I am making a map from a raster that obviously has not geographic coordinates. I plan to eventually put my digital map on a world map like OpenStreepMap with the correct scale and positions. enter image description here

I already know the exact coordinates where this map should appear. I know where my map would fit in.

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I was wondering if it was possible to adjust QGIS coordinate system and orientation by using two points for which I would provide the geographic coordinates. Also the map is not oriented towards the north but has an angle of 11° 40' from it, this is why I would want to use two points, so the grid would also have the correct orientation.

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    Have you to skew the image? Commented Jul 23, 2020 at 3:55

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With two-point you can only move, scale and rotate. When you have to skew or to do more complex distortions, you'll have to have more points. These tasks are called Georeferencing. In QGIS you have multiple strategies for it. You'll have to install the complements for that.

  1. GDAL Georeferencer plugin: With this plugin you can use multiple points. Is is more accurate method.

  2. Freehand raster georeferencer Plugin: You can do it more free-handly. Just move, rotate and scale. There is a feature to do with a line method (two points).

But pay attention. The issue is not just the geographic coordinates. Besides the datum you have to worry about the projection. This can create a headache, when the accuracy is important. In this case the first method is more indicated, and have to use many point as reference.

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