[Qgis-us-user] Adding a legend

Wilkes, Becky bwilkes at email.unc.edu
Tue Jan 19 07:21:55 PST 2016

Hi Joe,
Are you familiar with Print Composer?  That's where you create legends in QGIS.  That may be where the "help" button was sending you.  In Print Composer you place your main map area onto a layout whose size and orientation you specify.  Then you can add titles, scalebars, and legends onto the layout area.  See the QGIS online documentation at www.qgis.org<http://www.qgis.org> for more about how to use Print Composer.

Becky Wilkes
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From: Qgis-us-user [mailto:qgis-us-user-bounces at lists.osgeo.org] On Behalf Of Joe Stepansky
Sent: Monday, January 18, 2016 9:16 PM
To: qgis-us-user at lists.osgeo.org
Subject: [Qgis-us-user] Adding a legend

Hello everyone,

I'm pretty new to QGIS (Lyon), but have created some forecast precipitation charts using shapefiles from US government weather offices. But I can't figure out how to create a simple legend so a reader can match a color to a precipitation total.

This has to be relatively straightforward, but I haven't been able to figure it out. Selecting help didn't really help me, as it sent me to something called Composer Manager.

I've already created a style which stratifies various precipitation levels to colors, now all I need to do is create a legend reflecting that style. But I can't find it easily, even though it's probably staring at me.

Anyway, thanks in advance for any help.

Joe Stepansky
Harrisburg, PA
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