# poster-layout: background and boxes

I have to make a poster in latex for an elaboration. I have an idea for the layout of this poster: a corkwall for the background and notepads for the style of the boxes, with little pins. Is it possible to realize my idea? I added a picture how it could look like (it should be in a vertical format). Thanks for help...

## Improved version

You can use tcolorbox to design the notepads; the cork-board is simply an image in the background. In my example below I used the beamer class, but you can use the boxes with a suitable class/package for posters:

The code (since I optionally used the equal height group, the code must be run twice so the heights can be appropriately calculated):

\documentclass[twocolumn]{beamer}
\usepackage[most]{tcolorbox}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\definecolor{mybrown}{RGB}{33,34,28}
\definecolor{myyellow}{RGB}{242,226,149}
\definecolor{mygreen}{RGB}{176,232,145}
\definecolor{myblue}{RGB}{61,139,189}
\definecolor{myorange}{RGB}{245,156,74}
\definecolor{mypurple}{RGB}{230,111,148}
\definecolor{myred}{RGB}{215,80,50}

enhanced,
frame code=empty,
boxsep=0.5cm,
top=0.6cm,
interior code={
(interior.south west) {[rounded corners=1.5cm]--
(interior.south east)} --
(interior.north east) --
(interior.north west) --
cycle;
\fill[#2!80!black]
([shift={(-0.9cm,0.5ex)}]interior.south east) to[out=30,in=-70]
([shift={(-0.55cm,0.7cm)}]interior.south east) to[out=-10,in=220]
([shift={(-0.7ex,0.9cm)}]interior.south east) to[out=250,in=30]
cycle;
\fill[mybrown]
\fill[mybrown!40]
\node[
cylinder,
cylinder uses custom fill,
cylinder end fill=mybrown!60,
cylinder body fill=mybrown,
rotate=115,
minimum width=9pt,
minimum height=16pt
]
at ([shift={(-0.2pt,-9.8pt)}]interior.north) {};
},
#1
}

\setbeamertemplate{background canvas}{%
\includegraphics[width=\paperwidth,height=\paperheight]{corkboard}%
}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
\begin{columns}
\column{.5\textwidth}
Some test text for this block
\column{.5\textwidth}
Some test text for this block and some more text so it's a little longer
\end{columns}

Some test text for this block and some more text so it's a little longer

\end{frame}

\begin{frame}

Some test text for this block and some more text so it's a little longer

\begin{columns}
\column{.5\textwidth}
Some test text for this block and here we add some more words for the notepad so it spans several lines
\column{.5\textwidth}
Some test text for this block and some more text so it's a little longer
\end{columns}

\end{frame}

\end{document}


A simple proof of concept:

The corkboard is just a background image (I used some random image I found at publicdomainpictures.net). The notepads are easily produced using TikZ through a command

\NotePad[<pin angle>]{<color>}{<text>}


The code:

\documentclass[varwidth=100cm,border=30pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\definecolor{mybrown}{RGB}{33,34,28}
\definecolor{myyellow}{RGB}{242,226,149}
\definecolor{mygreen}{RGB}{176,232,145}
\definecolor{myblue}{RGB}{61,139,189}
\definecolor{myorange}{RGB}{245,156,74}
\definecolor{mypurple}{RGB}{230,111,148}
\definecolor{myred}{RGB}{215,80,50}

\begin{tikzpicture}
(0,0) {[rounded corners=1.5cm]--
++(10,0)} --
++(0,10) --
++(-10,0) --
cycle;
\fill[#2!80!black]
(9,0) to[out=30,in=-70]
(9.35,0.75) to[out=-30,in=210]
(10,1) to[out=240,in=30]
(9,0);
\fill[mybrown]
\fill[mybrown!40]
\node[
cylinder,
fill=mybrown,
rotate=#1,
minimum width=10pt,
minimum height=18pt
]
at (5,9.52) {};
\node[text width=9cm,minimum height=8cm] at (5,5)
{#3};
\end{tikzpicture}%
}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}[overlay]
\node {\includegraphics[width=75cm]{corkboard}};
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}

• Thanks @Gonzalo Medina for your this code. This code How can i change each notepad (high and width)? . In case: \documentclass[varwidth=100cm,border=30pt]{standalone} or beamer. Thanks – latexforti Jan 29 '19 at 23:29

This answer is just a little addendum to Gonzalo's wonderful answer. In his tcolorbox solution, Gonzalo proposes to use beamer and its columns environment to distribute NotePad boxes. But when Gonzalo wrote the answer, tcbposter library (from tcolorbox) was not avilable.

Following code shows a NotePad boxes distribution made with tcbposter. Original NotePad definition has been translated from newtcolorbox to tcolorbox-style.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usepackage[most]{tcolorbox}

\definecolor{mybrown}{RGB}{33,34,28}
\definecolor{myyellow}{RGB}{242,226,149}
\definecolor{mygreen}{RGB}{176,232,145}
\definecolor{myblue}{RGB}{61,139,189}
\definecolor{myorange}{RGB}{245,156,74}
\definecolor{mypurple}{RGB}{230,111,148}
\definecolor{myred}{RGB}{215,80,50}

\tcbset{
enhanced,
frame code=empty,
boxsep=0.5cm,
top=0.6cm,
interior code={
(interior.south west) {[rounded corners=1.5cm]--
(interior.south east)} --
(interior.north east) --
(interior.north west) --
cycle;
\fill[#1!80!black]
([shift={(-0.9cm,0.5ex)}]interior.south east) to[out=30,in=-70]
([shift={(-0.55cm,0.7cm)}]interior.south east) to[out=-10,in=220]
([shift={(-0.7ex,0.9cm)}]interior.south east) to[out=250,in=30]
cycle;
\fill[mybrown]
\fill[mybrown!40]
\node[
cylinder,
cylinder uses custom fill,
cylinder end fill=mybrown!60,
cylinder body fill=mybrown,
rotate=115,
minimum width=9pt,
minimum height=16pt
]
at ([shift={(-0.2pt,-9.8pt)}]interior.north) {};
},
}}

\begin{document}
\begin{tcbposter}[%
poster={columns=3, rows=3},
coverage={interior style image=cork-board}
]
\posterbox[NotePad=myyellow]{name=A, column=1, span=2}{Some test text for this block}
\posterbox[NotePad=myblue]{name=B, column=3, rowspan=3}{Some test text for this block}
\posterbox[NotePad=myorange]{name=C, between=A and bottom, span=2}{Some test text for this block}
\posterbox[NotePad=mypurple]{column=2, row=2, span=1.5, rowspan=1.5}{Some test text for this block}
\posterbox[NotePad=mygreen]{at=C.west, xshift=1cm, yshift=-2cm}{Some test text for this block}

\end{tcbposter}

\end{document}