Free St Patricks Day Pets Phone screen savers … get your green on!

Irish St Patricks Day Kitten © kelly richardson

 

 

St Patricks Day Pets Images free downloadable wallpaper and screen savers for your phones and tablets here. Better get some green on – on your phone at least! Don’t get in a pinch – or get pinched for that matter! Best to be wearing your green on a day like today… the leprechauns will be watching, and hopefully it will be your Lucky Day! Here are some favorite cute St Patricks Day Pets Images for your screen savers and to share.  If your lucky you just might get a KISS! see photo below 🙂 Happy St. Patrick’s Day From all of here at Kelly Richardson Images Studios. Click to go to media file and download to your phone by saving image.

 

Adorable Irish St Patricks Day Chihuahua Dog Kiss Me

Handsome St Patricks Day Beagle Dog Wearing a green shamrock neck tie

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Spring is in the Air Photoshop Tutorial and add sky

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If you like this Image, wait until you see how it was made with a little Photoshop Magic. Here are some  of Kelly’s Photoshop Secrets … PSD Tutorial with two parts : Smooth out background, add a blue sky to a plain blue background.

Click to download the Photoshop Tutorial PDF
BASIC PHOTOSHOP CS6 WORKFLOW: Please note: this PSD tutorial is not for beginners.  Must have photoshop experience and understand the concept of a painting with a mask, and using layers.
Here is the image before PSD ( unedited version- yikes!)  **Most of the time, the shadows and wrinkles in the fleece blanket can be smoothed out ahead of time and clipped down tighter to help, however this image was taken on a messy background.  I will demonstrate in this tutorial how to smooth it out in photoshop.
Fleece backgrounds are prone to wrinkle and show pock marks when photographed. However, for me they are still a practical solution.   Fleece blankets can be picked up at the dollar store in almost every color and kittens love to play on the soft surface and they are washable and re-usable.
 
**Sometimes the only thing you need to do is use the guassian blur tool to smooth out the pock marks in the fleece, but in the case of big wrinkles, painting may be the best option.
Here is the workflow to smooth out the background:
step11. Open image in Photoshop that needs the background to be smoothed out. Press ctrl j to duplicate the image. Use the select tool and select the background only.

 

 

step22. With all background area selected, press alt-j to duplicate it on its own layer. Click the eye so that the background is the only layer to see.

 

 

 

 

step33. On the background layer select the empty transparent space, then go to select>inverse. Click on paint brush tool and choose soft brush. Use the eye dropper on background color to color match the blue background and begin painting to smooth out wrinkles for a uniform color. When done painting background, deselect by typing ctrl>d at same time. Go to filter>blur>guassian blur. try radius of 25, it will smooth the edges.click ok.

 

step44. Add a layer mask to the background layer by clicking the rectangle with the circle at bottom of layers pallette. Press D to change colorchip to black. Click on eye on layer beneath to show subject. Click on paint brush tool, adjust the flow to 50% and paint any areas that may have blurred edges showing on your subject. Crop and save as PSD file with layers.
NOW, Let’s make Beautiful BETTER! Go out and photograph the beautiful blue sky, with a few clouds (raw) and start Part 2. PSD Tutorial: add a blue sky SIMPLE SKY TUTORIAL *for blue backgrounds only
stepsat11. Open image in Photoshop that needs the Simple Sky tutorial – only works on images with a blue background, Go to bridge and choose your sky image, drag onto the open file as the top layer. Change the opacity of sky layer to 50%.

 

 

 

stepsat2. Add an adjustment layer>saturation. Change saturation of sky to match your correct shade of your blue background.

 

 

 

 

step63.Use a clipping mask to clip saturation layer to sky layer. 3. Add mask to the sky layer

 

 

 

 

 

step74. Get black paint brush and paint the subject back in, using a soft brush and flow of 50%. Done. Save as PSD file with layers.

 

 

 

 
This Image is one of many beautiful kitten hammock images that can be found in the image-bank 2016 Spring Collection.
Tabby Kitten light blue background
EQUIPMENT/PHOTOSHOOT:  Canon Mark II EOS 5D, Canon Macro Lens EF 100 mm L IS 2.8 SETTINGS: F 2.8 SS 125 ISO 100, shoot in RAW.  Shoot gray card and custom set white balance. Lighting set-up: Window light with 1 monolight flash bounce off ceiling. Homemade hammock, blue fleece blanket background. one sleepy kitten and an awesome assistant (my daughter!)
Following is another cute image that lends itself to a beautiful blue SKY! This image is one from a shoot of several butterfly net images that can be found in the image-bank in the 2016 Spring Kitten Collection.

