I have been trying to label a Virginia counties and cities map with their proper names, but when I try to do so, using all the different types of placements, I either get nice looking labels with not all of them showing, or really messy labels with all of them showing. Is there a solution to this problem?
You can use the plugin
Layer to labelled layer to arrange your labels
The way that it works is that it adds many new attribute columns to your shapefile to do with label size, format and placement which you can change and manipulate with the plugin features.
Because it is making changes to your shapefile, I would suggest that it is a good idea to make a copy and work on that.
You can use the label toolbar
and one installed you will have a new icon
Clicking on the
Layer to labelled layer icon will add the new columns to your shapefile that provides the capability to move the labels as you want them to be, and to manipulate them.
You will need to show the labels in the normal way
Move label and diagram button to move the label
Rotate the label
And change individual label properties
It will probably be able to do everything that you need to get your labels as you want them which can then be displayed in Print Composer.