I'd like to make maps of Finland's municipalities. Our National Land Survey provides data I can make into a Shapefile, and when a municipality is selected in QGIS/Identify Features, three different levels of associated administrative boundaries are helpfully highlighted, even the exclaves and enclaves of the selected municipality.

My question then is, how can I export this exact map view? When I open a new Print Composer, the selection/color scheme is gone. The exclaves are an important feature I'd like to keep.

finnish municipalities

You can probably see that there are hundreds of those tiny exclaves, whose names aren't easily readable in the GML, so I really wouldn't bother checking up manually which of them belong where, and then color them in Inkscape.

I tried exporting with the plugin SimpleSVG, but it just compresses the shapes into uglyness. Compare original and after:

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  • If the maps are to be used with limited resolution - try to save the view from QGis as image, rather then going by print composer. Selections are exported in the images just like they show on screen May 10, 2014 at 8:42
  • @TimCouwelier Unfortunately, it is vectors that I desire.
    – Nelg
    May 16, 2014 at 15:07
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    We also have this problem. In QGIS 2.0 and earlier, this worked perfectly: with QGIS 2.4, all features are unselected in the print composer.
    – luca76
    Sep 24, 2014 at 9:11
  • Can you reproduce it with QGis 2.4 and 2.6 ? I can't and I need it for my users.
    – user43430
    Dec 30, 2014 at 7:37

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Late answer but you can keep the features highlighted and see them in Print Composer...just not by using Identify Features (atleast not in QGIS 2.2). You have to select the features either manually or with a filter:

Selected features

You can then see the highlighted features in your composer:

Print Composer

Lastly, you can then save it as an image or in this case as an .svg (bear in mind that the lines come out as chunky vectors):

Saved as .svg

  • Thank you! I will look into this. I'll also try out QGIS 2.0 or an earlier version.
    – Nelg
    Sep 25, 2014 at 14:25
  • Most welcome buddy, hope you get the results you want!
    – Joseph
    Sep 25, 2014 at 14:28

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