I'm making a UK phase 1 vegetation survey map and require to show the dominant plant species in a given polygon. In phase 1 these are shown as 2- or 3-letter codes e g Ri, Cys. These codes need to be located very precisely and as far as I can see, the various labelling options in QGIS do not allow sufficient precision. I am therefore trying to create point shapefiles for each dominant plant species. Is there a way of using multiple letters in the "font marker" symbol layer type?
You do not need to use symbols because labels are more efficient (and easy to use).
You can set the label position exactly where you want it.
You first create a column in your file with x coord and one with y, then set them (as you see in the image):
and then after that, you can move the label (using the tool "Move label").
For those of you here for the multiple font markers. Since QGIS version 3.8 you can add them.
While QGIS has long offered support for rendering points using font-based character markers, we’ve enhanced this functionality in 3.8 and now offer the ability to render multi-character strings! And since we’re always aiming to make the QGIS application interface as user-friendly and pleasant to use as possible, we also took the opportunity to tweak the UI for font markers and squash a number of frustrating GUI issues which previous versions suffered from.