I am using QGIS and I'd like to export a piece of map, scale 1:10000. The area I want to export is wider than the QGIS window, so I can't just use the option "export everything you see on screen", because afterwards I'd need to paste 10 or 12 individual files and bring them together, which is kind of time-consuming.

Is there a way to export a map using polygon (rectangle in my case) coordinates and to convert it to PDF or some image format?

  • Are you going through the print composer? – Martin Hügi Mar 14 '17 at 14:31
  • @MartinHuegi I don't have a clue how to do it. I guess through the print composer, though, because I've seen only tutorials for this option. – devloon Mar 14 '17 at 14:56

Go to File > New Print Composer > ok

Then find 'Add new map' icon on left hand toolbar- Click and drag on the canvas to create a rectangle. The current map view in QGIS will appear in this rectangle.

You can change the view in QGIS by zooming in, or out, or using the scale option. Then in the print composer window on the right hand side, in the Item Properties tab, you can 'Set to map canvas extent' and it will redraw the map in the rectangle.

Keep doing this until you get the view you want.

There is also an 'Add new scale bar' icon on the left hand toolbar to add a scale bar. You may need to play around with the 'Item properties' - the Units and Segments to adjust it to how you want it.

On the top toolbar you can then select to 'Export as image', 'SVG' or 'PDF'

There are many more features within the print composer that you can make use of to add professionalism to your map. It is well worth going through some tutorials to get to grips with.

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  • Thanks, but when I try to use the extents (coordinates) I get from qgis, it changes scale. When I change scale, it changes the coordinates... I can't set it properly. Though, I guess it's the right way to do it. – devloon Mar 14 '17 at 18:23
  • Take a look at this question and answer it could be useful to you gis.stackexchange.com/questions/232244/… – Martin Hügi Mar 16 '17 at 17:17

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