I have a macro taken from this question that places a logo on all frames following \placelogotrue and on no frame following \placelogofalse. It largely works as intended, but it causes headline and foodline of the frames with the logo to be slightly shifted to the left, leaving some spurious whitespace (compare the upper image footline with the lower image headline in the pictures below):

frame with logo frame without logo

Here's the code to reproduce:

% !TeX program = lualatex

% graphics

% TikZ/PGF

% customization of beamer style
\setbeamertemplate{bibliography item}{}
\setbeamertemplate{navigation symbols}{}

% define logo

% define custom headline
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=2.5ex,dp=1.125ex]{section in head/foot}%
        \hbox to .5\paperwidth{\hfil\insertsectionhead\hfil}
    \begin{beamercolorbox}[wd=.5\paperwidth,ht=2.5ex,dp=1.125ex]{subsection in head/foot}%
        \hbox to .5\paperwidth{\hfil\insertsubsectionhead\hfil}





Why is that? I would have expected \pgfputat not to alter spacing on the frame at all...

I'm compiling with LuaLaTeX Version 1.12.0 (TeX Live 2020) on Arch Linux.

2 Answers 2


Lets explore it by trial and error (Unfortunately I couldn't find the problem). First if we replace the \pgfbox[right,base]{\includegraphics[height=7mm]{example-image-a}} with a space then same problem appears but without that space it is fine:

\logo{\ifplacelogo\pgfputat{\pgfxy(-0.1,7.72)}{ }\fi}%

enter image description here

The output of the following code (\pgfputat{ }) is also similar to the above image:

\logo{\ifplacelogo\pgfputat{ }{}\fi}%

If we insert logo directly by \includegraphic then the situation will get worse:


enter image description here

One can also fix this white space by inserting \hspace{-0.5mm} before \pgfbox or \pgfxy:


or using \makebox[0pt][r]{} instead of \pgfbox


See also this post for \llap and \rlap and this (not completely related) post.


Replace the \logo command by


I didn't check the source of the problem, which is probably related to \pgfbox.

enter image description here

  • FYI: rlap can be used if the logo is on the left. llap and rlap create boxes of zero width and place their content to the left and right of it, respectively, overlapping anything that's already there.
    – Betohaku
    Feb 24, 2021 at 16:01

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