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QGIS for Beginners #1: QGIS 3 Orientation. +Free 181p eBooks

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QGIS tutorial: Navigate the interface. Create a shaded Thematic Map. Learn GIS basics, geospatial analysis & geography

What you'll learn:
  • TWO FREE eBOOKS: 111 pages (intro to QGIS 3) & 70 pages (map presentation in QGIS 3) of screen captures and explanations.
  • QGIS tutorial: Learn to use QGIS 3 - the Beginner Basics. PLUS (Aug 2021) How to present a map
  • GIS Generics: How to open QGIS maps and QGIS air photos. And change their appearance.
  • QGIS 3 Project Files: Recreate screen environments from days, months or even years ago.
  • Thematic map: Shaded GIS Map creation.
  • Thematic map colour scheme: How to choose a color scheme for your maps so they're more likely to tell their story.
  • Create a time-series (shaded) Thematic map.
  • How to validate Geospatial data: Why it is important to validate GIS mapping and how to go about doing it.
  • Understand the relationship between a GIS map and the table that lies behind it.
  • Understand Geospatial conceptually: Why maps have limitations. Why GIS maps are rich Geospatial databases. What is map overlay. What are the 4 GIS map objects.
  • Map interpretation: The shapes, colors and other visual clues in GIS maps and air photos can be surrogates for socio-economic and environmental information.
  • Map presentation: How to find your way around the QGIS layout
  • Map presentation: How to insert maps and inset maps / locator maps
  • Map presentation: How to add legends, scale bars, north arrows
  • Map presentation: How to use layout templates
  • Map presentation: How to design maps that are easy to understand
  • Map presentation: How to export geotiff, SVG and geopdf files. And metadata to accompany them.
  • Map presentation: Learn the power of a geopdf in adobe acrobat
  • Map presentation: How to use variables in text descriptions, and a cheats way to format them in html.

QGIS 3.4, Accurate Captions, 111 Page eBook (intro to QGIS), 70 Page eBook (map presentation), HD Video & High Quality Audio.

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Have you been trying to learn to use QGIS without any luck?

You have looked for QGIS tutorials around the web but the information you find is incomplete, often out-of-date and narrow in its focus.

That’s understandable because the best GIS training is usually for expensive commercial GIS’s and the lessons for the FREE, equally functional, QGIS 3 are mostly written by volunteers.

In "QGIS tutorial for Beginners #1: Orientation. +Free 111p eBook " I teach you the beginners basics of QGIS using HD videos, free eBook and teaching dataset, Step-by-Step Follow-Along style.

It is as simple as watching the videos on your computer, referring to the eBook resource if you need to, and following along with the exercises using the FREE QGIS 3 Software

Start now and you'll learn to use QGIS in no-time. You could be working on your own QGIS project this time tomorrow!

Imagine what would be like to have your own GIS maps on your own computer and under your control.

Enrol in my QGIS tutorial now and dip your toes in the water of one the most popular GISs ever - QGIS 3. As your instructor I will use my 24+ years of GIS consulting, research and teaching to guide you in your first QGIS steps.

Let me remove the pain of stumbling and fumbling as you muddle through your daily GIS mapping tasks. Using videos, downloadable 111 Page eBook and teaching datasets, I start you off with the basics of QGIS, Step-by-Step Follow-Along style, and build on them so you can create your first Thematic map.

At completion of this QGIS tutorial you will have mastered the most-used QGIS tools. You will emerge with the confidence to complete basic Geospatial tasks in QGIS and the skills to quickly advance to intermediate level Geospatial projects.

QGIS tutorial for Beginners #1: Orientation. +Free 111p eBook will teach you…

  • Generic GIS mapping functionality: How to open, navigate and interpret GIS maps and air photos, and change how they look on screen.

  • The basics of Geospatial analysis.

  • QGIS Thematic map creation: Create your first shaded thematic map. I show you a simple way to find a colour scheme for any Thematic map. I also talk about why it can be important to generalize Geospatial data for some audiences.

  • QGIS time-series Thematic map creation: I show you a simple technique that even QGIS beginners can use to demonstrate "change" in a map theme over time. We'll compare Land Use maps interpreted 28 years apart.

  • I show you that the shapes and colours in GIS mapping and GIS air photos can be surrogates for both socio-economic and environmental information: Why visual clues such as block size, watercourse shape and even vegetation condition reveals all sorts of valuable information. These techniques are not even on the radar of many GIS technicians.

  • Geospatial data validation: Why it is important to validate GIS mapping and how to go about doing it.

  • Understand GIS conceptually: Why maps have limitations. Why GIS maps are also rich databases. What is map overlay. What are the four GIS map objects.

  • Understand the relationship between GIS mapping and the tables that lies behind it.


This step-by-step follow-along style introduction to the QGIS layout is a qgis tutorial that will have you creating maps for theses, presentations and reports in no time. There's also a free 70 page eBook.

In part 1 you'll download and install the practice dataset. Then you'll learn basic map design principles.

In part 2 you'll learn how to navigate the QGIS layout, and insert a map and an inset map / locator map, legend, scale bar, and arrange them so that your map is easy for your audience to interpret. Templates will help you create maps faster.

In part 3 you’ll learn how to add text and variables to a layout.

In part 4 you’ll learn how to export your layout into other applications (SVG, geotiff and geopdf). Most of this section is spent on geopdf export. A geopdf is a special type of pdf that includes spatial and attribute information that can be read by adobe acrobat reader. This qgis tutorial is worth doing for the geopdf section alone!

You will learn how to . . .

