Using Python I have a program that makes a GeoTiff map by joining several maps and converting with rgb2pct.

This works perfect and when imported in QGIS georeferencing is OK. However, I want also GeoPDF (small size en sending to non experts). I use:

src_ds = gdal.Open(src)
driver = gdal.GetDriverByName("PDF")
dst_ds = driver.CreateCopy(dst, src_ds, 1)

This gives a GeoPDF also OK in QGis. The maps are 4000x5200 px. and should when printed at 20px/mm (508 dpi) print as exactly 1:25000 fitting on A4. I have tried a lot of options e.g.:

gdal.SetConfigOption("DPI", "4080")
gdal.SetConfigOption("WRITE_USERUNIT", "NO")

But to no avail.

How do I specify the correct dpi for the pdf. (pdfjam works perfect but geo info is lost)?

  • I have had the same problem too, a few years ago. I decided that Adobe Acrobat was broken :) I tried all sorts of options and tags in the PDF to force a size and resolution, but if insisted on scaling and printing what it wanted. I finally have up and printed from Acrobat by forcing to print to a specific size in the print dialog box. This was the only path I knew to finally get my maps to print at 1:12000
    – TimB
    Commented May 3, 2018 at 3:46

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[-outsize xsize[%]|0 ysize[%]|0] I do -outsize 60% 0 for scaling to a certain percentage of the original size. Outsize is in pixels and lines unless '%' is attached in which case it is as a fraction of the input image size. Starting with GDAL 2.0, if one of the 2 values is set to 0, its value will be determined from the other one, while maintaining the aspect ratio of the source dataset.

  • Unfortunately -outsize resizes the embedded image in the sense that my 2000x2600 image becomes with 50% 1000x1300 and I wanted to retain the image resolution.
    – jwevd
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 9:17
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    Whereas gdal.SetConfigOption("DPI", "254") did not work I found that driver.CreateCopy(dst, src, 1, ['DPI=508]) does work as shown by pdfinfo output. A second issue is that it apears that Adobe reader seems to ignore the dpi setting. Evince, however, works fine, printing EXACTLY to the intended scale.
    – jwevd
    Commented Feb 10, 2017 at 9:23

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