Happy Halloween from Nicole’s Classes!


It’s a bat, no it’s a black cat, no it’s… just everyone here at Nicole’s Classes wishing you a happy Halloween!

We have just a few items to address before we put on our costumes and stuff our faces with candy:

1) We updated our post from yesterday to include the correct Adobe Program Guide pdf download. Click here to download it now!

2) Today at 11:59pm PST is your last chance to save 35% on the new InDesign 101 class with the code INDESIGN35!

And now it’s time for candy! See you on Monday when we’ll have new desktop and mobile backgrounds for the month of November!

Nicole’s Classes Guide: Which Adobe Program Do I Use?

UPDATE: The correct pdf is now linked to by clicking on the Download It image below. Thanks!

Nicole's Classes Adobe Program Use Guide

Knowing which Adobe program to use for your specific designs is very important. Each Adobe program has unique and specific uses and selecting the wrong program could cause a myriad of problems for you including low resolution, file corruption issues and wasting your time.

So I’ve put together an easy to use downloadable cheat sheet you can reference when you are starting designs. As mentioned in the course description of my new InDesign 101 class, I cover the information on this cheat sheet and more in my new InDesign 101 class which launches in November. And you have until end of day tomorrow Friday, October 31st at 11:59pm PST to use the discount code INDESIGN35 to save 35% on this new class!

To download the Nicole’s Classes Adobe Program Use Guide cheat sheet, click the Download It! image below. Then save it your desktop or print it and hang it by your work station to have this guide handy whenever you need it!


Free Spooky Halloween Pattern!

Free Spooky Halloween Pattern

Double, double, toil and trouble; fire burn… and I have a free Halloween pattern for you! I know that doesn’t rhyme, but I’m still excited to share this free spooky seamless pattern for you to use in Illustrator! It’s perfect for your Halloween party invites, cards and more!

Click the “Download It!” button below and load the .ASE file in your swatches palette to use it.


Want to learn to design patterns like this yourself? Then you need to learn Illustrator, and you can start with my Illustrator 101 and Illustrator 102 classes today to become the graphic designer you always dreamed of being! Happy Halloween from Nicole’s Classes!

Nicole’s Classes Portfolio Production Guide

Nicole's Classes Portfolio Production Guide

I am frequently asked by my Illustrator and Photoshop students how to go about getting clients once they feel comfortable as graphic designers and photo editors. A major part of recruiting clients is the way you choose to present your design work. It isn’t just about how good your designs are, but how well you show them off.


It’s Here, It’s Here — InDesign 101 is Back!

InDesign 101 Relaunch

You read that right… it’s back! InDesign 101 is back by popular demand!

Do you want to design your own party invites, an advertisement for an event, layout a calendar, design a photo album, or create your own magazine, but don’t know where to start? InDesign 101 is the place!

I’ve re-recorded this class in Creative Cloud and packed it with lots of great new tips and tricks to teach you all about this powerful program. You will learn to create diverse layouts for both print and pdf so that you can design almost anything. I will also cover how to work with all 3 Adobe Creative Suite programs together in order to create the most overall outstanding designs. I recommend you complete the Illustrator 101 and Photoshop 101 classes in conjunction with this course so that you can have the entire creative suite at your disposal.

And now through October 31st, you can save 35% on the list price of $125 with the code INDESIGN35! Don’t miss your chance to have this versatile software demystified and open up a world of design options for you… sign up for InDesign 101 today!

Columbus Day 20% Off Sitewide Sale!


Happy Columnbus Day everyone! We’re having a 2-day site wide sale, good on all textbooks, online classes and gift certificates!

Just enter code COLUMBUS20 at checkout to save on your entire order now through tomorrow 10/14/14 at 11:59pm PST!

Illustrator 101 Student Work, Pattern Edition!

We’re back for the second week in a row with more great student work to share! This time it’s from our beginning graphic design class Illustrator 101. While we hope to relaunch a class that specifically teachers more advanced and intricate patterns in the near future, we’re so excited that our recently revamped Illustrator 101 class with Holly Hucklesby teaches pattern making. So without further ado, here are some recent amazing student pattern designs!

Our first set of designs was created by student Sofia Arnaboldi. She created a pattern as part of a logo/branding set that is just too cute. We love her pastel color choices and her use of the on-trend arrow design. Great work!

Nicole's Classes Student Work


Recent Floral Work from Instructor Chelsea Fuss


I’ve recently had the chance to collaborate with some floral designers and a flower farmer in England. It’s so inspiring to work with other designers, especially when they are growing their own product! Here are a few of my recent floral designs in collaboration with Manor Farm Cottage Flowers, Bath Flowers, and stylist Jenn Elliott Blake.


Student Work Has Returned in a Major (Floral) Way!

We know it’s been a while since we showcased student work, but it isn’t because they haven’t been consistently cranking out amazing stuff. So bear with us while we do a little catch up from the last few months of our Floral Arranging 101 class:

Our first piece is from student Elizabeth Romeril who was enrolled in our May session. She achieved a great loose shape for her English garden arrangement and we love her bright floral choices. Elizabeth said this about her Nicole’s Classes experience: “I have loved the class! I have learned so much. I would say my biggest challenge has been that in rural New England it’s harder to find the “right” flowers to use for the arrangements. With week two, I lucked out by being on vacation, and finding a larger variety of flowers, along with some greens out of the yard.” So glad you loved the class Elizabeth!

Nicole's Classes Student Work


October 2014 Free Wallpapers!


How is it October already?! While we can’t believe Halloween is right around the corner, we’re happy to be reminded every day when we look at our computers and phones adorned with the October 2014 desktop and mobile wallpapers!


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