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More Free Holiday Wallpapers!

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Happy Holidays from Nicole’s Classes! I created these free, fun & festive holiday screensavers and phone backgrounds for you! And if you’re feeling especially industrious, it would make an adorable background for a holiday party invite!

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Photo Tutorial: Punchy Light

Today I wanted to share one of my favorite easy lighting setups I used for a collaboration with Naomi that maximizes contrast and gives an image that added punch. Getting strong contrast comes from a stronger light source. Outside, it’s the sun. In the studio, it’s a strobe without much (or any) diffusion. This lighting setup is similar to on-camera flash, but is more flattering because the light is slightly higher than the subject’s face. If you don’t have a strobe unit, you can easily use the flash off-camera with the appropriate accessories.

Naomi’s pictures were shot at home, and so were mine seen in this tutorial. It took only a 7′ x 4′ amount of space (my small kitchen nook), and I even propped the background boards up on the chair I was sitting on. The close distance of my body to the board also helped strongly illuminate the background since I was only using one light.

Get Punchy Light with One Light

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Deck Your Tech with our December 2014 Wallpapers!

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It’s the beginning of December, which means it’s time for you to deck the halls of your tech with new holiday themed desktop and mobile backgrounds! We have 6 new designs for you after the jump!

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Printable Illustrator Shortcuts, Take 2!

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Happy Thursday! Here is the fourth and final printable shortcuts for the Adobe programs that I teach, Illustrator and Photoshop.

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

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

It’s Last Chance Tuesday — Last Chance to Save 10%!

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Today is the last day of our daily deals… if you missed our previous sales this weekend, then this is your last chance to save at Nicole’s Classes this holiday season! We’ve held a different percentage promo every day and today is Last Chance Tuesday!

All items in our store are now 10% off!

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

All online classes will be just $112.50 (regularly $125) and $292.50 (regularly $325)!
All denominations of gift certificates will be 10% off!
Our textbooks are just $9+ shipping (regularly $10 for Photoshop 101) and $36+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!

If you’ve missed our other sales (and we’re really sorry if you did!), Last Chance Tuesday is truly your last chance to save this holiday season!

Happy Last Chance Tuesday everyone!

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20% Off for Cyber Monday!

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If you missed our previous sales this weekend, you still have time to save at Nicole’s Classes! We’ve held a different percentage promo every day and today is Cyber Monday!

All items in our store are now 20% off!

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

All online classes will be just $100 (regularly $125) and $260 (regularly $325)!
All denominations of gift certificates will be 20% off!
Our textbooks are just $8+ shipping (regularly $10 for Photoshop 101) and $32+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!

If you’ve missed our other daily deals (and we’re sorry if you did!), there’s still time for you to save on your entire purchase. Don’t miss out yet again — load up that cart and save 20%!

Happy Cyber Monday everyone!

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It’s 30% Off for Super Sunday!

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If you missed our previous sales this weekend, you’re not out of luck yet! We’re doing a different percentage deal every day through Monday and today is Super Sunday!

All items in our store are now 30% off!

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

All online classes will be just $87.50 (regularly $125) and $227.50 (regularly $325)!
All denominations of gift certificates will be 30% off!
Our textbooks are just $7+ shipping (regularly $10 for Photoshop 101) and $28+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!

If you missed out on the last two days (and we’re sorry if you did!), you can still enroll in our hugely popular classes for 30% off the regular price!

Happy Super Sunday everyone!

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Save 40% Off on Small Business Saturday!

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If you missed our big Black Friday sale yesterday, there’s still hope! We’re going to be doing a different percentage deal every day through Monday and today is Small Business Saturday!

All items in our store are 40% off!

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

All online classes will be just $75 (regularly $125) and $195 (regularly $325)!
All denominations of gift certificates will be 40% off!
Our textbooks are just $6+ shipping (regularly $10 for Photoshop 101) and $24+ shipping (regularly $40 for Photo 101)!

If you missed out yesterday, we hope this is somewhat of a solace for you! Make sure to stock up on all your class, book and gift certificates needs for the holidays and 2015!

Happy Small Business Saturday everyone!

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Black Friday Starts Now — 50% Off!

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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!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Nicole’s Classes!

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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!