Advanced Label Halos in QGIS 3.x

WHite text with blended and blurred Halos

Well positioned and styled labels shouldn’t need halos, but this isn’t always possible. When you have a lot of labels to add and you’re putting them over raster data you can’t use automatic detection of features between layers.  Manually moving each label can be out of the question if you have thousands, so what do you do? The answer is add to add a halo, allowing the text to become legible even if it is overlying something the same colour.

White text with no halos

However, adding a pure black or white halo to your text isn’t always a good look, even if it does make the text legible. Also in many cases might not even be needed as there is enough contrast with the background. Continue reading “Advanced Label Halos in QGIS 3.x”

3D mapping and bathymetry styling with QGIS 2.18

This is a guest blog from Liam Mason, a spatial analyst with Marine Scotland.  Some of his other data visualisations can be seen on his @marinemaps Twitter account or the Marine Scotland Maps portal maps.marine.gov.scot


[Edit: the tutorial was modified to use the GDAL-based DEM (Terrain Analysis) tools instead of Raster Terrain Analysis]

I love mapping bathymetric data in 3D. It’s almost magical, the ability to draw back the veil of the sea and reveal the mysterious landscapes below.

Yet, it’s remarkably simple to do using QGIS 2.8 or higher.

3D bathymetry map of inner Firth of Forth.
Bathymetry of inner Forth made using QGIS 2.8 and qgis2threejs

Continue reading “3D mapping and bathymetry styling with QGIS 2.18”

Creating a statistical dot density map with QGIS

Dot Density maps:

These maps display the density and distribution of a phenomena over a geographic area. The markers, usually a dot or cross, represent the occurrence or an aggregation of occurrences which are then randomly distributed across distinct regions of the map. Colours can be used to represent different classifications to add an extra dimension to the map.

The example above shows votes to remain (red) and leave (blue) the European Union in the London Boroughs. Each dot represents 100 votes and these have been randomly scattered within each borough to represent the density of votes. Continue reading “Creating a statistical dot density map with QGIS”

Creating a Proportional Symbol map in QGIS 2.18

Creating proportional symbol maps in QGIS is made very easy in QGIS with two main methods for making them. You can use basic Single Symbol style with the  Size Assistant in the Data Defined Override,  or you can use the Graduated style and choose Size as the method of gradation. Below is a set of instructions on how to use either method to create proportional point symbols for your map. Continue reading “Creating a Proportional Symbol map in QGIS 2.18”