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  • New $50 US bill available for download...

    www.moneyfactory.com -- sounds like a scam site, right? Nope, it's the official website for the US Bureau of Engraving and Printing (part of the US Treasury Dept.)!

    I looked all over the site, searching for a downloadable version of the new $50 bill which was supposed to be available to artists for use in school projects, but couldn't find a link anywhere. It's possible that it's not available yet. Per an AP wire article:

    said...
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. government will offer over the Internet low-quality images of its new $50 bill for artists, students and others who discover that their computers, scanners or printers won't allow them to view or copy pictures of the new currency.
    Keep your eyes open, and post the link here if you find it! Looks like they're going to release a medium-res version for print/ad work soon as well.

    I'm a computer systems consultant and technician, but my business is very localized.
    However, feel free to check out my site, which always has new and interesting
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  • #2
    Yeah, I'll use it for school projects...sure...

    j/k don't even spend your time trying to counterfeit these things, it's darn obvious when it's done on an inkjet.
    I will grow old but I will never grow up.

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    • #3
      www.moneyfactory.com/newmoney/

      Click on the bills to the right.


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      • #4
        I'm gonna design me some bedsheets made up of new $50's

        You've gotta do what you've gotta do.
        "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot

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        • #5
          morea said...
          I'm gonna design me some bedsheets made up of new $50's
          Don't put them in the dryer or they'll get all crispy on you.
          I will grow old but I will never grow up.

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          • #6
            Ya all have a problem if using Photoshop CS. It won't save them. Or if it does, it won't reopen them. Can't remember which. The program is reading content! Scary huh?

            PrintDriver is a large format digital print dude. His advice/opinions may not apply to the 4color/offset/web world of printing

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            • #7
              That *is* scary!

              You've gotta do what you've gotta do.
              "It's never too late to be who you might have been." - George Eliot

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              • #8
                Yeah, it's some sort of DRM for money. Looks for a visual 'code' to repeat (which is why you can't scan one of the new $20 or $50 bills in any orientation), then posts a warning. I thought this was in PS 7 as well. It's also in the new Painter, Paint Shop Pro, and Fireworks MX 2004. Pretty soon, the only editor you'll be able to use will be The GIMP (Linux/Unix/BSD/OS X)! [img]/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

                Really, though, this is no different than scanning an image encoded with DigiMark. Same basic concept, at least, and PS has been using that for years (4.0?).

                From what the AP article said, the code will go forward into the new replacement bills for everything else (I think the $100 is next). I'm waiting for someone to hack it. I'm sure it'll happen, just a matter of 'when'.

                BTW, Delete, nice catch, glad you found the link! I swear I looked for 20 minutes before just going ahead and posting the article. Their site was running like SH&* today, took 2 minutes to load a single simple page!

                I'm a computer systems consultant and technician, but my business is very localized.
                However, feel free to check out my site, which always has new and interesting
                articles on using computers:
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                Post Edited (torque2k) : 10/2/2004 2:28:49 AM GMT

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                • #9
                  Seems silly to me.
                  If I wanted to scan money, I'd just use an old version of Photoshop. Seems you could save the image as an eps and it would still open in CS. Or maybe it was a tif. It was a novelty when it happened.
                  I'm sure this is doing nothing to stop the real criminals who are doing the actual counterfeiting. It just messes up designers' days.

                  PrintDriver is a large format digital print dude. His advice/opinions may not apply to the 4color/offset/web world of printing

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                  • #10
                    Well, true, you could use the older versions of any photo editing application. But as with DigiMark, who uses PS 2.5 or 3.0 anymore? Although you can disable DigiMark, most people don't, or aren't aware you can do so. Eventually, people upgrade. The hopes are that the piddly little home printers like you and me [img]/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img] will eventually give up trying to print this stuff. The newer software will become the norm, and people will finally give up (easily). It's like locks, they're there to keep honest people honest. [img]/emoticons/dry.gif[/img]

                    Eventually, OS X won't run Classic Mode, and Longhorn will probably break apps left and right. You'll HAVE to upgrade sooner or later... [img]/emoticons/biggrin.gif[/img]

                    I'm a computer systems consultant and technician, but my business is very localized.
                    However, feel free to check out my site, which always has new and interesting
                    articles on using computers:
                    CATALYST Techworks Consulting

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