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    Question:

    How do you create an ATLAS Print using QGIS?

     Answer:

    ATLAS printing allows you to automatically create print output for all the features in a specific Layer. For example below we will demonstrate how to generate a PDF print booklet of all the UK Counties.

     Firstly, add the layers to your QGIS Project e.g. UK Counties. Then label the Counties and add a basemap e.g. OpenStreetMap.

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    From the Project menu choose > New Print Layout. Then within the new Print Layout choose the Add Item menu and add the Map, a Scale Bar and a Label (Text box) as the title.

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    From the Item Pane on the right choose the ATLAS Tab and tick Generate an Atlas.

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    Set the Counties as the Coverage Layer and Sort By the File_Name (County) field.

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    Now in the Map Item Properties, set the Map Scale that you wish to print to e.g. 1:350,000. To ensure that all Counties are printed at the same scale in the Main Properties tick Controlled by Atlas and choose Fixed Scale.

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    Finally we can update the Map Title (Label) of each output Map by Inserting an Expression which utilises the County Name.

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    In the Expression builder we will simply choose the Field which contains the Name of the County – File_Name.

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    When Inserted the Title Label will now look like this.

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    We can now preview the ATLAS before sending it to print. From the Atlas menu choose Preview Atlas.

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    Use the Arrows to navigate through the different Atlas pages.

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    If needed edit the Title, Scale bar or maybe the Scale options. For example, instead of Fixed Scale for each feature you may wish to choose Margin around feature – 10%.

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    Once complete, you can either Print the Atlas to a printer or choose Atlas and Export to PDF. Having chosen a location and name for the Atlas PDF the export will begin:

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    Once the process is complete, open the ATLAS PDF file and click through the pages for each feature in your layer.

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