I'm just curious if someone can display OSM with larger labels in QGIS. I know tiles are built on the server, and this is likely a showstopper. The layer source is https://tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png

This place is the Musée du Louvre in Paris: Labels are unusable, they should be similar to the QGIS menu bar labels:

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Zooming doesn't improve anything (except when beyond the highest zoom level and pixels start to be enlarged, including labels).

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In comparison, Google Maps:

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I wouldn't say it's better, for other reasons, but at least labels can be read.

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As you using a raster tile source, you would need a source with retina tiles, e.g. by following this guide: https://rapidapi.com/MapTilesApi/api/retina-tiles/tutorials/using-high-resolution-openstreetmap-retina-tiles-in-qgis.

You may also have a look at this question and answers here:

Seeking QGIS Tile / Basemap Options


larger text in qgis with raster retina tiles

Do the following: choose the retina tiles url as described in the linked tutorial above but use 96dpi (256px*256px) as tile size in your XYZ tiles layer.

Then use the magnifier (e.g. I used 200%) and you get a readable example (it would be nearly unreadable/blurry if you use normal osm tiles). Please note: I had to scale down the screenshot for file size to have it inserted here/at imgur - please click the image to get a better representation).

  • Can you explain how it improves the labels on a computer without a retina display (my case). Perhaps a screenshot? On the linked question, it's a matter of zoom blurring past 19, but for OSM the problem is not this one, as when I zoom (see the question), the label size is reduced by the server. I'd be happy if the server wasn't continuously reducing the size.
    – mins
    Commented Nov 13, 2022 at 18:53
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    Hi mins, I've updated the answer with a (scaled down) screenshot and and explanation on how I used those tiles for larger text labels.
    – crnm
    Commented Nov 13, 2022 at 19:42
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    Thanks a lot, that's very helpful. These tiles are really an improvement.
    – mins
    Commented Nov 13, 2022 at 20:14

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