Configuring data-defined labels

If there was a list of top features of QGIS, data-defined labels would be high on that list. They offer the ease of automatic labeling with the customization of freehand labeling. You can mix and match automatic and custom edits, storing the values in a table for later reference.

Getting ready

There are a couple of useful plugins for data-defined labeling which will add the extra attribute fields that you need to either an existing layer or make a new layer just for labels. Download and install Layer to labeled layer and Create labeled layer.

How to do it…

  1. Open QGIS and load census_wake2000.shp.
  2. Create a copy of the layer using the Save As dialog, and save the layer as census_wake2000_label.shp. (You don't always have ...

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