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Happy Holidays from Nicole’s Classes!

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Save 15% and Get Right-This-Minute Gifts!

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You? Still last minute shopping? We don’t believe it! Actually, of course we do, because so are we!

It’s crunch time for gift giving and time is running out to get those presents under the tree. If you’re still looking to for a few last minute somethings for your someone special, let Nicole’s Classes help! We have gift certificates and online classes that can be gifted in an instant. And they’re on sale…

Enter code HOLIDAY15 to save 15% on your entire purchase!

In just a few minutes, you can give the gift of learning, which won’t end up at next years White Elephant party! Happy shopping!

Free Printable Holiday Gift Tags!

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It’s crunch time for gift wrapping and Nicole’s Classes is here to help! We’ve created some easy printable gift tags to up your holiday cheer. Just print, trim and add to your favorite gift. Pro tip: printing them out on label sheets to create custom holiday stickers works well, too!

Designs were created using Illustrator and InDesign by Matthew Meikle, a graphic designer for Flight Design Co. who is also one of the instructors of our incredible Branding 101 class!

To download and print the full size gift tags, click the download it button below!

Happy holidays everyone!

More Free Holiday Wallpapers!

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Happy Holidays from Nicole’s Classes! I created these free, fun & festive holiday screensavers and phone backgrounds for you! And if you’re feeling especially industrious, it would make an adorable background for a holiday party invite!

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Photo Tutorial: Punchy Light

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite easy lighting setups I used for a collaboration with Naomi that maximizes contrast and gives an image that added punch. Getting strong contrast comes from a stronger light source. Outside, it’s the sun. In the studio, it’s a strobe without much (or any) diffusion. This lighting setup is similar to on-camera flash, but is more flattering because the light is slightly higher than the subject’s face. If you don’t have a strobe unit, you can easily use the flash off-camera with the appropriate accessories.

Naomi’s pictures were shot at home, and so were mine seen in this tutorial. It took only a 7′ x 4′ amount of space (my small kitchen nook), and I even propped the background boards up on the chair I was sitting on. The close distance of my body to the board also helped strongly illuminate the background since I was only using one light.

Get Punchy Light with One Light

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Deck Your Tech with our December 2014 Wallpapers!

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It’s the beginning of December, which means it’s time for you to deck the halls of your tech with new holiday themed desktop and mobile backgrounds! We have 6 new designs for you after the jump!

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Printable Illustrator Shortcuts, Take 2!

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Happy Thursday! Here is the fourth and final printable shortcuts for the Adobe programs that I teach, Illustrator and Photoshop.

This second Illustrator shortcuts printable (you can see the first Illustrator one here, the first Photoshop one here and the second Photoshop one here) I’ve created for you includes my final selection of must know Illustrator shortcuts. Download it, print it, and have it next to your computer to help you toggle, zoom and constrain more quickly!

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To download a free copy of the shortcuts pdf, simply click on the “Download It” link above, and save it to your computer.

It’s Last Chance Tuesday — Last Chance to Save 10%!

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Today is the last day of our daily deals… if you missed our previous sales this weekend, then this is your last chance to save at Nicole’s Classes this holiday season! We’ve held a different percentage promo every day and today is Last Chance Tuesday!

All items in our store are now 10% off!

When you enter the promo code LASTTUESDAY at checkout (and you do have to enter it!):

All online classes will be just $112.50 (regularly $125) and $292.50 (regularly $325)!
All denominations of gift certificates will be 10% off!
Our textbooks are just $9+ shipping (regularly $10 for Photoshop 101) and $36+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!

If you’ve missed our other sales (and we’re really sorry if you did!), Last Chance Tuesday is truly your last chance to save this holiday season!

Happy Last Chance Tuesday everyone!

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20% Off for Cyber Monday!

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If you missed our previous sales this weekend, you still have time to save at Nicole’s Classes! We’ve held a different percentage promo every day and today is Cyber Monday!

All items in our store are now 20% off!

When you enter the promo code CYBERMONDAY at checkout (and you do have to enter it!):

All online classes will be just $100 (regularly $125) and $260 (regularly $325)!
All denominations of gift certificates will be 20% off!
Our textbooks are just $8+ shipping (regularly $10 for Photoshop 101) and $32+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!

If you’ve missed our other daily deals (and we’re sorry if you did!), there’s still time for you to save on your entire purchase. Don’t miss out yet again — load up that cart and save 20%!

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!

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