I am working with a tax lot shapefile with attributes such as ownership, addresses, account numbers, etc. I am trying to create a map with the ownership name of each polygon. My problem is that some of the polygons are huge and some are small, so when I go to my print layout page with those labels turned on, the large polygons have a tiny bit of text in them and the small polygons have text that falls outside of it's boundaries.

I would assume a simple if else statement would fix something like this. Though I am not sure how to do and if else statement for a label nor have any experience using python within QGIS if that is the route for this problem. Could someone help guide me though this process?

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To add another option to @TeddyTedTed answer You may use the scale_linear (or scale exp) fonction :

function scale_linear Transforms a given value from an input domain to an output range using linear interpolation.

(the scale_exp fonction do the same but using an exponential curve)

This will give you a big range of text size without having to input many many case statement.

For exemple this expression (based on a "SHAPE-AREA" field that hold the polygon area, it will also work if you use $area) :

scale_linear( "SHAPE_AREA" , minimum(  "SHAPE_AREA" ), maximum(  "SHAPE_AREA" ) ,1,100)

attribute a text size between 1 and 100 relative to the area, 1 for the smallest area and an increasing value as the area grow, up to a text size of 100 the largest area.

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  • Thanks. I do like this way a bit more, without having to to multiple CASE functions. – Zman3 Oct 8 '20 at 17:51

You're on the right track with if else but case would be easier, it's similar to if else but easier for more options.

In expressions $area returns the area of a polygon in square metres or feet depending on the coordinate system.

So we use case to create different label sizes depending on the $area value for the polygons.

In the label properties add an expression for the size: enter image description here

As the expression write something like the following but with area classes that make sense for your parcels:

WHEN $area <15000 THEN 6
WHEN $area >=15000 AND $area < 20000 THEN 8
WHEN $area >=20000 AND $area < 50000 THEN 10
WHEN $area >=50000 AND $area < 100000 THEN 12
WHEN $area >=100000 THEN 14

In my example this resulted in the following (the values are the $area values for each parcel):

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    Excellent, I will give this a try later today and accept the answer once I get it to work! – Zman3 Oct 7 '20 at 23:26
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    Thanks again for your suggestion. I am going to go with J.R answer since it is simpler. – Zman3 Oct 8 '20 at 17:52

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