The fun part of this week’s tip is our source. Check out this energetic Photoshop tutorial from Deke McClelland.

Adobe adds algorithms to Photoshop that prevent users from opening or printing scanned money. While we’ve been aware of this feature for quite a while, it has taken on the character of an urban legend, because in a quick poll of designer clients, we couldn’t find anyone that had actually tried it.

Testing The Money Scanning Legend.

Creativetechs put on our MythBuster hats to put this claim to the test: We slapped down a fresh new $20 and scanned it into Photoshop. Presto the warning of legend:

This application does not support the printing of banknote images.

Scanning money is not illegal if you follow the rules. Visit RulesForUse.org and select a country for the limitations on using reproductions of various currency. So how can you open a scan of a $20 in Adobe Photoshop?

The answer turns out to be pretty easy: Open your scanned money in Adobe ImageReady first. Click the “switch to Photoshop” button at the bottom of the toolbox and you are back in Photoshop with your money. Easy when you know the trick.

dekePodSource: The fun part of this week’s tip is our source. Check out this energetic Photoshop tutorial from Deke McClelland: dekePod Episode 1: It’s your Money… Scan it! This is the pilot edition of Deke’s new dekePod video podcast. We’re looking forward to seeing what comes next. Want to read more about dekePod? Read an interview with Deke at O’Reily Digital Media. Or subscribe to dekePod on iTunes.

MythBusting Note: It turned out to be harder to get a screen capture of our “banknote” warning message than we originally expected. A $10 bill opened in Photoshop just fine. A $100 bill did too. It took a quick trip to the ATM to find our problematic $20 bill before we could reproduce the needed error.

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