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Creating a shapefile Layer in Quantum GIS

Monday, April 8th, 2013

In Quantum you can create either a point, line or polygon layer.

Layer>New>Shapefile Layer

Shapefile Layer

Then you can either choose to create a point, line or polygon layer. Before choosing think about the data you are using and what you are creating. If you are working with US Highways and are now creating a layer that just includes highways in Texas you want to choose line for the type of file you create.

For this example Line was chosen as the type of layer.


Next choose a CRS or coordinate Reference System. You can either leave it as the default and then change it later (see below) or you can set it when you create the layer.

You’ll notice that the id field is automatically populated. You can delete this field if you don’t want it there. Select id and then click remove attribute.


To add an attribute:

Under ‘New Attribute” type in the name select the Type  of data the field can hold. You have several options. One is text data this refers to letters or numbers. Then you can choose whole numbers. This refers to numbers such as 100, 300, 500, 10,15,1000. You can not input decimals into this field. Lastly there is decimal number. This includes numbers such as 12.15, 11235,2569843.

You can also choose the width and the precision. Width can be set with all fields. Whole, Text and Decimal. Width refers to the number of characters allowed in the field. This includes punctuation and spaces.  For whole numbers the maximum width is 10. Precision can be set when decimal is highlighted. Precision is the number of places allowed after the decimal. It is entered as zeros in the precision field.


Once everything is set click on add attribute.

And it will appear in your list below. You can continue like this and add as many field as you like. They can be a mix of text, whole or decimal.


Once you are done click ok. It is going to ask you to choose a location to save. When you choose a name to save it as it will give it that same name in the attributes table but you can always change that later.


If the CRS was not set when the layer was created. You can set it now. Right click the layer and then go to set layer CRS.


Then you can set the CRS.


Lastly save the layer.

Right click>save as




You have several options.

Choose the format . It defaults to ESRI shapefile.

Give it a name and choose where you want to save it.

Then you can set the CRS here also.

Layer will leave the CRS as the default. Either WGS if you made no changes when you created it. Or what it was set to when it prompted for the CRS originally. Project will set the CRS to what the project is, if that was set up. Lastly is selected where you can browse and set the CRS to what you want.






Once your done click ok!


Self Paced GIS Training Video Course

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

This GIS Training course, called GIS 101, is now available online. This course is self paced and consists of several dozen short videos that cover everything from the basics of how we measure the earth to how to correct mis-projected data from the government to how to export your final map.

Online self paced GIS Training with GIS 101 and 201 coming soon.

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

OK, Folks. We are nearing completion of converting our tried-and-true GIS 101 workshop into an online video driven self paced course. We will have it up and running in June 2012. The idea is to break the 6 hours of course work into about 70 short 5-10 minute modules.  There are two of us knocking out videos and tutorial modules. We want this to go very smoothly, so we are retaining highly acclaimed Litmos as our LMS host (think webhost for online courses) so we don’t reinvent the wheel. That leaves us free to just convert the course and the Litmos framework will take care of logging in learners, administering courses, and issuing digital certifications. GIS Training online


Now if there are any folks out there who are really eager to take the course, we are offering the online GIS 101 training($150) at a heavy discount of $50 for only until July 10, 2012. The trade off here, is you need to give us a paragraph of feedback (hey we’re effectively paying you $100)  of what you liked, didn’t like, or didn’t make sense to you.  We maintain our heavy feedback oriented course philosophy, it worked to improve our in class workshop and we want to do it again for our online GIS classes. 

Just call our office at 800 762 3057 and ask for Tami. She will take registration and payment info and we will email you when the course is ready.