I have a problem with labels in QGIS. I'm using a background svg for some labels (street numbers). In QGIS, it's all ok but when I use the composer there is a bug (I suppose), because I see some strange artifacts.



Squares and elipse on the right are the artifacts

If I disable the layer with the street numbers, or if I remove the svg background, the artifacts disappear. The problem is reproducible only with svg, if I use the rectancle or another option, I don't see any problems. The artifacts can be seen in the composer preview too.

Can someone confirm this problem?

Tested with QGIS 2.6.1 and 2.8.1 Nightly

  • Can you add a screenshot of the artifacts?
    – Branco
    Jun 16, 2015 at 13:50
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    there is... i.stack.imgur.com/Irqkn.jpg Can't you seen it? The artifacts are the big rectangle and ellipse in the image.
    – Sergio
    Jun 16, 2015 at 13:51
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    Can you edit your question and add the image link there, too?
    – Branco
    Jun 16, 2015 at 13:52
  • Have you tried re-testing this for QGIS 2.8.2? I tested labels with a svg background and it seems fine (this was for a line vector layer on QGIS 2.8.2).
    – Joseph
    Jun 16, 2015 at 14:03
  • No, because I work with 2.6.1 but I'm quite sure the bug still persists because it's old and I haven't seen tickets about this.
    – Sergio
    Jun 16, 2015 at 14:04

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Your SVG files have issues. Try opening them in Inkscape and selecting View -> Zoom -> Drawing. There's polygons present WAY outside the document area. These are showing up in the composer map, causing the artefacts.

  • THANK YOU! I haven't notice them becouse they are outside the page. I still don't understand why I saw them only in the composer map and not in the qgis view but the problem seems to be solved.
    – Sergio
    Jun 18, 2015 at 12:39

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