I am using Tiff images from Digital Globe and trying to get a color satellite image. I have merged the red, green, blue, pan and nir tiff files into one file. I then changed the band properties to a max of 500 and contrasted enhancement to stretch and clip to the min and max values. Doing all this produced a merged satellite image but the image has no color and is being rendered as single band gray.

How can I create a colored image?

I'm assuming I need to somehow create a tif such that each red, blue, green, nir band is a band for the tiff.

  • did you make a single or multiband raster?
    – gm70560
    May 26, 2013 at 20:01

1 Answer 1


In QGIS Desktop - use the Raster->Miscellaneous->Build Virtual Raster (Catalog) tool. Make sure to tick the "Separate" option. This will put each input file into a separate stacked band instead of mosaicing to a single band. If you used this tool already, this may be why you are getting a single band as output.

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.