I am new to QGIS, so be patient with me if this is rather basic. (And I am still learning the terminology as well.)

I have a very nice, and detailed vector map in an Adobe Illustrator format. I can, of course, save this as an SVG, EPS, or PDF file.

What I would like to do is add this as a vector layer in QGIS and then georeference it. Once complete, I would then like to use it as a base to add other features, etc. and then export it as a PDF or SVG. (I have worked out how to use Map Composer, so that is fine.)

My questions are:

  1. Is it possible to import this file? I have tried SVG, PDF, and EPS formats but with no luck.

  2. If this is possible, how do I georeference it? Is there a QGIS plugin that will (for example) allow me to select reference points?

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    You can also save as DXF and load into QGIS stackoverflow.com/questions/15691541/… (geo-reference the dxf as Joseph describes) – Mapperz May 31 '16 at 14:36

For a good tutorial, check this post: Georeferencing Topo Sheets and Scanned Maps

For your case, I would probably do the following:

  1. Convert your svg file into a png (if I open up an svg in Internet Explorer, I can right-click and use the Save As... option to save it as a png file).
  2. Load QGIS and make sure the Georeferencer plugin is installed/enabled from the menu bar:

    Plugins > Manage and Install Plugins...
  3. Click the Georeferencer plugin icon from the toolbar or alternatively from the menu bar:

    Raster > Georeferencer > Georeferencer
  4. Select the Open Raster tool from the Georeferencer interface and select your png file:

    Open raster

  5. Then click on your image to add in GCP points for referencing the image with map coordinates. Once done, click the Transformation Settings button to set your configuration, especially the Output raster option:


  6. Once done, click the Start Georeferencing button and hopefully you will have a GeoTiff raster:


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