Christmas in July Flash Sale!


We know it’s summer and you’re busy with vacations, pool parties and popsicles, and that Christmas is the furthest thing from your mind… BUT. We thought it would be fun to have a one-day Christmas in July flash sale!

How to Create Japanese Washi Tape in Illustrator

How to Create Japanese Washi Tape in Illustrator

Here at Nicole’s Classes, Japanese washi tape might be one of our favorite inventions ever (maybe only second to ice cream and the computer). We even use it when we package up textbooks to send out to our customers!

And while we love the look of washi tape in real life, sometimes we want to add that same adorable and kitschy look to our graphic designs, especially when creating digital scrapbooks.

In this video tutorial, Illustrator 101 teacher Holly shows you all the steps to creating your own plain and patterned washi tape in Illustrator. Her quick and easy tutorial will have you adding washi tape to anything and everything (and we do mean everything — it’s too cute not too) in a matter of minutes!

Watch the video right over here!

Paint, Paint & Paint Again!

Hello Nicole’s Classes readers and watercolor enthusiasts! I have a little secret tip to share with you today: the key to making your watercolors appear effortless.

Watercolor 101: Paint, Paint & Paint Again!


How to Get Better Summer Photos

Lightroom 101: Summer Photos

With summer upon us, we thought it would be helpful to share some tips for getting great photos outside. As photographers, sometimes we find ourselves in less than ideal lighting conditions, such as the sun being too harsh and right overhead, or maybe a there is a rainstorm during your beach vacation. Regardless of the circumstances, you should definitely keep taking pictures. I have put together a number of example images below from a variety of outdoor summer lighting conditions and will suggest both what you can do with your camera to mitigate the situation as well as how Lightroom can help you in post.


Chat Online with our Lightroom 101 Teacher This Wednesday!

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Happy Monday Nicole’s Classes readers! Do you have burning Adobe Lightroom questions that you’ve been dying to ask an expert? Well, look no further… we’re opening up our monthly student-only online chat this week to all our blog readers and social media followers!

Lightroom 101 teacher Mark Weinberg will be online this Wednesday, July 23 at 5pm PST/8pm EST and will be ready to answer all your Lightroom related questions.

To join this free, online live chat all you need to do is click the image above (or click here!) to add your email to the list. Then we’ll send you a link to join the chat right before it starts… it’s that easy! Plus, after the chat, we’ll be giving all attendees a special discount code to use if you loved the chat (which you will) and want to sign up for the Lightroom 101 class!

We hope to see you all online on Wednesday (don’t forget to sign up for the invite)!

New Floral Arranging Student Work

It’s been a big week for Nicole’s Classes — 1 new class announced, 2 favorite classes are being re-released and now we have 3 amazing student work examples from our Floral Arranging 101 class! Keep reading to see some amazing floral creations!

First we have a floral crown from Elka Adamowicz. We love the shape of her crown, it’s not too big, but still has a little wildness to it. We just read a piece in the NYT about floral crowns selling for over $400 — why pay that when you can learn to make your own? Great job Elka!

Floral Arranging Student Work


Drum Roll Please… We’ve Added 2 More New Classes!

3 New Classes Summer 2014

On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement about our new online class Food Styling 101, we have more new classes coming your way! Technically they’re both returning favorites, but they’re back and better than ever with Holly at the helm. Without further ado, we are now offering…

Illustrator 102 & Photoshop 102!


A New Online Class: Food Styling 101!

Food Styling 101

We have some really exciting news to share with you… we have a brand new online class that is opening for registration today…
Food Styling 101 with Tara Bench!


5 Tips for Harvesting & Arranging Summer Flowers

5 Tips for Harvesting & Arranging Summer Flowers

If you are lucky enough to have your own garden, or access to one, during the summer, it’s the perfect time to make your own arrangements at home! Here are a few tips for you as you gather and design your garden arrangements this summer:


More Illustrator 101 Student Work

We have been so overwhelmed lately by the amazing student work coming out of our new and improved Illustrator 101 class that we had to devote another whole post to just their pieces! Holly has been teaching up a storm and the students have been creating up a storm as well! Click read more to see just a few of the great designs our students have dreamt up this month!

Our first design is from Jessica Alonso, who took one of our favorite quotes from the movie Frozen and turned it into the most adorable poster for her Week 3 homework. We can totally see this hanging in a little girls bedroom — great work Jessica!

Illustrator 101 Student Work