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While designing some personal stuff, I encountered troubles copy-pasting a banknote image into Photoshop CS2.

I saved a Dollar bill from the web to my desktop, but trying to open it, even copy-pasting it into Photoshop, I get this warning:

This application does not support printing of banknote images. You can open and edit this image but you will not be able to print it as is. For more information, select the information button below for Internet-based information on restrictions for copying and distributing banknote images or go to rulesforuse.org.

I opened the image with another editor, re-saved it and no success.

I tried with another image from Wikipedia and it worked.

I searched for an explanation and what i found so far is EURion rings. Maybe there are other algorythms.

The EURion constellation is a pattern of symbols incorporated into a number of banknote designs worldwide since about 1996. It is added to help imaging software detect the presence of a banknote in a digital image. Such software can then block the user from reproducing banknotes to prevent counterfeiting using colour photocopiers. Research shows that the EURion constellation is used for color photocopiers and is likely not used for computer software.

Now I know why this happens, but does anyone know how to bypass this Photoshop security, asside installing viral patches?

Other references:

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Have you tried editing the image in something like GIMP or Paint.NET? They might let you open the image so you can modify the EURion rings. –  snowdude Dec 31 '13 at 10:25
    
Hi, no i did not try those softwares. I will give a try. Thanks –  Milche Patern Jan 3 '14 at 19:56
    
Your question is ambiguous. First you say you save as a file to the desktop and open it, then you say 'copy-paste'. These are two different things. Which is it? Edit your question –  Jan Doggen Nov 20 '14 at 14:05
    
Also, as seen from comments below the EURion rings are probably not the cause. You imply they are. –  Jan Doggen Nov 20 '14 at 14:07

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One thing you can try is to crop or embed the image in a much larger image and work from there. One of the researchers into EURion and related shows that taking such images and then cropping them very slightly can cause the software to "err on the side of false negatives".

Source: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~sjm217/projects/currency/

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i love this. Digging in, i come back later, thanks –  Milche Patern Dec 31 '13 at 8:39
    
It did not work. I could find another safe image (without the EURion dots) so i could finish my theme. –  Milche Patern Jan 3 '14 at 19:32

Well, self answering about how to bypass Adobe counterfeit deterrence system (CDS)

Use adobe photoshop 5 or older versions that are not part of the Creative Suite series.

This situation lead me to more 'security' features from imagery software. Sexually explicit images displaying young people face can be also blocked. I could read an article about a company which had a legitimate authorization from UK government to reproduce banknotes for artistic reasons but could not get from Adobe another answer than 'No, you are not authorized'.

All patchez I could read about on the internet were viral and/or dangerous.

(hint for future generations of artists : keep your legacy softwares safe)

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I'll go you one better: use open source software ( GIMP ) so you are not chained to whatever idiotic things Adobe wants. –  psusi Dec 21 '14 at 15:08
    
that was usefull, thanks –  Milche Patern Dec 22 '14 at 9:17

Edit the image to remove the EURion. I suggest overwriting that portion with "SAMPLE SAMPLE SAMPLE" so that nobody accidentally attempts to spend it.

And yes I am being a little bit snarky. Banknotes are not just copyright they are made hard to copy for good reason, and you had better have an equally good reason for making a high-fidelity copy.

If it isn't the EURion which is a problem then likely putting "SAMPLE" across the image, or blurring it, will break whatever watermark is being used.

It's hard to think of any purely personal application where producing a high-fidelity copy of a banknote is necessary. But if you have legitimate (e.g. academic research) reasons, you might try using the GIMP.

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You didn't read the Wikipedia article pointed to in the question, which clearly explains that Photoshop doesn't use the constellation in the first place. –  JdeBP Dec 31 '13 at 11:01
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@JdeBP, no, I didn't. The question itself said that it was because of EURion. –  Ben Dec 31 '13 at 11:34

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