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thornysarus's picture
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The Money-Shot... :)

Ok... I was designing a credit card for a new client using provided, hi-res photos of a pile of US Currency when I got this error:

[img]http://www.e-zign.com/dropbox/wtf.jpg[/img]

After doing a little research, it seems that Photoshop CS has an algorithm built-in that recognizes images of various currency and will prevent you from accessing the image.

My first reaction was "WTF Mate?" :)

You can read more about it [url=http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=04/01/08/0111228&mode=thread]here.[/url]

To save you all some time, here's the workaround:

1. Open the banknote image with ImageReady (fortunately, ImageReady does not have the same banknote protection as photoshop)
2. Go to File > Edit in Photoshop
3. Viola. The image loads in Photosohp without being checked.

Happy Counterfeiting!

Terry

Terrell Thornhill

e-zign Design Group

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Jammo's picture
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I have to admit, that is pretty damn funny that you get messages like this.
Its good to see they have these sort of features built in, I'm all for sticking to the law!

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Fuelrock's picture
78 pencils

That's pretty amazing that it can recognize something like that. It kind of makes you wonder how well other things can be recognized as well.

If I ever need to work with images of money I'll know what to do now

thornysarus's picture
930 pencils

Today it's forbidding us from accessing (legal) images of currency. Tomorrow it may be corporate logos, images of celebrities....

Big Brother's in the hizzle, y'all. :)

Terrell Thornhill

e-zign Design Group

sugar's picture
38 pencils

You bad person, trying to pass off fake banknotes as "client design".

:P

Interesting and peculiar fact. Thanks for letting us know!

thornysarus's picture
930 pencils

That's "Mister" Bad person, to you. Thank you very much. ;)

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Jammo's picture
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sugar's picture
38 pencils

Ermmm...ok... *shrugs with respect*

mck's picture
0 pencils

Yup that's old news...time to down-grade for counterfeiters (Photoshop 7 doesn't do this). ;) Nice work around though...

Waleed's picture
540 pencils

Interesting, thanks for sharing..
I'm sure Adobe would include the same checking algorithm in ImageReady now that you wrote about it, hehe :)

johnbeardy's picture
16 pencils

When I found this I tried with a variety of European currencies too. Some were already scanned but I also tried to scan others directly into Photoshop. I also tried flipping images horizontally in other editing programs. Damn clever, Photoshop rejected almost all of them. But you've got to wonder where this is going?

Flub-Dub's picture

and now try to think how much computing power is eating that "feature".

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alexleonard's picture
123 pencils

Every time you open up any image, photoshop goes through an algorithmic equation to see if it's a banknote or not.

That's not cool.

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Ivan's picture

I can see a hack that disables this feature and makes PS open files like twice as fast.

mgause's picture
2 pencils

In CS2 you can open images of currency, but you can't print them unaltered (you'll get a white sheet of paper). On top of that you can get special images of currency in digital form from your federal bank (at least this is possible in Germany) that are printable even in unaltered version in CS2 -- but Photoshop CS wouldn't open the same images.

thornysarus's picture
930 pencils

I originally posted a reply and then edited it (to this) because I realized you were talking about CS2. Never mind.

My bad... :)

Terrell Thornhill

e-zign Design Group

Ivan's picture

I remember reading about it, but never tried it. Amazing.

PIMPTRIX's picture
264 pencils

All securities can be bypassed as long as they are on a computer.

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secretrobot's picture
3 pencils

The latest designs of various currencies (both U.S. and other notes) is the use of the EURion Constellation. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EURion_constellation

netsighting's picture
4 pencils

I seem to be able to scan images in though, even if I can't open them.

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jbelkin's picture
4 pencils

What's more chilling is that if you go to the Treasury Dept website, it clearly points out you CAN scan in and "re-produce" currency as art as long as you do not do both sides, do not use the entire currency and of course, the obvious - do not attempt to use as real currency. This might be different for Europe and other places but clearly Adobe would rather kiss gov't ass than ours - after all, after we break the plastic wrap on software - it's non returnable.

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