Using the Map Composer

The QGIS Map Composer allows you to combine a map with nonspatial elements that enhance the understanding of the map. In this recipe, we'll create a basic map composition. A composition requires you to define a physical paper size and output format. Even a simple composition example such as this has over 20 lines of configuration options.

Getting ready

You will need to download the following zipped shapefile and extract it to your qgis_data directory in a subdirectory named hancock:

https://github.com/GeospatialPython/Learn/raw/master/hancock.zip

You will also need to open the Python Console under the Plugins menu in QGIS. You can run this recipe in the console, or wrap it in a script for the Script Runner plugin using the ...

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