Some background: LaTeX is a typesetting tool used to layout documents. Beamer is a package for LaTeX that helps make nice looking slides and posters. Recently Philippe Dreuw devised a very nice way to make really slick posters using LaTeX and Beamer. These posters are a great way to demonstrate your work at presentations and conferences.

I’ve been making posters this way sine my friend introduced me to them. He and I spent time figuring things out, and I wanted to share! Below you’ll find a simple to use template for making posters as well as examples and some how-to’s that will help you make posters like this one I made for an up-coming conference in Alaska!

[pdf of this poster]

First, you’ll need to install LaTeX and the Beamer class. Next, download the zip file below which has some style files as well as a sample tex file.

Hopefully you’ll be able to compile the project without any trouble. Be sure to use PDFLaTeX and compile directly to pdf. Using regular latex and creating dvi files will often cause problems with beamer. (Also, I only have .png files in the zip file… you need .eps files if you use standard LaTeX) You should get a final result like this:

## Changing the Logo

Unless you’re also a Georgia Tech student, you may want to change the logo displayed. This should be really simple. Replace the file logo.png with the logo of your choice. Try to find a large, high-resolution version of your logo so that it looks good even when printed out large. Also, try to find a logo with a black background.

## Fixing the Spacing

The beamer poster will automatically line up the boxes and make things look nice, but sometimes you’ll want to do fine-scale adjustments of the spacing. One reason for this may be to make the bottoms of the columns line up. Try using the command

\vspace{1pt}

You can use any number, positive or negative. This works great to stretch or squeeze information on your poster.

## Left and Right Footer

I added some stuff to the theme file beamerthemeLankton.sty so that it is easy to access the footer from the .tex file. By defining


## Improvements

If you use this and make any changes or improvements I’d love to hear about it. Don’t be scared to open the file beamerthemeLankton.sty. It is very simple to change the colors and the sizes of text. Good luck, and happy poster-making!

NOTE: You may also be interested in making Beamer slide presentations.

## 11 thoughts on “LaTeX Beamer Poster Theme and Template”

1. Nice layout for the poster – I wish that beamer had been around when I was making presentations and posters as a postgraduate student!

If you have the time and knowledge then some blog entries about creating new themes would be very helpful for people. I have experimented with changing some of the elements but the beamer user guide would’ve been great in my opinion if it had given some examples of creating a new theme.

2. Shuya says:

Hi,
I am a new user of beamerposter and glad to know this blog. Just a quick question. Do you know how to change the logo under usetheme{Dreuw}? Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
Shuya

3. max says:

Shawn, thank you so much for making a this template and style file that are so readable and understandable. I like your existing layout, and even more importantly, the clarity of your source text makes tweaking it very easy. You put an end to my frustration, and I really appreciate it!

– Max

4. Rosie says:

Hello,
What a nice poster template! Is it possible to change the colour of the text and title bars?
Thanks!

5. Bonsoir,
je souhaiterais télécharger le fichier zip de ce poster malheureusement il m’indique que le fichier est corrompu.
quelqu’un pourrais-t-il m’aider svp a l’obtenir
merci

6. Good evening,
sorry, I post in french, I reiterated my question
I would like to download the zip file of this poster, unfortunately it tells me that the file is corrupted.
thank you

7. A. says:

Hey! Thanks so much for this post! This is my first time making poster, and you’ve been of great help! Thanks again =)

8. Anna says:

Hello!
Thanks a lot for the readable and easy-to-change style file! I have a simple improvement regarding inserting Theorems, Remarks, etc.

Add the following commands to either your template or the .sty file:
\newtheorem{thm}{Theorem}
\newtheorem{rem}{Remark}
\newtheorem{myrule}{Rule}
\newtheorem{cor}{Corollary}
\newtheorem{prop}[thm]{Proposition}
\newtheorem{lem}[thm]{Lemma}
\newtheorem{my_def}{Definition}
\newtheorem{algorithm}{Algorithm}

With the current settings, when you insert a theorem environment, it puts it in a new block. If this is not what you want, here is what you add (preferably) to your style file:

\setbeamertemplate{theorem begin}{{
\inserttheoremname
\inserttheoremnumber