Exporting Vector Files in QGIS

This post outlines a few of the ways I’ve found to export QGIS maps as vector files. So far this has been for purely cosmetic reasons but going forward this could be a essential step when moving into Rhino and Unity.

 Exporting to pdf’s for illustrator / line work in cad.

1. Save viewport in QGIS. I have had some problems with the over-sensitive zoom functions when view maps. If you’re trying to print multiple layers of the same view in different files it can be a big problem if you’re viewport changes even slightly.

  • go to the view tab and select create new bookmark, or ctrl B
  • name this view
  • now you can access this under bookmarks whenever referencing a previous view is needed.

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2. Printing to pdf

  • ctrl P
  • open previous .qpt file if you’ve set one up (saves print settings)
  • otherwise drop and drag a new map window from the toolbar
  • select  export as pdf from the toolbar
  • uncheck “save as raster”
  • save PDF

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