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    Alright, I have a nearly finished map, and now I need to measure the area (in square miles) of certain regions. I have a scale, and I even know how many square miles each pixel is on my map (about 17 square miles), but I can't find a tool in photoshop to give me a pixel count.

    Does anyone know of a trick to measure areas in irregular shapes?

    Thanks. Here's my country shape, with a scale (in miles) if anyone thinks they can offer advice. I'll probably have to cut triangles out of it since I know how to measure the area of triangles. Being a little off won't be that big of a deal.
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    In Photoshop IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE will give you the total # of pixels for the entire image, I don't know how (if it's even possible) to get the # of pixels in a selected area.
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    it come up before :-

    Looking For Free Area Calc Software?!

    read to the bottom as the process gets easier and easier as we worked out better ways to do it. If you using Gimp then Rob wrote a script to do it - as he always does

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    I don't think its ridiculously odd, I think its keen and insightful and shows a brilliant mind and attention to detail - I asked the same question last June...

    The cheap and cheerful way is to download a copy of paint.net. This is actually a very flexible free graphic editor, but for this you want its selection tool. Open your image in the program select the area and look at the lower left corner of the screen --- # of square pixels.
    You can select for contiguous areas or draw with a lasso type tool.

    http://www.getpaint.net/

    Other solutions exist but mostly cost money. The downside, I think, is that pixels are wider than they are tall some other methods report different area.

    Autocad has an area calculator that seems to consistently report bigger numbers.
    Creative Cartographer (another cad based app) also has an area calculator.
    Gimp and Photoshop both give you information in their Histogram window that can help you calculate # of pixels - best refer to link....

    Looking For Free Area Calc Software?!

    Finally for a nuts and bolts example here is a thread on the Harn site Lythia.com that has people solving the problem with Autocad.

    http://www.lythia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=10067
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redrobes View Post
    it come up before :-

    Looking For Free Area Calc Software?!

    read to the bottom as the process gets easier and easier as we worked out better ways to do it. If you using Gimp then Rob wrote a script to do it - as he always does
    Sorry RR - I can't take the credit for that one

    Isomage cobbled together the gimp script that can calculate the area and perimeter of a selection:

    Gimp script: Selection area finder

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    Oh yes sorry Isomage

    Rob, your reputation as 'the scriptmeister' was preceding you there. We have about 3 or 4 Gimp scripters now then - which is very cool.

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    This may have been covered in the post from a few months ago, but I figured I'd post it anyway...

    If you use the magic wand tool in PS and then click on the histogram tab, it will display the total number of pixels in the selected area.
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    Awesome. Thanks everyone for the replys. The Histogram trick will be what I'll use.

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    Excellent. Now, if someone could come up with an easy way of calculating continent-size areas on a globe ...

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    Get a scale that can measure very precisely. Print out map. Cut out area in question. Weigh.
    Cut out a square of measured size out of same paper and weigh.

    Do the math

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