I'm trying to label features using the geometry generator (QGIS 3.8). I used the following expression to build a simple circle :

buffer(centroid($geometry), 500)

In Placement i used Using Perimeter (curved)

The labeling is working pretty good except some of my features label are written clockwise and some counterclockwise. How could i control this rendering ?

Furthermore i would like the mid-point of my labeling string to be at the most northern point of the circle ...

How could i achieve that ?

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For clockwise/counterclockwise fix, you can allow upside-down labels. In label rendering tab set Show upside-down labels to allways.

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For centering the label to the north, I figure out a workaround based on Using QGIS Geometry Generator to get rectangle from point?. Using geometry generator in label placement tab, you can create buffer of tiny polygon witch starts at such a place that the label is then rendered on top. Just adjust the buffer size to your needs.

        (x(centroid($geometry)))||' '||(y(centroid($geometry)) - 0.0001) ||','||
        (x(centroid($geometry)))||' '||(y(centroid($geometry)) + 0.0001) ||','||
        (x(centroid($geometry)) + 0.0001)||' '||(y(centroid($geometry)) - 0.0001) ||','||

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Note that geometry generator for label placement is available from version QGIS 3.8

  • So where do you put that buffer expression? Do you add a geometry generator symbol layer?
    – csk
    Oct 14, 2019 at 15:54
  • @csk No, in version 3.8 is geometry generator also for label placement (in Labels -> Placement tab)
    – Oto Kaláb
    Oct 14, 2019 at 18:06
  • It might be worth mentioning that in your answer, otherwise people using the current LTR will have trouble understanding your answer.
    – csk
    Oct 15, 2019 at 15:47
  • Yes, but I followed the OP, where is mention use of geometry generator for label placement in version QGIS 3.8. For completeness, I added note to my answer.
    – Oto Kaláb
    Oct 15, 2019 at 17:33
  • @Oto i'm using indeed qgis 3.8 but i'm struggling using your expression ... where should i put it ? is it supposed to replace my former buffer(centroid($geometry),500)? how would my text be bended in that case ? What kind of units should be used in such expression ?
    – Snaileater
    Oct 15, 2019 at 18:52

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