In the past, I have exported from QGIS composer some maps in .pdf and some in .png.

In those exports I release to have some wrong (placed) labels and I have I release to lose the QGIS projects where I use for exports and is very hard to start again with to take some results.

Can I use some program like Photoshop,illustrator,GIMP,adode pdf pro,Adobe Creative Suite,adobe illustrator cs6 to move that wrong labels to other place in map?

  • export to svg > you still need to separate the layers for text and un-group them then you can move individual elements.
    – Mapperz
    Aug 21, 2017 at 20:26
  • see anitagraser.com/2011/09/01/…
    – Mapperz
    Aug 21, 2017 at 20:27
  • it seems like the project file is lost? So no export to svg...
    – Nightwatch
    Aug 22, 2017 at 7:35

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Use OGR2OGR to convert your GeospatialPDF/GeoPDF to Shapefile. Then move the labels with QGIS. OGR2OGR -f "ESRI Shapefile" outputpath/filename.shp sourcepdf.pdf Alternatively, you can import the geopdf into Global Mapper 18x as Vector Layer and move the labels then Export Raster.


Export to SVG and you can use Inkscape to edit the labels (open source vector graphic editor like illustrator)

An alternative is to place the file into photoshop with no existing labels and place them manually. - not the best case when you have a lot of labels.

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