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We’ve been a bit quiet over the last week, but we’ve been hard at work on some cool new things for Nicole’s Classes! Want to be in the know about all the excitement? Then you better make sure you’re subscribed to our newsletter!

 

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Photoshop 102 Sneak Peek!

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Have you mastered all the Photoshop 101 basics? Are you looking for new and advanced Photoshop challenges? If so, then we have some good news for you! Holly’s Photoshop 102 class is launching next Monday and she will teach you all kinds of exciting tips and tricks, including how to extend complicated backgrounds in your photos quickly and easily using an awesome tool called Content Aware Scale. And she’s prepared a little teaser video showing how to use this tool in less than 3 minutes to extend a cityscape background!

Click here to watch Holly’s Photoshop 102 sneak peek video!

September 2014 Free Wallpapers!

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Happy September (a few days late)! We know everyone is in the thick of back to school, so we thought an apple theme would be fun and appropriate. How do you like them apples? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist!)

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10 Free Typefaces

We’re re-imagining a popular series here on the blog — recommended typefaces! Our students and readers are always asking us for font recommendations so we thought it was about time to refresh our lists. Free, paid, serif, script, hand drawn… there are so many choices out there, and it can be overwhelming!  We have waded through a lot to give you our best and favorite recommendations, and this is just the first of many.

This week we’re starting with our favorite free fonts that are super versatile and that can work in many designs. Click on the links below the image to download all 10 of our first recommended typefaces!

10 Free Typefaces

Aleo : Baron : Canter : Corki : Silver Fake : Museo Slab : Raleway : Bellota : Bree : Deming

*Please note: Make sure to read the fine print on any and all fonts you download. Some are totally free, free only for personal use, available for commercial use if you pay, etc. We respect all artists in the creative community, and we want to make sure we use fonts as specified by the artist.

My Nicole’s Classes Story: Britney Johnson

A note before we begin: In April, we asked our former students to share their unique and amazing Nicole’s Classes stories with us. And share they did! Today is the second installment of this series (see the first here), where each student will tell you in their own words (and with examples of their own work!) how Nicole’s Classes has helped them on their creative journey. Enjoy!

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Hi, my name is Britney Johnson and this is my story!

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How to Create Ribbon Banners in Illustrator

How to Create Ribbon Banners

Ribbon banners are a very “in” graphic design trend, you’ve seen ‘em on greeting cards and posters and everywhere in between. Well now you can easily add this fun look to all your designs by watching Illustrator 101 & 102 teacher Holly’s newest free video tutorial!

Click here to watch Holly’s newest video on ribbon banners!

My Nicole’s Classes Story: Whitney Rhoden

A note before we begin: In April, we asked our former students to share their unique and amazing Nicole’s Classes stories with us. And share they did! Today is the first installment of our “My Nicole’s Classes Story” series, where each student will tell you in their own words (and with examples of their own work!) how Nicole’s Classes has helped them on their creative journey. Enjoy!

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I am so thankful for every last thing I have learned from Nicole’s Classes! I can’t remember exactly how I stumbled upon this golden nugget of a website, but my goodness I’d be nowhere near the place I am today without it.

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Download a Free Back to School Pattern!

Back to School Pattern

It seems like just yesterday we were posting about popsicles and summer, and now it’s all backpacks and pencils and classrooms. To help you ease into the transition to fall, I’ve created a free fun school themed seamless pattern you can download and use in Illustrator!

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It’s Floral Friday at Nicole’s Classes!

Happy Floral Friday everyone! Today we’re posting some amazing arrangements from our Floral Arranging 101 class taught by Chelsea Fuss (btw, have you read about her cool new adventure farming in Europe?). Like all of our classes, we’re always so inspired to hear what students will do with the new skills they’ve learned, and this week does not disappoint!

Our first arrangement is from international student Sara Cangueiro. Sara joined the class from Portugal and created this truly stunning bridal bouquet. We’re blown away not only by her beautiful arrangement, but by the beautiful photos as well. You can see more from Sara at her her blog Hoje é Especial.

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Watercolor Brushes in Photoshop: Video Tutorial & Free Download!

Free Photoshop Watercolor Brushes

Have you ever wanted to create gorgeous watercolor effects in Photoshop? Well thanks to fantastic online resource Brusheezy.com and today’s free video tutorial, now you can!

Click here to watch my newest free video tutorial on Using Watercolor Brushes in Photoshop!

And click here to download the free set of watercolor brushes to practice the tutorial!