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!


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.


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!


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.

Nicole's Classes Student Work


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 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!

5 Do’s and Don’ts for Your Floral Shopping List!

5 Do's and Don'ts for Your Floral Shopping List

I have a lot of people ask me how to get that natural, soft, wildflower look for flower arrangements. Most of it is in the selection of your flowers! Edit ruthlessly and only choose stems that you really love that will add something to your composition. Obviously shopping straight from the garden is ideal, but if you can’t, here are some guidelines when you are shopping your local grocery or florist for stems.


A Great New Online Tool for Creating Mood Boards

Ever wanted to create an inspiration board but didn’t know how to do it and create it quickly? Well is a new website that can help you create your own mood boards, which you can print to hang up in your office or email to clients. I love using this tool, and it’s a major time saver when you don’t have the time or need to create a more elaborate board in Photoshop. Here’s an example of a mood board I just created:

Mood Board Creation

Enjoy playing with Niice (but beware, it can be addicting)!

August 2014 Free Wallpapers!


How is it already August 1st? It seems like summer just started, and now it’s almost fall! At any rate, a new month means new free wallpapers for your desktop and mobile devices! And this month we chose a theme that will help us really stretch the sun out as long as possible…


Student Work a Day Early!

We normally post student work on Fridays, but we have a special treat for you tomorrow (if you follow our regular first of the month postings, then you know what it is)! So that means you get three stellar pieces of student work a day early! And this week it’s all about the photography!

We’ve featured Marcelle Calder and her work from our Tabletop Photography class before (here and here), but we couldn’t resist sharing one more unbelievable shot. We really couldn’t love this shot more — the lighting, the styling, the products, everything down to the last detail is perfection. We adore your work Marcelle!

Nicole's Classes Student Work


Chime In: What Should Our Next Video Tutorial Cover?

Video Tutorial

Happy Wednesday everyone! We’ve been working really hard over the last few months to build up our Free Video Tutorial section with helpful tips & tricks from our master instructors. But, we’d like your help to make it the best it can be — so, What should our next video tutorial cover?