Illustrator Student Work

Two student work posts in one week? We just can’t help ourselves, our students are really knocking it out of the park lately! Today, we’re sharing design work from our Illustrator based online classes and we think you’re really going to love them — read on to see them!

Advanced Illustrator student Whitney Bell designed this colorful and fun original piece. We’re amazed at all the work she put into this drawing — the children’s outfits are so detailed and adorable, the kites are so colorful and unique and even the grass is cute! We want this as a print!

Student Work Whitney Bell


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More Photography Student Work

We must sound like a broken record, but our students are really just killing it lately! Today we have some photos to share with you from our image based classes Photo 101, Tabletop Photography and Photoshop 101

First we have an image worked on by Elisabeth Barringer in our Photoshop 101 class. She first placed the kayak in this photo by duplicating it from another photo. She added the type and blended them with the water, then added a vignette to the original background image to add some dimension. Such an amazing final product!

Student Work


Lightroom vs iPhoto

Lightroom and iPhoto
I have been asked variations on the question, “Should I use Lightroom or iPhoto for organizing and editing images?” numerous times. Comparing the two is a little like comparing a go-cart to a modern car. Both are a means of transportation and will ultimately get you there, but the car (Lightroom) has a lot more features and with the proper training can achieve superior results in less time.


Last Day to Save 30% with our IHEARTNC30 Promo!


Just a reminder that you only have until 11:59pm PST tonight to enter the code IHEARTNC30 at checkout to save 30% off your order of online classes and textbooks!

Our March classes start in just over a week, so make sure to add those to your cart and learn with Nicole’s Classes next month!

Happy saving!

DIY Clouds for a Nursery

Cloud Template

I recently made these clouds from foam core and paper for a magazine shoot. Nicole’s sister Nina ended up taking them home for her nursery (she’s due in April) and here is Cole, Nicole’s little guy, testing them out. They make a great addition to a nursery or playroom and they’re easy to make. Here’s how!


Photoshop and Lightroom Student Work

It can be hard to showcase student work from our photo editing classes, as a lot of changes or additions made to a photo can seem small and not super noticeable (while still being very important). But these three student pieces today are great and drastic examples of how Photoshop and Lightroom can really take a photo and make it sing!

First, we have a super fun gif from Weslie Ching in our Photoshop 101 class. Learning to create a gif is really important for bloggers (so our PS 101 class is a must for you if you are one!), but it can also just be fun for anyone to learn to post to your Instagram or share with friends!

student work gif

Next Liz Collins from Lightroom 101 submitted this edited image for her Week 2 homework. While the first photo is a a perfectly good photo, the changes she made to it really make it pop! Great job!


And lastly we have some edited images from advanced Photoshop student Valerie Abenroth. Valerie made a ton of great touch-ups to this image, including smoothing out the rough lines in his face, removing the distracting icons on his shirt, and eliminating some of the background to make it more uniform. Great changes Valerie!

photoshop albenroth

We hope you enjoyed these awesome pieces from our photo editing students. If you want to learn how to take your images from good to great, we suggest both Lightroom 101 and Photoshop 101!

Valentine’s Winners Announced and a Discount Code!

Valentine's Day Promo

A huge thank you and a virtual hug to everyone who participated in our “I <3 NC” contest last week! It was so fun to see so much Nicole’s Classes love spread around on social media! So without further ado, the lovely winners are:

*The Grand Prize Winner of 3 free online classes and 3 to gift to someone they love is…
Intstagram user @erin_neilson who posted about the giveaway 3 times! Congrats on being the big winner!

* The Second Prize winner of 1 free online class and 1 to gift to someone they love is…
Twitter user Nicole Melvin Letts @nicolemelv who tweeted about the giveaway!

*The Third Prize winner of 2 (1 Photo 101 and 1 Photoshop 101) textbooks and 2 to gift to someone they love is…
Facebook user Liz Hill who posted about the giveaway twice!

*And though we didn’t quite make it to our new Instagram follower goal, we’re still going to give away an extra prize of 1 free online class and 1 to gift someone else. And the winner of the bonus prize is…
Instagram user @sisterssuitcasenat who posted one of our pics on her insta!

Congratulations to our awesome winners! Please email us at to claim your prizes!

But guys, we know that this means there are lots of you out there that showed us some major love and didn’t win. So starting now through Friday, February 21st at 11:59pm PST, enter the code IHEARTNC30 to save 30% off your entire order of online classes and textbooks!

We hope you have a lovely Monday! xoxo

One Day Left to Enter our Valentine’s Day Contest!

Valentine's Day Contest

First off, Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our lovely readers! We really, truly <3 you all!

Just a reminder that you have less than 24 hours to enter our “I <3 NC” contest! That means you can still enter 3 more times (via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) before 11:59pm PST tonight. All you need to do is post one of our “I <3 NC” images (which you can download and save here) to your social media account, tag @nicolesclasses and hashtag it with #iheartnicolesclasses. Easy as heart-shaped pie!

And just as a little extra incentive to share today… if we get to over 3,300 followers on Instagram (we’re at 3,170 right now!) by the time the contest ends, we’ll giveaway a few extra sets of free classes for you and a loved one! We’ll up it from 3 to 5 total prizes — pretty cool, right? So make sure you tell your friends to follow us to increase your chances of winning!

Stay tuned to the blog on Monday, when we’ll announce if we hit our Instagram goal and the names of the winners! In the meantime, get out there and spread the Nicole’s Classes love for your chance to free classes and books on us!

Lovely Student Floral Arrangements

For Valentine’s Week, we thought it was only appropriate to share some thematic student work with you this week. We hope some of you will be getting floral arrangements of your own tomorrow (hint hint to your loved ones!), but in case you don’t, enjoy these beauties from our January Floral Arranging 101 students!

Our first arrangement is from Kerri Pfeifer. This is a very unique student arrangement in that we don’t often see the addition of fruit, but like Chelsea has suggested on the blog, it’s a great way to punch up your florals in the winter! Great idea Kerri!

Floral Arranging Student Work

Floral Arranging Student Work

Our next two arrangements are both from Caitlin Clark. We love both of her submissions for different reasons — one is wild and fun and one is romantic and clean — but both have great shape and styling. Nice job Caitlin!

Floral Arranging Student Work
Floral Arranging Student Work

Want to be your own Valentine and make your own arrangements? Join our next Floral Arranging 101 class to learn how!

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