Black Friday Starts Now — 50% Off!


It’s here, it’s finally here! Our first ever blowout Black Friday sale starts right this minute! And the sale is better than it’s ever been before!

All items in our store are 50% off!

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

All online classes will be just $62.50 (regularly $125) and $162.50 (regularly $325)!
All denominations of gift certificates will be half off!
Our textbooks are just $5+ shipping (regularly $10 for Photoshop 101) and $20+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!

This is absolutely a once-a-year opportunity to get our classes, books and gift certificates for a crazy steal! So load up your shopping cart with items for you (make sure you get what you want this year!) and items for friends (if you want to learn with us, you know they do too!).

Happy Black Friday everyone!

*Please note: The Black Friday discount code starts at 12:00am EST on 11/28/14 and expires at 11:59pm PST on 11/28/14. The promotion will not be extended past 11:59pm PST on 11/28/14. It is not combinable with any other discounts or promotion and is not applicable on past purchases.

All purchases made on Black Friday are final sale. No refunds will be given for any purchases, only credits (as necessary). Per usual, all textbooks and gift certificates are final sale, no credits will be given.

Gift certificates purchased at any discount are not redeemable during this sale. Gift certificates purchased during the 2014 Black Friday sale are not redeemable on sale merchandise, today or at any time in the future.

Please also note that we will be experiencing an unusually high volume of customer service requests today, but we promise to get back to everyone as soon as possible (within 48 hours). We will honor any requests made during the specific promotional hours, even if we don’t respond right away, so no need to email more than once. Thanks for your patience!

Happy Thanksgiving from Nicole’s Classes!

Happy Thanksgiving from Nicole's Classes

From all of us at Nicole’s Classes… Happy Thanksgiving!

We are especially grateful to all of our amazing students this year! For your enthusiasm about the new and still-to-come changes at Nicole’s Classes, for your excitement over our improved and new classes and for sharing your success stories with us! We truly feel lucky to be sharing the gift of learning every day with all of you!

And don’t forget that our 50% off Black Friday sale will be starting at 12:00am EST (9pm PST) on Friday, November 28th! You don’t want to miss this once-a-year chance to save half off everything in the store! But if you do miss it, we’ll be having lesser (but still exciting!) sales for Small Business Saturday, Super Sunday and Cyber Monday, so stay tuned for info on those as well!

Floral Arranging 101: Tips for Caring for Your Clippers

My favorite clippers to use for flower arranging are these Japanese bonsai clippers. They are so sturdy and will cut anything from a flimsy tulip stem to a woody maple branch, all the while keeping your hands very comfortable. To keep them in shape, I clean them with some soapy water and sometimes just a drop of bleach. I always dry them really well. To keep them from rusting, I use this lovely camellia oil that comes with a special brush. I buy it from my favorite shop, Alder and Co. in Portland. Lucky for you, they have an online shop! I recommend keeping it with your clippers to keep them in tip top shape!

Black Friday is Coming… Are You Ready?

Black Friday

Black Friday is next week! And unlike past years, the Nicole’s Classes sale is starting early this year.

Black Friday will be our biggest sale of the year, and everything in the store will be a whopping 50% off! That’s all classes, books and gift certificates! And if you miss it, we’ll have a different sale every day for Small Business Saturday, Super Sunday, Cyber Monday and Last Chance Tuesday. It’s going to be a crazy week for Nicole’s Classes and you don’t want to miss it!

So make sure you are signed up for our newsletter so you don’t miss your chance to save up to 50% off our entire site next week!

Printable Photoshop Shortcuts, Take 2!


Happy Wednesday! Here is the third in my series of printable shortcuts for the Adobe programs that I teach, Illustrator and Photoshop.

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


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

The 411 on Food Styling 101

When you heard about Nicole’s Classes new Food Styling 101, you might have thought you would learn how to eat spaghetti while rocking the latest fashion. But this class isn’t about looking good while devouring your favorite foods. Food styling is the art of making food beautiful for photography!

411 on Food Styling 101


Essential Design Toolkit

Essential Design Toolkit

While a computer and the Adobe Creative Suite are indispensable tools, they’re not the only ones you need to have to be a good designer. I teach Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign and have been a working graphic design professional for years and I have some great essentials that you definitely need to add to your toolkit!


Lightroom Map Module

Lightroom Map Module

I take hundreds of photos a week on my smart phone and these photos all have GPS data attached to them. More and more cameras are equipped with GPS devices that track where each photo is taken and this can be useful both professional and amateur photographers alike. One module that is often overlooked in Lightroom is the Map Module.


Student Work From Our New Branding 101 Class!

We could not be more excited to share this weeks student work from our new Branding 101 class! One of the early steps of envisioning your brand is to find visual inspiration that supports the creative vision you/your client want to take. This is called an inspiration board, and our instructors ask students to put together 3 different boards that represent 3 different directions the client could go with the brand. Here are boards put together by Branding 101 students based on the Creative Briefs they also created in Week 1 of the class. Enjoy!

First, we’re featuring all three boards from student Rachel Russ. Her creative brief clearly called for a Native American theme as all three boards are inspired by that, but are also very different and achieve that vibe in very different ways. Board A is bold and bright, Board B is rustic and natural,  and Board C is feminine and sophisticated. We really love all of the boards and think the client will be happy with any of the 3 directions! Great job Rachel!

Nicole's Classes Student Work


Branding 101: It’s All in a Name

Nicole’s Classes is so excited to have Ariana from Flight Design Company (1 of the 3 amazing teachers of our new Branding 101 class) sharing 5 tools to help you name your next venture. Enjoy!

Nicole's Classes Branding Blog

What’s in a name? When naming my son I remember the weight of the decision really hitting me. He’s going to have this name for his whole life, but no pressure, right? And now as I step deeper into the role of entrepreneur, I realize how true this is for businesses as well.