QGIS – How do you Create Grid Lines on a Scale Print?

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By David Crowther

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Question:

How do you add Easting and Northing Grid Lines to a Scale Print within QGIS. 

Answer:

To add Grid Lines/Markers and Coordinate Values to a QGIS Scale Print, simply follow the steps below:

 1 – Open QGIS

2 – Open the Print Composer window and then open an existing Print template

3 – Edit the MAP element

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4 – In the Map FrameItem Properties make the following changes: 

  • Add a GRID
  • And choose the CRS e.g. 27700 (BNG)
  • Choose the interval units for the markers e.g. in Map Units with an interval of 100

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  • Choose the GRID FRAME properties (the grid/ticks)
  • The Frame style chooses whether you have lines running through the map frame, Cross Hair Markers in the map or just Ticks on the edges of the frame
  • Choose the size, thickness and colour of those lines/ticks
  • Define whether the X/Y lines/ticks are shown on the left/right/top/bottom

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  • DRAW Coordinates (the actual text values)
  • Choosing their Format – e.g. Decimals
  • And what coordinate values are shown X or Y
  • Inside or outside the frame
  • Specify the orientation of that text e.g. horizontal or vertical (ascending or descending)
  • Choose the Font and colour for the X/Y text
  • Specify the Distance that the X/Y text values are from the edge of the map fame
  • And the Precision of the values (number of decimals)

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Having now updated your Print Template, you will have added Grid Markers e.g. Ticks and Coordinate Values e.g. Easting and Northing values.

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