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Learn QGIS - Fourth Edition

By : Andrew Cutts, Anita Graser
Book Image

Learn QGIS - Fourth Edition

By: Andrew Cutts, Anita Graser

Overview of this book

QGIS 3.4 is the first LTR (long term release) of QGIS version 3. This is a giant leap forward for the project with tons of new features and impactful changes. Learn QGIS is fully updated for QGIS 3.4, covering its processing engine update, Python 3 de-facto coding environment, and the GeoPackage format. This book will help you get started on your QGIS journey, guiding you to develop your own processing pathway. You will explore the user interface, loading your data, editing, and then creating data. QGIS often surprises new users with its mapping capabilities; you will discover how easily you can style and create your first map. But that’s not all! In the final part of the book, you’ll learn about spatial analysis and the powerful tools in QGIS, and conclude by looking at Python processing options. By the end of the book, you will have become proficient in geospatial analysis using QGIS and Python.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

Styling vector layers

As we saw when we loaded vector layers, QGIS renders them using a default style and a random color. In the following exercises, we will style point, line, and polygon layers. You will also get accustomed to the most common vector-styling options.

Regardless of the layer's geometry type, we always find a drop-down list with the available style options in the top-left corner of the Style dialog. The following style options are available for vector layers:

  • Single Symbol: This is the simplest option. When we use a Single Symbol style, all points are displayed with the same symbol.
  • Categorized: This is the style of choice if a layer contains points of different categories. For example, a layer that contains the locations of different animal sightings.
  • Graduated: This style is great if we want to visualize numerical values, for example, temperature measurements...