulo Cereda Mar 27 '16 at 16:19

@ Johannes_B : From your above examples, I customize my title page in the following way :

            \documentclass[12pt,a4paper,footinclude=true,twoside,headinclude=true,headings=optiontoheadandtoc]{scrbook}
%\usepackage{geometry}
%\geometry{marginparsep=8pt,left=3.5cm,right=3.5cm,top=3cm,bottom=3cm}
\usepackage[parts,pdfspacing,dottedtoc]{classicthesis}
\usepackage[utf8]{inputenc}
\frontmatter

\begin{document}

%    \manualmark
%    \markboth{\spacedlowsmallcaps{\contentsname}}{\spacedlowsmallcaps{\contentsname}}

\newpage
\begin{titlepage}

\begin{center}
\textsc{\Large Université...}\\[1cm]

École doctorale

Équipe

Centre de Recherche \\[1cm]

\textsc{\Large Title of the thesis}\\[0,75cm]
\endgroup

\textsc{\LARGE Thèse}\\[0,50cm]
\endgroup

Présentée et soutenue publiquement par\\[0,50cm]

\textsc{\large My Name}\\[0,50cm]
\endgroup

Le (day-month-year)\\[0,50cm]

Sous la direction de

\textsc{\large Supervisor's name}\\[1cm]
\endgroup

Pour l’obtention du grade de Docteur en ...\\[1cm]

\textsc{\large Rapporteurs :}\\[0,50cm]
\endgroup

\\[0,50cm]

\textsc{\large Composition du jury :}\\[0,50cm]
\endgroup

\end{center}

\vfill
\end{titlepage}

• Why did i link my own comment? To give you the chance of improving your post. Please do so, or other people looking for help might take it on. Please do not help in distributing wrong code. – Johannes_B Dec 28 '14 at 13:03
• I've just saw the way you have built your own cover page (the link you did). But in France, the first page must be written in the way I indicated above. The difference with your cover page lies in the head titles : I use only one line to underline every title. – domi Dec 29 '14 at 14:16
• I am not talking about the appearance, you can do it the way you wan (or have to do). I am talking about the font-size switches you are not using correctly. – Johannes_B Dec 29 '14 at 19:12
• The classic thesis font size is 11 pt. But I had to modify it in order to make my work fit some academic requirements. – domi Dec 30 '14 at 6:39