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I am a beginner with QGIS.

I have a raster aerial photo and wish to overlay a vector shapefile (I have already created) showing polygons of land use.

Can this be done in QGIS, or do I need to use photoshop?

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    Welcome to GIS SE, I guess if you want to do this in QGIS you should read some basics... like getting started – wittich Dec 25 '15 at 12:51
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If we assume that your vector layer is in the right projection and digitised correctly, then your raster must be georeferenced. In QGIS you will need to use the Georeferencer-plugin along with a map-service open (like Google Satellite) within QGIS map canvas. Now you go read the rest.

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