Nicole’s Classes Portfolio Production Guide

Nicole's Classes Portfolio Production Guide

I am frequently asked by my Illustrator and Photoshop students how to go about getting clients once they feel comfortable as graphic designers and photo editors. A major part of recruiting clients is the way you choose to present your design work. It isn’t just about how good your designs are, but how well you show them off.


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!


Aleo : Baron : Canter : Corki : Silver Fake : Museo 500 : 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.

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)!

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.


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:


A Guide to File Formats

File Format Guide

We recently had a reader ask us to clear up the confusion associated with file formats. And we totally understand, there are so many different extensions to choose from when saving your files and it’s hard to know which file format to choose for what! Below are my quick and easy explanations on when to use each one:


4 Free Fonts!

4 Free Fonts

I am excited to share with you 4 free fonts that are some of my favorites! You can add them to your font collection and they will help make your designs even more fabulous! I have selected these particular fonts because they are all clean, modern and not too stylized so they will complement all of your designs.

Shadows and Highlights with RAW Files

Shadows & Highlights

One of the main benefits of shooting RAW is you can take full advantage of the adjustments in Lightroom. The basic Exposure adjustment slider is fairly self explanatory and quite intuitive as you experiment with Lightroom. If you make it brighter, the entire image will be brighter, and if you make it darker, the entire image will be darker. The Shadow and Highlight adjustment sliders can be incredibly helpful and I want to share how I like to use them.


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