We have received our travelin’ Euros for the upcoming trip. I love the colour of European money. The holograms are so pretty. It’s like play money in that it doesn’t look real, but it also evokes the passion I associate with travel. Having Euros in hand makes the whole thing more “real”, if that makes any sense.

Of course, being the shutterbug I am, I wanted to photograph the bills as a matter of course so I played with different configurations and ended up with the above shot.

When I had finished procressing the RAW file and went to open it in Photoshop CS3, the strangest thing happened. This message popped up saying “”This Application Does Not Support the Printing of Banknote Images”:

In doing some research, this seems to be the same for the new American bills that were recently issued.

What stikes me is that this is not a scan of the Euro notes. It’s a photograph and it doesn’t even include a complete, unobscured bill in the photo. Yet Photoshop recognized the content of the image and produced that warning and, presumably, will not print it in the unaltered form.

It only let me save the oringinal file as PNG and I have not tried to print it.

Technology is cool!

Shiny Euros
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9 thoughts on “Shiny Euros

  • December 3, 2008 at 7:34 am

    I believe that they’re working currency-recognition technology into printers and scanners as well. I hears about this a couple of years ago reading slashdot.

  • December 3, 2008 at 7:58 am

    When they criminalize printing money, only criminals will print money!!!

    Oh, wait …

  • December 3, 2008 at 9:13 am

    That’s fascinating. I wonder if the “I’m a bank note” information is encoded into that strip (hologram?) at the far right end of the note. One of your tenners has that entire strip visible.

  • December 3, 2008 at 11:57 am

    The Euros are so nicely designed — quite a contrast to the mess that the old classic greenback has become. Every time I pull out a recent bill, I gnash my teeth at the haphazard placement of graphics, fonts and colors…

  • December 3, 2008 at 9:00 pm

    Careful, Jay- you are messing with the new reserve currency for the world. Euros do look better than our new comic book funny money.

  • December 4, 2008 at 8:08 am

    And we are to presume that this will prevent counterfeiters? But it is way cool. Technology is advancing by leaps and bounds.

  • December 7, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    This is fascinating.

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