I am trying to export the legend into an image using Print Composer into its 100% size as it is in the composer window. To be sure it is the intended size I want, I clicked Zoom to 100%:

Zoom to 100%

But upon clicking Export as Image, I am forced to specify the image width and resolution, and there is no option for exporting into the 100% legend size as viewed in the Composer window:

Image export options

Clicking Crop to Content doesn't help as I need to specify the resolution in dpi, which I need to painstakingly readjust just to get the 100% size. I also tried using 100 dpi as the export resolution but the resulting image is not its full size.

I had thought there should be a simpler solution than manually readjusting the dpi, but I don't know how. How can I export the legend into its 100% size?

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    Why only the legend? Maybe it would be helpful to set a blank map in the background and export that "map" with the legend included? After done that, you could change (in gimp/inkscape etc.) the background color (white maybe) to transparent if that is your origin intend.
    – DirkB.
    Jul 7, 2017 at 10:52
  • It appears I have no choice but to use Export as SVG instead of Export as Image to preserve the quality, then from there use Inkscape to export it into a png. The actual size of the legend was not modified upon export.
    – JAT86
    Jul 7, 2017 at 14:09

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As I understand you need only the legend in high resolution. If so make a new Print Composer and add only the Legend into it enter image description here Know go to Composition and click on the Resize Page enter image description here Choose the resolution you need and save it as any other Print Composer export mapenter image description here
Know you will have an image at the size of the Legend as it was in the Print Composer enter image description here

  • Thanks, but the export resolution options in the 3rd picture you have posted makes it problematic. The resulting export in the fourth picture had its resolution increased. What I need is the actual size of the legend (like it is in the second picture) in the Print Composer, and I have no idea what the equivalent dpi is for the 100% size. I tried using 100 dpi and 96 dpi, but some of the legend text were rendered too close/connected with each other (like 'ci' appearing as 'a').
    – JAT86
    Jul 7, 2017 at 13:29
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    It's not very elegant, but you allays can make a print screen and crop the image in PowerPoint or some other software. Jul 7, 2017 at 13:33

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