I've done a fair bit of searching, but cannot find anything on this.

When I export an SRTM dataset as a Geotiff from Global Mapper and bring it into QGIS 3.18.1 I need to place a colour legend bar. The legend in GM is fine (see below) but of course when I bring it into QGIS it comes in as a 3 band raster. Placing a legend in the QGIS print layout results in a legend for each band.

Is there a way to get a combined colour bar in QGIS? I'm not happy with any of the colour palettes available in QGIS if I bring it in as a single band.

Colour legend from Global Mapper


When I download SRTM geotiffs (from https://earthexplorer.usgs.gov/) they arrive as single-band rasters. Single-band makes sense because there's only one possible elevation value for each raster cell location; multiband would be superfluous.

Here's a screenshot of one of those SRTM rasters (naturally single-band) freshly downloaded and then placed into QGIS and displayed as an elevation-colored hillshade.

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Somehow, additional bands have been added to your data (perhaps by Global Mapper?) that are preventing you from hillshading and coloring. Does loading the single-band SRTM geotiff directly into QGIS without going through Global Mapper solve your problem?

  • Thanks Stu. I can bring in the single band SRTM data ok and hillshade/colour etc. My issue is getting a colour stretch that I like. I've played around with the cpt-city ones but am yet to find one I am happy with.
    – ERVigOIL
    Apr 3 '21 at 7:40
  • Yes, selecting colors is a bit of artistic endeavour! FWIW, my go-to cpt palette is Topgraphy > sd-a. BTW, if my answer above solved your problem, please click the check-mark icon to its left. That lets future readers know that the question has been answered.
    – Stu Smith
    Apr 3 '21 at 15:13

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