When I add a satellite images as a raster in QGIS:

  1. Why the image is changed, it looks like it has only one band?
  2. Where is a tool for band combination?

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I don't think the data are changed but I suspect that QGIS doesn't understand how to handle a multiband raster which has more than 3 bands so it defaults to gray-scale.

Once you have imported your raster, right-click on it and go to Layer Properties. In the style tab you have the option to render as a single band or three band (RGB) image. You can specify which bands to use for R, G and B and can tweak the min and max val

  • Hi Silvester! Ah! Now I see where is the layer properties. I have QGIS in Russian. Didn't notice it before. Everything works. Many thanks!
    – Sasha
    Feb 27, 2012 at 14:34
  • Would love to accept Silvester's answer, his answer did solved my problem! Thanks a lot. But how to accept his answer? Ok, I see now the tick button. Done!
    – Sasha
    Feb 27, 2012 at 15:07
  • Glad to help :) Feb 27, 2012 at 15:20

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