I use QGIS 1.8.0 for Linux, and I want to draw roads manually on the map.

enter image description here

So according some tutorials, I use Raster>Geoferencer>Geoferencer to import a bitmap image including roads, and set Geoferencer like this screenshot.

However, after "Start geoferencing", the Geoferencer layer didn't appear on the map. Just like this:

enter image description here

I've tried move the reference layer to top and toggle "update drawing order" but it doesn't work.

What should I do?

  • 1
    Which coordinate reference systems (Layer/Project CRS) are you using?
    – q9f
    Jan 4, 2013 at 10:14
  • TWD67, and all of my layer set as that(including georeferencer)
    – kuanyui
    Jan 4, 2013 at 11:02
  • What happens if you "Zoom to Layer Extend" (right click)?
    – q9f
    Jan 4, 2013 at 12:41

4 Answers 4


Look for Settings -> Options, CRS Tab

under CRS for new Layer, you should activate Ask for CRS. and choose your custom CRS.

Standard is EPSG:4326, and the coordinates of your tif are most probably outside the allowed bounds of +-180°/90° of lon/lat coordinates.

  • All of my layer is TWD67-TM2(a common CRS used in Taiwan), including groreferencer. But it doesn't work when georefrencing.
    – kuanyui
    Jan 4, 2013 at 11:09
  • Qgis Master offers EPSG:3827 and 3828 for that CRS. If you don't want to use that, you can use current GDAL to reproject the tif to a CRS known in your Qgis Lisboa.
    – AndreJ
    Jan 4, 2013 at 11:17
  • Have tried, but doesn't work :(
    – kuanyui
    Jan 4, 2013 at 11:22
  • Your screenshot shows EPSG:3857 as project CRS. If you have grabbed the georeference points from the screen, you have to set the target CRS also to EPSG:3857.
    – AndreJ
    Dec 16, 2013 at 14:23

I had the same problem and found that following the instructions at OpenLayers Plugin Error: latitude or longitude exceeded limits worked. They are:

  • set the project CRS to EPSG:3857
  • make sure on-the-fly-projection is enabled
  • add the background openlayers map layer you want load other stuff that might have other layer CRS, like WGS84 in lat/lon degrees
  • save the project

After this georeferencing the image map with CRS EPSG:3857 worked. I wish I knew why.

  • This was the only thing that worked for me too, so weird...
    – kory
    Oct 8, 2018 at 13:06

Try converting the image to be referenced to a jpg instead of a bitmap, it worked for me.


Select parameters as following:

  • Transformation type : Linear
  • Sampling Method : Nearest Neighbor
  • Select proper projection system

Screenshot is attached herewithenter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.