  • Add a map to a layout

  • Put a frame around a map and format it

  • Add a scalebar

  • Add a north arrow

  • Use the layout manager to add, delete and rename layouts

  • Align objects

  • Add a legend

  • Create a template from a layout

  • Add an inset map / locator map

  • Add text to your layout (including variables and a cheats way of formatting html)

  • Export your map

    • Print at correct scale

    • Geotiff, geojpg and Scalable Vector Graphic (SVG)

    • Geopdf files for viewing in acrobat reader.

    • Setup metadata and map themes that flow through to geopdf and SVG files

If you've been thinking about learning QGIS, this qgis tutorial will get you creating maps for you thesis, presentation or report fast. Why wait any longer? Scroll to the top of this page, click the BUY NOW button and start today!

My name is Ian Allan. While doing my post-graduate research, I co-authored (world top 100) Monash University’s first two GIS courses. In those courses I taught Grid Cell GIS and Vector GIS to both Undergraduate and Graduate students.

I have authored and co-authored fifteen peer reviewed publications. I have worked professionally as a GIS researcher, taught GIS to thousands of students, and worked as a GIS consultant on projects as diverse as the following…

· United Nations: Post tsunami strategic planning in Banda Ache

· Australian Federal Government: National Broadband strategic assessment.

· Victoria Australia’s Department of Premier and Cabinet: Housing affordability modelling.

· Local Government: Environmental sustainability modelling for planners,

· Water industry: Buried water pipe condition modelling. Ease-of-digging modelling. 3d landscape modelling.

For the past 24 years I’ve been a GIS researcher teacher and consultant. Over 5400 students have enrolled in my Udemy GIS courses. Here’s what some of my students say about my teaching style…

Caesar says: It was a very good class, just what I needed to get familiar with QGIS.

Carina says: “Perfect course to whom have never used… QGIS! Very detailed on the explanations and really generous additional materials to study.”

Brian says: "It was very thorough and comprehensive… Ian also covered aspects of GIS Analysis - which increases your learning and appreciation of the capabilities of how powerful the GIS tool can be"

Umar says: "Ian is vast and knowledgeable in what he teaches. I would do another course by Ian if he offered it"

Nathan says: "Really great introductory-level course! The examples were simple to follow, but also very useful. All the work can be finished while watching the videos, there was no extra work to be done without guidance. I really look forward to the next course by this instructor. - Cheers and well done!"

Boojhawon says: "Simple and very clear lectures with the minimum basics/backgrounds to get a taste of what awaits us further and also making us think of what we can do more."

SRIJON says: “I have experience in using ArcGIS. I needed the QGIS taste for which I took this. If anybody who has little experience in GIS will love the 'Techniques and Tips' parts, which are very clearly and elaborately described, which will greatly help to be a GIS interpreter. And I love the line "Don't just be a tourist." It should be the tricky line between a GIS analyst and a technician. The course will help me in my future works.”

Here’s what you get…

  • FREE eBook: 111 pages of screen captures and explanatory text to compliment the QGIS tutorial videos.

  • A zip file of the QGIS teaching dataset I use in the videos: Extract these and follow-along with me in the videos.

  • 2.5 hours of QGIS tutorial videos: In the videos I show you how to navigate QGIS, create a shaded Thematic map, create a shaded Thematic map time-series, and how to think like a Geospatial analyst.

  • You get to eavesdrop as I work: Gain insights into how to create a Thematic map in QGIS. These are insights that only experienced Geospatial analysts have. Insights you would otherwise likely overlook or possibly never otherwise grasp.

Try this QGIS tutorial risk free. If within 30 days you are not satisfied with the course for any reason, return it for a 100% refund. The dataset and eBook are yours to keep!

Be sure to click on the "Add to cart" button on the top right corner of this page.

All the QGIS tutorials in my QGIS tutorials For Beginners series have been developed by me over the last 24 years. All the techniques and concepts I teach have been proven in the research and consulting environments during that time.


Q. English is not my native language. Does this QGIS tutorial have captions?

A. Yes. High quality ones too! Almost all the videos have captions that are generated from transcriptions (unlike other Udemy captions that are auto-generated and prone to error).

Q. Your QGIS tutorial does not use ARC. Does this matter?

A. No, it does not matter. I teach you the basics of GIS mapping in a way that’s applicable to ALL GIS software, even Arc.

Q. I have no experience with QGIS. Does that matter?

A. No previous GIS or QGIS knowledge is assumed.

Q. I am worried that this QGIS tutorial will be like many other technical courses - abstract and hard to follow.

A. All exercises are deliberately based on the type of practical every-day GIS problems that I encounter day-to-day in my GIS consultancy. All my QGIS tutorial for Beginners courses use datasets covering the same area - Yarmouth in Massachusetts. That means that for each of my (now four) QGIS tutorials, from QGIS tutorial to QGIS tutorial, you get to understand that the value and usefulness of maps over an area increases as more maps are added. Download the teaching dataset and follow-along with the videos.

Q. What Work Materials are there to support the QGIS tutorial?

A. A 111 page eBook with screen captures and explanations to compliment the videos, and a zip file containing the same teaching dataset I use in the videos.

Q. Do I need to purchase software to do this QGIS tutorial?

A. No, there is no need to purchase software. We’ll use the FREE QGIS 3. In follow-along videos, I show you how to download and install this.

Q. I want to buy this QGIS tutorial today, but I don’t have time to do the course right now. How long do I have access to the course for?

A. You have Unlimited Lifetime Access to the course (including future upgrades)

Q. What if I decide this QGIS tutorial is not for me.

A. I offer an unconditional, no-questions-asked full 30-day money-back guarantee!

Q. If I have a problem, can I ask questions?

A. Yes. I welcome questions. I enjoy helping my students. Questions also help me improve this QGIS tutorial. Its best to use the Q&A area for this.

Be sure to click on the Add to cart button on the top right corner of this page.

I look forward to seeing you inside!


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