I am trying to design a beautiful map using QGIS. There is a similar question here Seeking QGIS tutorials and web resources? but I would like to focus on "designing a map using QGIS".
I was looking for some tools, style database or tutorials to guide me. How to use label classes, expressions, and annotations? helped me a lot and OSM seems to look great: 1, 2. However I need to use my own shapefiles. Also there is Quantumnik. It could be a great help, however it prints map on another tab and I need it to be on the same with my QGIS project.
I am looking for a way to design a beautiful looking road map using basic QGIS tools, any resources on that?