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Old 12-17-2010, 02:24 AM   #1
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Default Scanner Won't Scan $20 Dollar Bill

Hi. I just purchased a brand new Canon Printer/Scanner, only to discover that it refuses to scan images of money, such as a $20 dollar bill. Now, before anyone decides to go into a rant about how such activity is illegal, let me assure you, it is not. That's right- it's not illegal to SCAN money, although it is illegal to print it out such that the final product bares likeness to real currency.

The above stated, let me also assure you that it is NOT my intention to use the scanned image of money toward the act of counterfeiting. Rather, I want to incorporate the scanned money-image into a digital art piece that I'm making in photoshop, and the images of money that are available on the internet aren't sharp enough.

My question: How do I get my Printer/Scanner to scan money? This must be an issue with the drivers, right? Is there any way to reprogram/replace them? Is this restriction on scanning money a relatively new feature in today's Printer/Scanners, and can thus be bypassed by getting an older model? What model/brand of printer/scanners allow the scanning of money, but are still new enough to offer high res and accurate colors?

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I don't think there are drivers or anything out there that flat our refuses to "scan money." (If there are, I'll eat my socks.)

Do you mean to say that when it scans the bill, it comes out with the wrong color and you can see the security strip and things? Because that's how dollars work, its a preventative measure the mint does to make sure people aren't scanning in money.

My 2 cents. Why not Google for a 20$?
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Old 12-17-2010, 08:25 AM   #3
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^ Eat your socks

The driver software won't allow it as it recognises the banknote pattern.

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The software looks for set features incorporated as a pattern into banknotes. If the pattern is detected, then the printer, copier, or software refuses to process the image.
This has been incorporated in printer/scanners since 2005 to stop forgery with hi res devices. It will either refuse or the final output will look crap.

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If you have access to a high quality digital camera, why not use that?
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I believe Photoshop will also not allow money to be edited. I have tried it with CS2 and it refused to open it.

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^ Eat your socks

The driver software won't allow it as it recognises the banknote pattern.



This has been incorporated in printer/scanners since 2005 to stop forgery with hi res devices. It will either refuse or the final output will look crap.
Whats your source? You could have made that quote up!

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Wow, thats crazy. I wonder if it's just American bills.. *runs and...wait..i dont have a scanner*
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Does it have to be actual currency? Instead, what about monopoly money?
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i googled and found good ones. $20
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Whats your source? You could have made that quote up!

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It's a long article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EURion_constellation
Adobe Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro has it written in their later software
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