Photoshop Won’t Let You Work with Images of Currency?
Adobe’s Photoshop has a built in counterfeit deterrence system designed to prevent users from accessing images of currency. When the Photoshop detects an attempt to access a currency image, it displays a warning message and directs the user to a website with information on international counterfeiting laws.
Am I the only one bothered by this?
Many banknote designs around the world, contain a pattern of symbols known as EURion Constellation, which helps software easily detect when a currency image is being used. Adobe’s Photoshop and many printers and scanners have taken it upon themselves to block operations when this pattern is recognized. When I read of this I was skeptical, so of course the first thing I did was fire up the scanner, booted up Photoshop and gave it a try. Sure enough upon hitting the “scan” button this is what popped up on my desktop:
Now, intellectually I understand what they are trying to do here but on an emotional level, this kind of pissed me off. I felt accused somehow and at the same time I resented the constrains being forced upon me as if Adobe feels that we aren’t capable of governing our own decisions. I’m offended by this. Especially when the system can be thwarted so easily by: cutting and pasting a banknote image from another graphics utility into Photoshop or saving a banknote image in an earlier version of Photoshop and then opening it in Photoshop CS (if you know a way to permanently circumvent this in PS, I’d like to hear it).
We are professionals for crying out loud and some times editing currency is required, be it for graphics or props or art. I know I’m taking this a little too personally but the bottom line is:
I don’t like constraints forced upon me. Do you?
via [PetaPixel], [Reddit]
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