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Eric Basir

Evanston, IL, United States

Designer (Photography)

Member since May 20, 2008

  • Photoshop’s Fall: Deciphering the Adobe Code

    Community, Audio/Visual Design


    I never thought it would happen. Not this soon. Yet, like all the great empires of yore, Photoshop—and it’s parent Adobe Systems Incorporated—is not immune to the irresistible intoxication of hubris.

    With the release of Adobe Photoshop CS4, the backbone of Photoshop has been compromised. Specifically, the workflow for millions of users has been completely usurped with the removal and introduction of some new “features.”


  • Dimensions of Color

    Education, Audio/Visual Design


    Right now, Photoshop has set the standard for color correction interfaces. But it hasn't changed. It's very 2-Dimensional. Color--reflections of light--is multi-dimensional. I am intrigued by the Lab color mode. There are graphic renditions of Lab as a 3-D dual-ended cone (see the illustrations). Yet the typical Photoshop Curves dialog box is a 1-D square with grids. I believe this begs a radical evolution for the interface.

    How and what is on the way and do you think it's going to improve the quality of our work?

    Would all of this require an entirely different type of computer? Possibly a touch-screen or something more complex along the lines of fictional technology in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

    —Eric C. M. Basir © Copyright 2008 Photo Grafix,

    Illustrations and captions from Photoshop Color by Michael Kieran

  • Test Your Color IQ

    Education, Audio/Visual Design


    Here’s a great test of your perception of color. Visit this website ( and put the squares in order according to hue. I scored 24. The best is 0 and the worst is 99. Not perfect.

    —Eric C. M. Basir

  • Saving flood-damaged photos

    Well-being, Audio/Visual Design

    Here in the Chicago, Illinois area, thousands of households have been recovering from all kinds of flooding due to heavy rainfall. Some of them have large collections of family photos and documents which were damaged.

    Once your photos are dried and sorted, we implore you to scan and archive all of them. Photo Grafix offers such a service called the Family Album Digitizing Service. This is an excellent way to preserve your originals in an easy to store and distribute manner.

    This article from provides some excellent advice for handling flood-damaged photos:

    Tips for Salvaging Flood & Water Damaged Photos

    By Albrecht Powell, When disasters hit, most people don't mourn the refrigerator or the couch. Instead, the loss of precious family photographs, scrapbooks and memorabilia is what brings them to tears. While it may seem unlikely when facing piles of soggy, mud-spattered photos, papers and other valuables, saving them may be possible by following a few simple steps.

    Saving Water-Damaged Photos Most photos, negatives and color slides can be cleaned and air-dried using the following steps:

    1. Carefully lift the photos from the mud and dirty water. Remove photos from water-logged albums and separate any that are stacked together, being careful not to rub or touch the wet emulsion of the photo surface.

    2. Gently rinse both sides of the photo in a bucket or sink of clear, cold water. Don't rub the photos and be sure to change the water frequently.

    3. If you hav...

  • Many customers have asked us if we could identify photographs they inherited from relatives or rescued from the garbage dump.

    We have also met skilled and generous people who have helped others confirm locations, dates—and sometimes—names of people in those kinds of photographs.

    The goal of Lost and Found Photos is to facilitate such connections. Those who would benefit from using this site:

    • Owners of unidentified photos • Professional and amateur Photo Identification specialists • Researchers

    This is a free service. Registration is only required for for posting photos.

    Currently, we are still in the testing phase. Regardless, we invite you to join and begin participating in this grand project!

Photo retouching must be dignified, not denegrating.

Contact Eric Basir
Photo Grafix PRO Services

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design