I am trying to clip an aerial map in QGIS 2.18 with the layers simultaneously in this map:

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My purpose is to get the aerial map clipped by the red layer that includes all layers like this image (i did that image with draw software):

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whereas the result of the clipper is without the blue circle layer:

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The clip function in: vector-> processing tool-> clip, clips only vectors.

In Raster-> clipper, it clips only raster by the mask layer.

In ArcGIS 10.3 this function is called "clip to shape" and the whole map- rasters and vectors been clipped by polygon shape.

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Is there an equal function to "clip to shape" in QGIS 2.18 the same as in ArcGIS?

  • Never heard of clip to shape tool in Arcgis. Makes me wonder what sort of output it might produce
    – FelixIP
    Jul 18, 2017 at 7:21
  • The tool Raster -> Clipper as you point out can do the job. The mask layer can be a vector layer, in your case your red layer, so the result will be your aerial map clipped by the red layer Jul 18, 2017 at 7:31
  • i update the question.
    – newGIS
    Jul 18, 2017 at 10:51

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This is how exactly Raster --> Extraction --> Clipper... works. You can also use Clip raster by mask layer from processing toolbox. Both running gdalwarp command.

As mask layer you have to choose vector layer, the raster will by clipped to vector layer extent rectangle, but all values outside of shape will be nodata if you leave the no data value option unchecked, it will remain 0 (intiger).

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If you want to crop the extent to the shape check Crop the extent of the target dataset to the extent of the cutline option.


I thing there isn't build-in tool for clip raster and vector layer at once. But it can be easily created with graphical modeler or python custom processing tool. Create model with Clip raster by mask layer for raster and Clip vectors by polygon for vector. The model should looks like:

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Once you have working model saved, you can run it as a batch process for as many different raster and vector inputs you want.

For creating models and batch processing see QGIS documentation:

The graphical modeler

The batch processing interface

  • i update the question
    – newGIS
    Jul 18, 2017 at 10:52
  • @newGIS ok, now I see it, I'll update my answer
    – Oto Kaláb
    Jul 18, 2017 at 11:01

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