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| p.1 #7 · Photoshop PS6 wont allow working on currancy images |
Ever since (I think) Photoshop v7, Adobe has been cooperating with the Treasury Department here in the U.S. and with the European banking system in a misguided effort to prevent forgeries. The newer currencies from most countries contain an almost invisible to the naked eye pattern of dots that is recognized by software that Adobe and other companies embed in their products.
The workarounds at the time were to use older currencies in your images that needed them, use ImageReady (remember that) to open your file and then shunt it over to Photoshop, or use an older version of Photoshop.
So, while this might help prevent some ambitious teenager from printing out a bunch of loot on the family's inkjet, it's probably not going to do squat to a professional.
Unfortunately, this heavy handed approach make completely legitimate currency reproduction difficult or impossible. If you go to the U.S Treasury website, there are very specific guidelines to using images of currency that have nothing at all to do with counterfeiting but are now effectively prohibited even though they are legal.
If you're photographing currency, whether you trigger the block depends on how much of the bill you see, how big it is in the frame and what angle it's at.
I'm not by any means an anti government person, but this is a perfect example of overreaching bureaucrats limiting legitimate use of legal tools to do legal things. Complete b.s in my opinion.