GIS For Biologists: Tips #17 – #19 Creating Custom Polygon Fills, Symbols And Styles For QGIS

11 Dec

QGIS is the leading open source, and so free-to-download, GIS software package that is available for biologists to use. However, one of the reasons that many biologists have not yet taken it up is because of the basic options for changing the way that information in data layers are displayed that come with QGIS.

At first, this does seem problematic, but you shouldn’t let it put you off using this rather brilliant tool for biological research. In fact, when you look into it, it’s actually very easy to make your own custom polygon fills, symbols and styles, and within a few short minutes you can create almost any polygon fill, symbol and style that you could ever need, or even imagine.

In addition, simply by saving a custom style file with the same name as your data layer and in the same folder on your computer, QGIS will automatically use these settings each and every time you use that data layer! This is a real bonus, and more than pays back the time taken to create the custom style in the first place.

So, how do you create your own custom polygon fills, symbols and styles for use in QGIS? Well the three videos below will show you just how easy this is.

1. GIS For Biologists: Tip #17 – How To Create Custom Polygon Fills Styles For Use In QGIS:

2. GIS For Biologists: Tip #18 – How To Make Your Own Custom Symbols For Use In GIS Projects:

3. GIS For Biologists: Tip #19 – How To Create And Use Custom Style Files In QGIS:

If you have any questions or queries about this video, feel free to comment on this post and I’ll do my best to answer them.

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Dr Colin D. MacLeod,
Founder, GIS In Ecology
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