Note-taking: basic knowledge of beamer

Predictably, I will use beamer (a LaTeX document class ) for creating slides for presentations more often in the future. Therefore, I spend some time to collect the basic knowledge of beamer for later use.

1. Build-in themes

Beamer is a LaTeX document class for creating slides for presentations[1]. Load the beamer package and use a build-in theme with the following codes:

% The beamer package is loaded by calling the beamer class:

% use a built-in theme such as Warsaw

% specify a color theme, like beaver

Theme Matrix contains the various theme (listed in 1.1) and color (listed in 1.2) combinations.

CTAN: beamer doc shows how themes and color themes look with pdf.

Beamer theme gallery also shows how themes with default color theme look.

1.1 The full list of themes

Many of themes are named after cities (e.g. Frankfurt, Madrid, Berlin, etc.). Here is the full list of themes[2]:

  • Antibes
  • Bergen
  • Berkeley
  • Berlin
  • Copenhagen
  • Darmstadt
  • Dresden
  • Frankfurt
  • Goettingen
  • Hannover
  • Ilmenau
  • JuanLesPins
  • Luebeck
  • Madrid
  • Malmoe
  • Marburg
  • Montpellier
  • PaloAlto
  • Pittsburgh
  • Rochester
  • Singapore
  • Szeged
  • Warsaw
  • boxes
  • default
  • CambridgeUS

1.2 Color themes

Color themes are typically named after animal names. The full list of color themes is[2]:

  • default
  • albatross
  • beaver
  • beetle
  • crane
  • dolphin
  • dove
  • fly
  • lily
  • orchid
  • rose
  • seagull
  • seahorse
  • whale
  • wolverine

2. The title slide

Please refer to the blog Beamer application notes: a title page.

3. The last slide

4. More info

The beamer project is hosted on Bitbucket:

CTAN: Beamer: A LaTeX class for producing presentations

A Guide to Using Beamer by Michelle Cylwa: pdf

The beamer class User Guide for version 3.36: pdf

[1]Wikipedia: Beamer (LaTeX)
[2]WIKIBOOKS: LaTeX/Presentations




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