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.
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