I'm looking at natural earth data to generate each country and save it as a png. What I'm using is: 10m_populated_places, 10m_admin_0_countries and 10m_land.

The populates places is the first layer, then the countries and then the land. For each of the countries I want to:

1) Filter populated places to FEATURECLA = 'capital' & ADM0NAME = country

2) Filter countries to ADMIN = country

3) Set the said country in the middle of the screen and save it as an image. For this I need to zoom in but leave some space around the country.

I'm a complete beginner, what is the easiest way to accomplish this with QGIS or some other GIS software?


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The closest to a solution is described by Nathan here: How to produce multiple maps with same layout for different layers' extents?

Easy direct filtering is currently not implemented in Atlas: How to mask out features outside of the Coverage Layer for Atlas plugin?

  • Thank you, this is unfortunate. Do you know of any other software that can accomplish this?
    – Dan
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 17:43
  • It's not entirely true that the filtering is impossible. It can be done using a geometry function, eg the expression "within($geometry,$atlasgeometry)" will match all features which fall within the current atlas polygon. So, for your populated places layer you could set it to a rule-based renderer, with the "within" expression matching places within the current country and an else rule hiding the places outside the current country (see nathanw.net/2013/12/02/…). Your #2 condition can be met by setting a filter in the atlas panel.
    – ndawson
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 22:36
  • Thanks @ndawson! Great to know! I've corrected the answer. Looks like your comment should become an answer though :-)
    – underdark
    Commented Apr 30, 2014 at 22:39

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