I have a raster file I need to clip. I created a virtual raster which I used to "copy" the extent from in QGIS raster calculator. As a result, I get the raster with the extent I need, but pixel size changes and it looks fuzzy compared with the original raster... Does anyone know how to avoid or correct this problem?

The first printscreen shows the original raster: The second printscreen shows the raster after beeing clipped:

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    How did you clip it? I would use GDAL_Translate -projwin (if you know the coordinates of the extents) or -srcwin (if you know rows/columns you need) to clip a raster, that will not affect the cellsize just the dimension. Apr 23, 2015 at 21:33
  • I tried it and it didn't change the cell size dimensions, but it gave me a different extents in each raster, even when I used the batch mode :(
    – Nadia
    Apr 23, 2015 at 23:49
  • So you have the same -projwin and you're getting different extents? Are the cell sizes for each raster the same? projwin uses some rounding to calculate a srcwin and then clips using that (you can see it when the tool runs) if you want exact cells try to work out minRow,minCol maxRow,maxCol and use -srcwin, that way you control implicitly which cells are in the output... it's a bit of work but it's worth it! Apr 24, 2015 at 0:26
  • Yes,I'm getting different extents and every raster has the same cell size. I will try to look on how to get the minRow,minCol maxRow,maxCol and keep trying. thanks!!
    – Nadia
    Apr 24, 2015 at 1:12

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The easier way to use the Clip Tool in QGIS is by using the "extent clipping mode". For example, I want to clip the area represented by the shapefile in the next image:

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With Raster -> Extraction -> Clipper, put the output name raster and select its area by drag on shapefile area. Then, click on Ok.

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At the layer properties of the clipped raster you can observe that the X and Y pixel size is the same of the original raster (see below image). Furthermore, they are perfectly aligned (you can observe that with transparency at the first layer).

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  • Por los printscreens veo que hablas español... intenté usar el clipper de esa manera anteriormente y no me funcionó... el extent de una de las capas quedo parecido pero no igual al de mi shape... estoy usando coordenadas geográficas y no UTM, crees que eso pueda ser un problema?
    – Nadia
    Apr 24, 2015 at 16:47
  • Yes, it could be the problem. You should use a projection in meters.
    – xunilk
    Apr 24, 2015 at 19:39

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