In other packages I would simply ensure the TrueType font (+.ttf) was loaded on the operating system and it would be available for use. QGIS seems to rely on making your own. The symbols I wish to import are complex Emergency Symbology that couldn't be recreated within QGIS.

How do I add complex Emergency Symbology (TrueType fonts) to QGIS?

  • I have used this technique for a map of water assets that I have created and it worked well. I created 16 different markers, so I saved them as a style for future use. Now I've had to go back, make a change to my map and reprint. I only get one symbol on my map. The full range of created symbols shows in my Layers List. I have tried to reload the saved style, I even went into each one and recreated it, then saved the layer again. The funny thing is that I have created the same styles for raw water as well. It is fine. I'm only having trouble with the potable water layer. Does anyone have any i
    – Johanna
    Commented Dec 20, 2013 at 1:12
  • This isn't an answer, but I see you've added this question as a new question (gis.stackexchange.com/questions/81731/…) so that should get addressed.
    – BradHards
    Commented Jan 1, 2014 at 23:07

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QGIS has a Font marker type which you can use. It will support any (most) fonts installed on the system:

In QGIS 2.0 (dev) enter image description here

In QGIS 1.8 enter image description here

You can even stack font markers like I have in the picture.

  • Thankyou it answered my question perfectly. I'm a newbie and am still getting used to the terminology so missed the font marker clue. Commented Jul 10, 2013 at 1:36
  • No worries. Your MapInfo and ESRI fonts work in here too, which is handy.
    – Nathan W
    Commented Jul 10, 2013 at 1:41

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