Shadows and Highlights with RAW Files

Shadows & Highlights

One of the main benefits of shooting RAW is you can take full advantage of the adjustments in Lightroom. The basic Exposure adjustment slider is fairly self explanatory and quite intuitive as you experiment with Lightroom. If you make it brighter, the entire image will be brighter, and if you make it darker, the entire image will be darker. The Shadow and Highlight adjustment sliders can be incredibly helpful and I want to share how I like to use them.


New Graphic Design Student Work

Happy Friday everyone! We have some amazing graphic design student work to share with you, including our first piece from our recently revamped and better than ever Illustrator 101 class! Without further ado, here’s what some of our students have been creating lately…

First up, we have these cool camping icons from Maegan Steele in our Illustrator 101 class. We adore the designs and illustrated elements she added… we can’t wait to see what you create next Maegan!
Maegan Steele Student Work


5 Must Read Floral Books

5 Must Read Floral Books

I often get asked to recommend flower books. Here are a few of my favorites. Many are very old favorites while others are new publications by up and coming designers. I hope you enjoy!


Student Work — Photo Friday Edition!

Happy Friday everyone! For today’s post, we’re focusing on the amazing work our photo and photo editing students are doing in class! Read on to see their top notch creations:

First up we have another great piece from Tabletop Photography student Marcelle Calder. Her donut pictures were a huge hit the last time we featured her, so we thought we’d include one more delicious image from her. The exposure and composition on this image is excellent, not to mention the styling. Great job!

Marcelle Calder Student Work


4 Inspirational Sites

4 Inspirational Sites

For my first blog post (and my first month as instructor of the Illustrator 101 class), I wanted to share a bit about where I find design inspiration. The internet is a fantastic resource for inspiration when you are starting a project or just want to get some design stimulation.

The 4 sites that I regularly visit are:  This is a great place to discover design of all kinds, I love that you can search the website for anything and everything and you can also sign up for an account to save everything that you love.  This website is fantastic for web and interactive design inspiration. I often find there aren’t many places to source inspiring digital design so I go straight to this site!  This is quite easily one of my favorite sites of all time! This is a curation of some of the best packaging design ever created and what I really enjoy is that there are write-ups on each project. Even if you are not doing a packaging project of your own, you should still visit this site as there are great ideas for logos, pattern creation and more inspiring designs.  This is a one stop shop for some of the best fonts created in the industry. You can try them all for free and I really would encourage you to buy some fonts and build up your own collection. I could spend hours on this site exploring all the different and wonderful fonts they showcase!

Chats Are Back!

Chats Are Back!

Did you hear the news? Nicole’s Classes online live chats are back for all of our online courses!


Last Day to Save 15% with Code NCMOMSDAY!


We know some of you still have gifts to buy for those special ladies in your life (we’re not judging!), which is why our Mother’s Day sale extends through tonight at 11:59pm PST. You have until then to enter NCMOMSDAY at checkout to save 15% on all online classes, books and gift certificates!

Don’t miss the chance to give her the gift of learning with Nicole’s Classes!

Cinco de Mayo Contest Winners!

Cinco de Mayo Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered our Cinco de Mayo contest! Without further ado, the winners are:


Moms Love Learning — Give the Gift of Nicole’s Classes!

Mother's Day Promo

Mother’s Day is this weekend, and if you’re like us, you might still have some shopping to do for those special ladies in your life. Don’t stress, let Nicole’s Classes help you!


May Classes are in Bloom!

May 2014 Classes

That’s right, lots of our May classes started this week and there’s still time to join!

Visit our list of online classes and let us teach you something new this month!

And don’t forget you have until 11:59pm PST tonight to enter our Cinco de Mayo social media contest — don’t miss your chance to win free Nicole’s Classes stuff and the opportunity to potentially collaborate with us on a design project!

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