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

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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:

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

What should I do?

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    Which coordinate reference systems (Layer/Project CRS) are you using? – Afr Jan 4 '13 at 10:14
  • TWD67, and all of my layer set as that(including georeferencer) – kuanyui Jan 4 '13 at 11:02
  • What happens if you "Zoom to Layer Extend" (right click)? – Afr Jan 4 '13 at 12:41

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 '13 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 '13 at 11:17
  • Have tried, but doesn't work :( – kuanyui Jan 4 '13 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 '13 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 '18 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

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