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!


Last Day to Save 30% Off Branding 101!


Today is the last day to save 30% off our new Branding 101 class (read more about this exciting class here). And today only, through 11:59pm PST on 9/30/14, the code is also good on the pre-requisite class Illustrator 101!

So if you’ve been wanting to take your own business’ brand to the next level or wanting to design logos for clients, don’t miss your chance to get these classes for a steal!

Nicole’s Classes is Sponsoring the Playful Book Launch Party!


Nicole’s Classes is proud to be a major sponsor of the release party for Merrilee Liddiard’s (of the inspiring and creative Mer Mag blog) new book Playful: Fun Projects to Make With + For Kids!