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I have a illustration in Adobe Illustrator that I'm trying to export as an SVG file and add to my map layout using the Print Composer of QGIS 1.7.3.

When I add the image, I get strange artifacts that aren't in the Illustrator version. I tried a few different version of SVG in the Save As dialog, but they all end up generating the strange artifact.

What version of SVG should I be saving my images with? Any particular options I should use/avoid?

The orange block/white dots pattern below is the weird artifact:

svg artifact in qgis

Here are the Save As options for SVG in Illustrator CS 3:

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Probably not helpful, but good luck with SVG and Illustrator. Adobe doesn't really love SVG format and has made it pretty difficult for people trying to use it. – Igor Brejc Feb 6 '12 at 18:09
Do you think I'd be better off trying something like Inkscape to export SVG? – Brian Kelly Feb 6 '12 at 18:40
I'd say "yes". Inkscape is much more SVG standard-compliant, at least from my experience: – Igor Brejc Feb 6 '12 at 18:45

Inkscape is definitely the best alternative. And it's a pleasure to work with. I have generated hundreds of svg icons for QGIS based on SJJB icons (and contributed a few icons to SJJB icons). I find the resulting hiking map great. The rendering works the same for icons and inserted images in print layout. One caveat though: export in vector pdf gives incorrect results for a minority of my symbols (but this is not related to inkscape: non-svg drawings have the same issue). This is just to warn you: when testing, try exporting in raster (pdf or image), it may be a qgis bug instead of a svg bug.

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