In QGIS am trying to convert the legend element in the print composer into graphics, like the option in the ArcGIS "Convert To Graphics", see image below

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Is there some way to do it with QGIS?

  • Well, unfortunately... there's no way my friend. Dec 1, 2016 at 12:48

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I use a way "around the corner" with Inkscape, an open source tool for editing vector graphics:

  1. Add a second page to the print composer of your map.
  2. Add a legend and move the "raw" legend on the second page.
  3. Export the print composer as svg (every page of the print composer will be exported as own .svg-file)
  4. Open the svg of the second page with Inkscape and edit your legend (nearly) as you are used in ArcGIS
  5. Re-import the legend as an image.

This way you have the chance to design your legend with much more possibilities. The disadvantages are that the quality of the re-imported image is not the same like an original legend and that you always have to do a detour over an external program.

So here my question: Is there still no way to convert legends to graphics in QGIS directly?

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