This Is What Happens When You Try to Photoshop Money

This Is What Happens When You Try to Photoshop Money

When you try to edit a high resolution photo of US currency in Photoshop, you’ll see the following dialog box:


The Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group (CBCDG) maintains, which provides a list of restrictions for illustrating various world currencies. Curiously, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom has no such restriction.

Why are you trying to Photoshop money anyway?


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Allen Murabayashi is the Chairman and co-founder of PhotoShelter.

There are 3 comments for this article
  1. Lawrence at 10:43 am

    The common ground between Photoshop and Lightroom is ACR. Apparently, ACR does not offer tools that concern the feds. I’ll bet that if you attempt to export from lightroom to Photoshop, you will get the notice.

    Their oversight, probably.

  2. doyle at 12:05 pm

    They started doing this at CS1 but there are work arounds. For about six years I worked at the Federal Reserve maintaining the machines used to count the money and knew all about the ways the counterfeit detection worked.

  3. PresagePro at 10:00 am

    Yes, and sometimes it also shows when trying to create or edit diplomas with a fine line borders. There is few paid templates that will not open, I use Gimp to handle if needed.

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