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QGIS Map Design

by Anita Graser and Gretchen N. Peterson

PDF $30.99
200 pages
ISBN 978-0989421751
Published 2016-03-01

Learn how to use QGIS to take your cartographic products to the highest level.

With step-by-step instructions for creating the most modern print map designs seen in any instructional materials to-date, this book covers everything from basic styling and labeling to advanced techniques like illuminated contours and dynamic masking.

See how QGIS is rapidly surpassing the cartographic capabilities of any other geoware available today with its data-driven overrides, flexible expression functions, multitudinous color tools, blend modes, and atlasing capabilities. A prior familiarity with basic QGIS capabilities is assumed. All example data and project files are included.

Written by two of the leading experts in the realm of open source mapping, Anita and Gretchen are experienced authors who pour their wealth of knowledge into the book.

Get ready to bump up your mapping experience!

Be sure to download the Project and data files for the book (URL can be found in Getting Started).

Sample Chapter: Mapping Economies Using GDP Choropleths or Scaled Symbols

QGIS Map Design - Errata


  • Styling Layers
    • Hillshade, Contour Lines & Hypsometric Tinting
    • Graduated Symbol Sizes
    • Choropleth Map
    • Custom SVGs
    • Shapeburst Fill Effects
    • Highlighting Areas
    • Bivariate Choropleth
    • Color Blending
    • Styling OSM Roads Like Google Maps
    • Value-by-Alpha Maps
    • Data­-defined Styling: Color Ramp Expressions
    • Visualizing Global Connections
    • Illuminated Contours
  • Labeling
    • Labels for Curvy Lines
    • Labeling Only Features with Certain Attribute Values
    • Text Buffers
    • Multi-line Labels
    • Typecase & Letter Spacing
    • Hand­-placed Labels
    • Data­-defined Labeling Expressions & Merging Connected to Avoid Duplicates
    • Label Priority
    • Curved Area Labels
  • Print Layouts
    • Layout Basics
    • Customized Legends
    • Adding a Gradient Legend
    • Aesthetic Scalebars
    • Graticules
    • Overview Maps
    • Working with Scale
    • Attribute Tables
    • Map Series with Atlas
    • Infographics
    • Dynamic Masks for Small Multiples

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Anita Graser in an expert in spatial data science for mobility and transport applications. She graduated with an MSc in Information Technology specializing in Geomatics in 2010 and received her PhD in Applied Geoinformatics from the University of Salzburg in 2021. Since 2007, she works in applied research at the AIT, focusing on spatial analysis of transport and movement data.

Anita currently teaches at UNIGIS Salzburg, serves on the project steering committees of the open-source projects QGIS and MobilityDB, and is the lead developer of the open-source software library MovingPandas. She is an internationally sought-after speaker, has published more than 40 scientific articles, and several books.

In 2020, she was awarded the international OSGeo Sol Katz award for her contributions to open-source geographic information systems as well as the national Futurezone Women in Tech Award.

Gretchen Peterson is the founder and principal of PetersonGIS. Her work focuses on cartographic innovation; enterprise-level, global vector tile basemaps; and geographic data analysis and visualization for natural resources management issues.

Consulting since 2003, she has helped over 30 clients, some for more than a decade, from Fortune 500 companies to small non-profits to local, regional, and federal government organizations to better the world and visualize it meaningfully.

For clients like Microsoft, Wikimedia Foundation, Facebook, and Maxar she creates world-scale zoomable maps. For clients like Colorado State University, the Hood Canal Coordinating Council, and Save the Poudre she makes maps that help conserve our natural resources.

She is also the author of City Maps, Cartographer's Toolkit, GIS Cartography 3rd Edition, and co-author of QGIS Map Design 2nd edition.

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