An example: how to create a slides presentation using LaTeX

This directory contains template files that show how to build a slides presentation using LaTeX and the seminar package.

All the LaTeX components (style files, fonts) not present here may be downloaded from the CTAN web sites, e.g. the UK CTAN archive or the the German CTAN archive.

The class files have been slightly modified for the version of the pstricks package that comes with teTeX 3.0.

The files in this directory are:

For a real set of slides produced using a document class closely related to the above one , have a look to the about 200 slides used for a course I did for the local PhD School in Physics in 1999 (PDF).

How to use MLOslides.cls

  1. Put a line \documentclass[options]{MLOslides} as class declaration for your document; options is a list of, well, options to be passed to the seminar package: e.g., you may want to use something like:


  2. Insert after the \documentclass line the statements declaring additional packages you may want to load: e.g.


  3. The class MLOslides defines the following new commands and environments:

  4. calor.tex is an example file of the above instructions; if you have all the packages required, just type "make" to generate; and type "make calor.pdf" to generate calor.pdf


Usually I do not like to include background pictures (the so called watermarks) in my slides; in my opinion they make these slides too crowded and, so, harder to understand. But, since my students with stubbornness insist to use them, I have included a small example file watermark.tex. The background image used is the seal of our University, scanned in black and white and edited with the GIMP in order to convert the black to a gray97 shade: it is included using the picture LaTeX environment (that allows absolute placement on the page); its X- and Y-coordinates have been determined experimentally (and are different for portrait- and landscape-oriented slides). The commands "make" and "make watermark.pdf" generate the PostScript and the Portable Document Format output.

Another example: slides for CMS at CERN

The file CMSslides.cls is an example style file that shows how to create a presentation using the seminar and fancyhdr packages; the file cms.tex uses that style file to generate these PostScript and Portable Document Format outputs. The University of Padova seal is the same used to generate the watermark image of the previous example, without the conversion of the black pixels to gray tones.

Another example: an University of Padova and INFN slides class

The file UNINFN.cls is a small variation on the previous class file; the header includes the seals of the University of Padova, and of the Italian Agency for Research in Physics (INFN). The file uisample.tex uses that class to generate these PostScript and Portable Document Format outputs.

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