It makes perfect sense when you think about it, but since the death of actor Leonard Nimoy sparked a surge in Canadians ‘Spocking’ banknotes (altering the visage of former Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier to resemble the character), writer Jillian Steinhauer discovered that Photoshop won’t play along.
The software brings up a dialog box to inform the user that ‘This application does not support the editing of banknote images.’ Drag the image above to a recent version of Photoshop and you’ll encounter the same message. Adobe’s Counterfeit Detection System has been in place since Photoshop CS.
The information tab takes the user to a currency counterfeit information site that states;
Every country has legal restrictions on the reproduction of banknote images. The counterfeiting of currency is a crime, and while restrictions vary from country to country, in some countries, any reproduction of banknote images – even for artistic or advertising uses – is strictly forbidden. Even in countries that allow some limited use of banknote images, there are specific rules and requirements. This website will provide you with information about reproducing banknote images and links to country-specific websites for further guidance.
I’m sure most of us have returned home at some point to realise that a bill received in change is worthless, so it’s heartening to know Adobe are taking steps to prevent their own software being used for criminal purposes. Many banknotes however, even those without a fetching Star Trek makeover do slip the net. Read Ms. Steinhauer’s article here for more information on her findings with different currencies and denominations.
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