I'm working on a map of migrant deaths and missings in and around the Medditerranean Sea. It includes a legend. When I work in the print composer mode, the legend seems to be looking fine. Here it is:

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When I look at the pdf output of my map, however, it looks different:

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The key issues here are the extra pink moon-like shape on the left, and the extra "1" at the bottom of the graduated circles.

I suppose this has something to do with the fact that I'm trying to hide part of the "wrong" graduated circles, which I'm overlapping with two images: correct version and a white image to cover the remaining bits. One can see the outlines of these images over here:

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Question: why is the output of the legend in the pdf of the map different from the one in the print layout, and how can I make sure QGIS generates the correct output?

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    Which version of QGIS are you using? I've experienced similar problems in a previous version of QGIS that disappeared in version 3.16.0.
    – 9ls1
    Dec 8, 2020 at 11:04


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