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

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For the record, the CS6 currency detection feature is a real headache for commercial designers and probably only the smallest of hurdles for serious counterfeiters. I work for a financial institution and I need to incorporate images of money and it's parts into my work, which is composed not only of print but of video and multimedia. I can't tell you what a headache it is that Photoshop is trying to reject these images that are so central to my work.

If I thought there was any chance that this feature might actually help prevent counterfeiting in any real way I'd be less inclined to complain, but I don't see how this can be effective. Anyone with the resources to imitate the specialty paper used in most currency will surely have no problem bending Photoshop to their will. Anyone who can't make or use the paper couldn't make a convincing bank note under any circumstances. Who, exactly, is being hindered by this feature? I'd argue it is commercial designers alone. Please rethink this nuisance nanny feature.
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You might want to talk to the US Secret Service and the Central Bank Counterfeit Deterrence Group about the actual goals of the CDS systems (which are in many imaging software apps, plus scanners, printers, copiers, etc.).

Also, that feature has been there since Photoshop CS (8.0) released in 2003.

If you need to work with currency images, please see the website for the rules on using currency images, and sources of images you can use.