Sinister Visions

Help Yourself

Programs, tutorials and information that can help you manage your own marketing assets.

Sinister Visions inc. uses the Adobe Creative Suite of graphic/web products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, etc.), but you may not want to spend thousands of dollars on software to make minor edits and updates to your marketing materials or website.

This page provides a number of alternatives and options, all free, and many of which Sinister Visions uses to supplement The Big Guns.

For more great resources and ideas, you should be reading on a daily basis!

DISCLAIMER: The information on this page is presented in the spirit of Making Your Life Easier. It is, of course, YOUR responsibility to research these programs and make sure they're right for you or your computer. Use at your own risk. If you don't like them, write your Congressman.







  • NVU HTML/website editing and authoring tool
  • Filezilla FTP (File Transfer Protocol) Program
  • Domain name registration and hosting
  • Website hosting
  • Website hosting
  • has a stack of free and very inexpensive programs designed to help you publish to the web with zero experience. SVi hasn't used them, but hears good things.
  • net2ftp Connect/upload/download via FTP right through your web browser

More suggestions at Creative Nerds

More stuff will be posted as it's found and as time permits...

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Sinister Visions doesn't handle printing for our clients. Why? Because we'd have to charge you for the time required to play middleman, and that's a 20th Century concept; the internet and printing technology have completely changed the face of printing in the last decade, to the extent that you no longer need your designer to play middleman.

Sinister Visions will create the files you need to get your products printed, then work directly with the printer(s) of your choice to make sure they get the files they need, in the formats that they require, and the best part is it doesn't cost you anything extra.

Don't have a printer? No problem! To the right is a list of companies with whom Sinister Visions has worked, and for whom Sinister Visions can vouch as quality printers/service bureaus. These guys do great work at reasonable prices!

And hey - if you have a great printer/vendor that you'd recommend, send us their info, as we're always on the lookout for new resources!

Posters, Postcards, Brochures, Business Cards, etc.

Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to get tons of free or heavily-discounted printing deals all year long!


Large Vinyl Banners


Renee Matthews does all my embroidery work - I can't recommend her highly enough! Email her at

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Sinister Visions clients have said...
  • “Knowledgeable, creative and most critically - prompt! Chad has the perfect skill set to create very user-friendly websites that work great and look super scary!”

    — Ben Armstrong, Netherworld Haunted House

  • “Chad has been instrumental in growing all of our trade shows by marketing our brands through amazing web designs, brochures, banner displays and t-shirt designs! Web design is so important in today's world and we credit a lot of our success to Chad for keeping our image fresh every year. Chad works around the clock to deliver the best products possible.”

    — Jen Braverman, TransWorld Trade Shows

  • “Chad is an unbelievably talented artist. The fact that he is able to take that creativity and use it to build websites that not only look good, but also work well and are reliable is just one of the reasons we've loved partnering with him over the years.”

    — Edward Douglas, Midnight Syndicate

  • “ have built and serviced three web sites for me over the past 6 years. Chad's input, design, backup and all around service are a credit to him, especially as we are based in the United Kingdom. I would not hesitate in recommending Chad and to anyone wishing for web design and creativity.”

    — Mark Edwards, Farmaggedon

  • “Chad has always been one step ahead of what's popular at the time. He continues to amaze me with his creativity and designs. We at Terror on the Fox have always used Sinister Visions, and we/I always will!”

    — Mike "Beaker" Parpovich, Terror on the Fox

  • “There is no more prolific dark web designer anywhere. If you want a successful event, then you need a Chad Savage-designed web site.”

    — Leonard Pickel, HAuNTcon

  • “Chad Savage has a command of typography that isn't seen anymore... And that's only one of his skills; he's really a pioneer in horror / haunted / fantasy corporate ID and digital design. Most of the work you see in this arena that wasn't done by him was most likely influenced by him. He's an original.”

    — Joe Sena, EMCE Toys / Cinefantastique Magazine / The Monster Channel

  • “Chad Savage delivers, in an internet world where most designers and enablers spew and wheeze far beyond their capacity. Chad views complex codings with an artist's eye ­ which makes him the real deal. He walks the walk. Hire him now before he wises up and prices himself accordingly.”

    — David J. Schow, Author

  • “I knew by hiring Sinister Visions I would get excellent results. The results were even better than expected. Thanks for exceeding my high expectations.”

    — Larry McKenzie,

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