I’m Sam Jones. Designer and owner of Sivioco.com.
I create tools and resources as well as share tips and techniques to helps designers become more efficient and effective at what they do.
Tools and resources
My premium resources alone have been downloaded over 34,000 times.
I believe the reason for their popularity is because my approach is different to most providers.
The tools and resources available from Sivioco aren’t just scraps left over from client projects that are packaged together and put up for sale. They’re carefully considered products designed to serve a purpose or solve a particular problem.
Days, weeks, and even months of work go into their design to ensure you’re getting a quality product that is not only incredibly effective but reliable and easy to use.
I also go above and beyond to make sure you get the very best out of them.
On top of that, I make a promise to all of my customers to make timely updates to my products so that they’re compatible with the latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud. That way, you don’t have to worry about updating your software and not being able to use the tools and resources you’ve purchased.
Tips and techniques
When it comes to the production stage of the design process, most of us use the same software, but we use it very differently. This is because a lot of what we learn is done so through trial and error, which means we tend to develop our own way of doing things without realizing there is potentially much better methods.
That’s why unlike most design tutorial sites, which will post tutorials that explore a variety of techniques whilst guiding you through the process of creating a finished piece of artwork, I focus on sharing specific tips and techniques that will help you to improve your knowledge of design software and discover more efficient and effective ways to create your design.
When it comes to creating grids in Photoshop, designers have long had to rely on plugins like the fantastic GuideGuide for efficiency. Now though, Photoshop comes with a similar (but slightly less powerful) feature built in, called Guide Layouts. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Guide Layouts to quickly create custom grids and save them as reusable presets.
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Photoshop to create a text effect inspired by the opening titles of Netflix’s hit show, ‘Stranger Things’. To create the effect, you’ll make use of some subtle Layer Styles and I’ll show you some cool tricks with filters that will help you to really nail it.
For a long time, whenever I built a color palette in Illustrator, I’d create Swatches for each of the colors by selecting them one at a time and clicking the New Swatch icon. At first, I didn’t think much of having to add colors one at a time—I just thought that’s the way it was done—but after doing this so many times, I began to wonder if there was in fact a better way.
It was then I discovered that it’s possible to create Swatches for multiple colors at the same time.