I’ve drawn an irregular shape in illustrator
and I want to know what its area is
then I want to compare it between another shape
How could I calculate its area in Illustrator (CS6 or CC)?
There’s unfortunately no way of getting the area in Illustrator (CS6/CC) natively that I know of.
You may have more luck with scripts.
I found one here that seems to work.
The code seems rather simple:
alert("Area & Length (inches)\nArea: " + (Math.abs(app.activeDocument.selection.area/5184).toFixed(3)) + "\nLength: " + (app.activeDocument.selection.length/72).toFixed(3));
You could also convert these measurements from inches to centimeters. The source page seems to go into some descriptions on how to customize it.
Getting area in CS-CS5
That being said you can look at it through an unsupported feature in CS5 and below (down to CS I believe) by clicking:
Select your path then open the
object section and look at the area read-out:
I can’t tell you how to interpret that area read-out (I’d assume points) but you can use it as a point of comparison. No pun intended.
Do be careful with this feature as it is unsupported and could cause grief.