I work with QGIS 2.0.1.

I have two problems with the representation of symbols.

The first problem is that after I selected a symbol with the type: font and adjust the size of the symbol with the unit: map units, the symbol is not displayed completely within the Legend.

Is this a general problem that the icon size is also scaled within the legend?




The next problem is that when I want to export my map to a PDF file the Symbols are not displayed correctly.

The icon consists of two components.

I have tried two different versions but the result was not useful.

Here are the two variants i have tried:

  1. Symbol as font and white background as a Font.
  2. Symbol as font and white background as a simple symbol with a square.

In QGIS both variants provide a correct representation.

But the result was similar for both variants. The Symbol components are shifted from each other in the PDF-Export.

Symbols in PDF-Export File:


Symbols in QGIS


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    The first problem is just a limitation of the legend. Might be fixed at some stage in the future.
    – Nathan W
    Commented Jan 30, 2014 at 13:02

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Solution for your second problem:

Draw the symbol in Inkscape and save it as a SVG file (to be safe convert the text field into a geometry). You can add SVG symbols in QGIS and they survive the export intact.

Edit: Can't upload my SVG symbol here because the file format is banned.

Edit 2: Download my pretty W:


  • Your link is 404.
    – Aaron
    Commented Apr 8, 2020 at 19:34

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