 

BEFORE and AFTER
Kitten Stuck in Butterfly Net
IMG_3248 unedited out of camera, fleece blanket has pock marks and needs to be smoothed.
Kitten Stuck in Butterfly Net
IMG_3248 edited background smoothed out with guassian blur tool, and in severe cases, painted blue
Kitten Stuck in Butterfly Net blue sky in Photoshop
IMG_3248 sky added on top
 
 

Spring is In the Air – Fast Facts About Kitten Season

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SOME FAST FACTS about kitten season

  1. Kitten season peaks in late spring and does not end until fall.
  2. An unaltered female can go into heat every three weeks.
  3. The average size of a litter is 4-6 kittens.
  4. A female cat can begin having kittens at 4-5 months of age.
  5. One mother cat can have 2-3 litters per year, producing as many as 18 kittens.
  6. Without spaying, 1 female dog and her offspring can produce as many as 65,000 dogs in six years.
  7. One unaltered female cat and her descendants can lead to as many as over 400,000 cats in seven years.
  8. LAAS (Los Angeles Animal Services) publishes their statistics every year (not all shelters do). In 2014-2015, the report shows 8,955 unweaned kittens (kittens under 8 weeks) were taken in by LAAS. If you scroll back up, you’ll see that 4,744 of those tiny babies were euthanized: that’s less than 50% that are saved. (Compared to 70% of cats 8-weeks and older that were saved, and 85% of all dogs saved including unweaned.) [ref] http://www.laanimalservices.com/about-us-2/statistics/ . [/ref]
Many reasons to sterilize your pets.

 

 

 

 

 

Kitten Season – the rescue cycle begins

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While volunteering for Cats-Can, Inc. last week at Petsmart, an interested person asked, where do we get our rescues? Here is an article that details how we rescue, care for, socialize, and vet our kittens/cats through to their adoption day.
Orlando, FL –   March 1, 2016 Welcome to kitten season … Cats-Can rescue already has two sets of newborns that were found abandoned by community members last week, settled in two separate foster homes, umbilical cords still attached. Their foster moms are busy making bottles and feeding every 3-4 hours.   Another two 5 week olds, will be picked up tonight. The rescue has calls and emails in daily.  Another plea for help just came in over the rescue group text – “Is anyone available to trap kittens now? There are 6 five week olds who are going to get run over in Tuskawilla, and 2 pregnant mommas.”  The kitten season rescue cycle begins…
All these rescue cats/kittens will need a deworming, flea treatment and, in most cases, medication to kill parasites present in their tummies. They will be settled in a foster home with caring, and loving foster parents who will have to quarantine them to ensure they are healthy before they can be around other pets. They will be well fed, played with, socialized and will have all of their needs provided for in their happy new “nursery” foster homes.  The rescue and foster parents will provide the medicine, the kitten milk replacement, the bottles,  the wet food, the dry food, the litter, the toys, their homes and love and care for as long as needed until the kittens are adopted.
All of the rescued cats and the kittens over two pounds are taken to the favorite Orlando area non-profit vet clinic  SpayNSave where they are “vetted”.  They are dropped off in the morning by their foster parent. While at the vet, they will be spayed/neutered, tested for feline diseases, given their first set of shots and/or rabies if applicable, micro chipped, nails trimmed and given a 30 day flea treatment. They are picked up in the afternoon by their devoted foster parents to recover, and within days they will be available for adoption.
The cat’s foster parent brings them to the adoption event every saturday at Petsmart from 11-5 until they are adopted. The foster will place them in a cage for the day, and will come back to pick them up. They will have a cage card and will be available for adoption to approved families. They will meet, play with, get hugs and love from the curious children and Petsmart patrons who come to visit each Saturday.  And they will eventually meet their forever family when they are chosen.
They will get their photo taken the first time they come to Petsmart. A photo shoot takes place every saturday from 1-4 during the adoption event. Fellow foster and volunteer, Kelly Richardson (- that’s me! -) sets up the in store photo shoot with a cardboard box in the kitten room using a soft fleece blanket, a few fun, decorative holiday props, available flourescent light, her Canon Mark III and her favorite fixed lens 100 mm macro. With the help of Cats-Can high school volunteers, they set to work placing one kitten at a time in the box, playing with feather teasers and making funny noises to get the cat’s attention until the purr-fect photo is taken for their web page.  photoshoot tutorial: How to Make a Photo Box
“We take anywhere from 10-20 cats/kitten photos a week during kitten season. One day, I photographed 22 cats and kittens. Last weekend we photographed 12 and kitten season is just starting! The photos really help get them adopted. Many people are shopping online and the website that Cats-Can uses feeds into popular pet search sites. I edit and upload the new kittens and cats’ images onto the site within days of the photo shoot and almost immediately we start getting online applications from families that want to adopt. Seeing the families come to pick them up, knowing the kittens are going to live indoors in homes with good families, seeing the smile on their faces when they find their purr-fect friend- makes my day!” – Kelly Richardson.
Here are a few favorite Cats-Can rescue pet images that were photographed at Pet Smart 2-27-16 by Kelly Richardson. All of these images, advertisements,  along with weekly photo shoots are donated by Kelly Richardson.  Advertisement above created by Kelly Richardson for Cats-Can Rescue website and Cats-Can Facebook page. © Kelly Richardson 2016.