I have a presentation that uses the theme Dresden with color theme beaver. Everything works fine, except for the name of the institute in the footer of the slides, which appears white on a very light grey background, making it basically impossible to read.

  1. How can I change its color?
  2. Why isn't the color changed automatically like, for example, the color of the author name in the footer?

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Add the following line to your preamble, replacing your_color by a relevant color name

\setbeamercolor{institute in head/foot}{fg=your_color}

The original definition is:

\setbeamercolor{institute in head/foot}{parent=palette tertiary}

With beaver theme color defined as:

\setbeamercolor*{palette tertiary}{bg=darkred!80!black,fg=gray!10!white}

That explains why the font color appears fast white....

  • Thanks! So I guess that the "author" fields have a different palette? Dec 20, 2012 at 10:50
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    Yes, check the content of files like beamercolorthemedefault.sty and beamercolorthemebeaver.sty Dec 20, 2012 at 12:00

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