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http://desktop.arcgis.com/en/arcmap/10.3/map/styles-and-symbols/working-with-color-ramps.htm Using the above link and the colour picker in Photoshop to obtain the high and low colour RGB values, I was able to achieve the style of DEM that I posted.
The eye dropper tool works wonders if you don't know what the color is but want to figure it out. http://www.esri.com/esri-news/arcwatch/1214/finding-colors-on-maps-is-easy-using-the-eye-dropper-tool The trick in your case is that there is an underlying hillshade that is interacting with the colors. I'd pick a low elevation and a high elevation with ...
Did you used option resolution in the build VRT menu? One possible reason is that your TIFF have pyramids. Check under Layer properties - Pyramids: if you have small pyramids icons in yellow (see pic bellow). If you do have it then when you create VRT Qgis automatically switches to lower resolution - performance. As pyramids are made by Nearest Neighbor - ...
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