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Photoshop CC won't edit pictures of money, and newspapers need to be able to

New Here ,
Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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I work at a newspaper. Sometimes the AP sends us photos with money in them that we want to use in our editions. Photoshop CC has an anti-counterfeiting routine in it that keeps it from opening these pictures. Can a "newspaper" plug-in be created that will let people who legitimately need to edit pictures of money do it?

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Adobe Community Professional , Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015
Work-arounds exist, if I remember correctly on a Mac one can open the files with Preview and save as either psd or tif – one of those would then open in Photoshop. Check out this thread: Photoshop: Why can't I open pictures of paper currency?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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Work-arounds exist, if I remember correctly on a Mac one can open the files with Preview and save as either psd or tif – one of those would then open in Photoshop.

Check out this thread:

Photoshop: Why can't I open pictures of paper currency?

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LEGEND ,
Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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I doubt it, because it would leave the newspaper and be in the hands of counterfeiters before the morning was over.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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See this link:

currency editing

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LEGEND ,
Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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I think you are mistaken. I just took a shot of a 50 dollar bill by itself and with other object in the frame. PS CC 2015.1 opens RAW image fine and saves the RAW file as a TIF.

Trying to open the same images from the JPG I do get a warning but if there are any other object in the frame no such warning and the JPG opens fine.

So what is the exact reason for your post. If these AP photos have any other subjects, objects, in them PS will open them. It is only images of money itself and only JPGs that PS won't open.

P1000211.JPG

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New Here ,
Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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It's happened to me twice. The first time, the picture was of a $10 bill being held with two hands, with the whole bill in the picture. That was about a week ago, and I was thinking "the whole bill is in frame, maybe it just can't see the hands."

Last night's picture had some other stuff in frame BUT only about a quarter of the bill was in frame. It wouldn't open that picture either. These things arrive as JPG, so "you can do it in Camera Raw" isn't much help.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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You can open a jpg in Camera raw... did you try that?

Melissa Piccone | Adobe Certified Instructor | Adobe User Group Manager

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Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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Jul 23, 2015 Jul 23, 2015

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Just tried it with a $1 and a $20 -- no problems loading, resizing and printing (b&w).

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

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good lord, why are there so many responses like this? just because it doesn't happen to you doesn't mean it doesn't happen to other people. this is obvious.

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The warning dialog that comes up when you open currency images has the link for information on how you can legally use currency images.

If you work with currency images, you should already know this stuff.

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New Here ,
Sep 12, 2016 Sep 12, 2016

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I'm a fellow graphic designer.

I may have figured out a solution..

I took my PSD document and opened it up in Illustrator.
A popup window asks if you want to keep the layers or flattening it.

Click "Flatten the image" and it will open. I just printed a PDF and as well as exported it as a JPEG.

(Moderator's note: Crop your ad to the currency if you want to show your work. Advertising a business is not allowed in any of Adobe's forums.)

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Community Beginner ,
May 24, 2017 May 24, 2017

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CMS is right!

Bring image to illustrator, open new photoshop canvas Paste image from AI file et voilá you are in your way to glory.

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New Here ,
Jul 23, 2021 Jul 23, 2021

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Thank you! Genius! 
I did put mine in illustrator  - saved as illustrator file - opened the file in photoshop - no issues. 

GENIUS! Thank you!

 

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New Here ,
Mar 15, 2018 Mar 15, 2018

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Had the same problem. Best workaround for me was to:

1. Place the image in Illustrator

2. Make a WHITE BOX over the money and place it on it's own layer

3. Export as a high-res layered rgb PSD file

Opens in Photoshop with no problems, turned off the white box and exported my flattened jpg. However, I had to keep a psd version of the image with the white box over the money turned on to be able to open it again. Still wouldn't open the flattened jpg with the full view of the money even after all that. Extremely annoying!!

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Mar 15, 2018 Mar 15, 2018

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Community Beginner ,
Aug 10, 2018 Aug 10, 2018

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I was able to open it in PREVIEW on a Mac, and export as a PDF. Photoshop allowed me to use the PDF.

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New Here ,
Aug 16, 2018 Aug 16, 2018

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I recognize why this is a big deal- money shouldn't be counterfeited, but the US Gov't allows artists to use images of money as long as it meets a few criteria, such as being single sided, and larger or smaller than the actual bill.  Youy would think Photoshop would have a way to allkow an artist to do what the government allows without jumping through so many hoops.

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New Here ,
Apr 27, 2020 Apr 27, 2020

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This is massivly stupid. it's not photoshops business to babysit what people do with it. It's not adobe's business, either. 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 01, 2020 May 01, 2020

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FYI, Adobe implemented Counterfeit Deterrence Technology in Photoshop nearly 20 years ago because they were asked to do so by the world's central banks. So it's been there for a couple of decades.

https://helpx.adobe.com/photoshop/cds.html

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New Here ,
May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021

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I've been editing money in Photoshop for more than a couple of decades and have never had a problem opening money.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 07, 2021 May 07, 2021

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Good to hear.


Which version of Photoshop? What kinds of images? Which currency or currencies do you edit? Got any examples you can post? What do you do with the images?

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Community Beginner ,
Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

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Just because it hasn't happened to you doesn't mean it doesn't happen. I found this thread because I've tried 59830583 ways of opening a pattern of bills for a t-shirt design. Don't be dense.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 03, 2021 Jun 03, 2021

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Who are you responding to @G5EBC ?

 

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Just because it hasn't happened to you doesn't mean it doesn't happen.

 

What doesn't happen?

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