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QGIS Map Design - Second Edition

by Anita Graser and Gretchen N. Peterson

With new and updated workflows for QGIS 3.4+!

QGIS Map Design by Anita Graser and Gretchen N. Peterson - book cover

PDF $34.99
210 pages
ISBN (Print) 978-0998547749
ISBN (PDF) 978-1734464351
Published 2018-11-20 

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Learn how to use QGIS 3 to take your cartographic products to the highest level.

QGIS 3.4 opens up exciting new possibilities for creating beautiful and compelling maps!

Building on the first edition, the authors take you step-by-step through the process of using the latest map design tools and techniques in QGIS 3. With numerous new map designs and completely overhauled workflows, this second edition brings you up to speed with current cartographic technology and trends.

See how QGIS continues to surpass the cartographic capabilities of 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 launch into the next generation of map design!

You can provide feedback on the book's discussion page.


  • Layer Styling
    • Applying Graduated Symbol Sizes
    • Creating Shapeburst Fills
    • Designing Choropleths
    • Mapping Economy and Income Using Bivariate Choropleths
    • Customizing SVG Files for Color Control
    • Highlighting Areas with Inverted Polygons
    • Creating Shiny Maps with Color Blending
    • Working With Scale
    • Generating Cloudy Masks
    • Styling Road Maps
    • Designing a Value by Alpha Map
    • Visualizing Global Connections
    • Illuminating Contours Tanaka-Style
  • Labeling
    • Configuring Label Expressions and Leader Lines
    • Text Buffering and Label Placement Options
    • Designing Label Hierarchies
    • Creating Multi-Attribute Labels and Spatial Filters
    • Placing Labels by Hand
    • Creating Data-defined Labeling for Road Maps
    • Handling Long Label Text Using Substitution
    • Creating Curved Area Labels
    • Configuring Advanced Halos
    • Mastering Rule-based Labels and Project Variables
  • Print Map Design
    • Learning Layout Basics with the Seattle Coffee Map
    • Customizing Legends
    • Adding a Gradient Legend
    • Mixing Different CRS in One Layout
    • Adding Overview Maps and Graticules
    • Generating Map Series with Atlas
    • Designing Infographics
    • Creating Dynamic Masks and Small Multiples
    • Mastering Rotated Maps
    • Creating Automated Reports
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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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