Balloons make it FUN

Dudley Orange Pomeranian Wearing a Birthday PArty Hat

Kelly Richardson Images has an assortment of props, such as the balloons in photos shown in this post, that are photographed and isolated in Photoshop. These prop images can be licensed with the pet images. As you can see ballooons make it much more FUN!

Yellow Labrador Puppy Birthday photogrpahed on white, wearing a birthday party hat.

The image right: Yellow Labrador Puppy photographed with yellow party hat isolated on white background, balloons, and balloon curly ties under foot were added to design in separate layers.
You can license these images in “pieces” as individual layers (upon request) and move them around anywhere in the photo to suit your product sizes, whether it be a horizontal or vertical space you are trying to fill up.
Here is another example form the new Pomeranian Puppy Shoot with adorable Pom Puppy photographed with Birthday hat on its head, background color and balloons were added in Photoshop.


Labrador Retriever Puppy Photo Shoot


Yellow Labrador Puppy Playing Christmas Decoration IsolatedYellow Labrador Puppy Photo Shoot

my awesome assistant, my daughter

Our newest yellow Labrador Retriever puppy photo shoot that will capture your heart. All images are ready for license. Look through this blog post gallery for the most outstanding puppy images available online. All crop sizes available

We had  three amazing yellow labrador puppy photo shoots with a local AKC Certified Labrador Retriever Dog Breeder, who shared her sweet puppies with us. We got to watch them grow as they turned 6 weeks, 8 weeks and 10 weeks.   They were playful, relaxed, sleepy and my daughter couldn’t get enough hugs and kisses as she helped me with the shoots, as you can see from the photo of her with one of the puppies. If all of the puppies were not already adopted, I am betting we would have taken one home!
We photographed a variety of puppy images with fun props that will be suitable for ads, greeting cards, and any products that need a loveable, huggable,  kissable puppy on  them! We began with some isolated images and then took a few with a baby blue background, burlap and purple.  These images are hot off the press.  Kelly Richardson Images has been editing through hundreds of images and choosing only the best to present to our licensees.
Here are our most outstanding images available to license now. please go to the Image-bank to get the downloadable PDF for Art Submission. All images ©kelly richardson 2016, all rights reserved.

Pomeranian Puppy Shoot

lr_ad700x400_ri_pompuppies2 Click here for a quick tutorial on how to use Photoshop CS6 Refine Edge tool to select animal hair perfectly.

Pomeranian Puppies: Dudley and Ella

NEW isolated images of  a beautiful fawn colored, fluffy, long hair groomed Pomeranian Puppy named Dudley and his little sister black and white Pom puppy Ella. We dressed these pups up with reindeer ears, autumn leaves, Birthday hats, Santa hats, and much more.  Here is an example of how an isolated image can be so versatile for designers on products:

Here are some of our favorite images from the photo shoot put together in a gallery. Licensees can go to the IMAGE-BANK to download a PDF Art Submission of all of the BEST images from the shoot.

FUN Patterns in Photoshop Series – how to… simple pattern

Roscoe is a rescue, a chihuahua daschund yorkie mix. Momma was turned into shelter while pregnant. The litter of three and mom are being raised in foster care until they are able to be adopted.

Photoshop has pre-installed patterns, however you may not find what you need. You can simply make your own patterns. Here is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make a simple pattern – symmetrical circle pattern in Photoshop. This is the first of the how to “making patterns series” presented by Kelly Richardson.


STEP 1: Open a new photoshop document: go to File- New. Use a square dimension such as width: 300 pixels x 300 pixels resolution 72, make background contents transparent.

STEP 2. Add Guides Through The Center Of The Document. This will indicate the exact center of our document. Go to View > New Guide.
Select Horizontal for the Orientation, then enter 50% for the Position. Click OK (you’ll see a horizontal guide appear through the center of the document)
Go back up to the View menu and choose New Guide. This time select Vertical for the Orientation and again enter 50% for the Position.

STEP 3. Make your pattern. You can create very complex patterns in Photoshop, or they can be as simple as, say, a repeating dot or circle. In this example we will use a circle to create a polka dot pattern. Draw a circle in the center of the document by click and hold on the Rectangular Marquee Tool, then select the Elliptical Marquee Tool. With the Elliptical Marquee Tool selected, move the crosshair directly over the intersection point of the guides in the center of the document. Hold down Shift+Alt (Win) / Shift+Option (Mac), click in the center of the document, then with your mouse button still held down, drag out a circular selection. Holding the Shift key as you drag will force the shape of the selection into a perfect circle, while the Alt (Win) / Option (Mac) key tells Photoshop to draw the selection outline from the center.

STEP 4. Fill the Circle with color. Go to Edit > Fill. This opens the Fill dialog box, choose a color to fill the selection with. Click OK to close out of the dialog box. Photoshop fills the circular selection with color. Go up to the Select menu at the top of the screen and choose Deselect.

STEP 5. Make a copy of the layer Go to Layer > New > Layer via Copy.

STEP 6. Apply the Offset Filter. (With just this one circle added in the center of the tile, we could save the tile as a pattern, but let’s make it look a bit more interesting before we do that- Apply The Offset Filter.  When designing tiles to use as repeating patterns, there’s one filter you’ll use almost every time, and that’s Offset.)   Go to Filter > Other > Offset. This opens the Offset filter dialog box. The Offset filter moves, or offsets, the contents of a layer by a specified number of pixels either horizontally, vertically, or both. When creating simple repeating patterns like the one we’re designing here, you’ll want to enter half the width of your document into the Horizontal input box and half the height of your document into the Vertical input box. In our case, we’re working with a 300 px x 300 px document, so set the Horizontal option to 150 pixels and the Vertical option also to 150 pixels. At the bottom of the dialog box, in the Undefined Areas section, make sure Wrap Around is selected. Click OK to close out of the dialog box.    In the document window, we see that the Offset filter has taken the copy of the circle we made in the previous step and split it into four equal parts, placing them in the corners of the document. The circle remaining in the center is the original circle we drew on Layer 1: One of the circles has been offset by 50%.Circle Pattern Photoshop

STEP 7.  Define The Tile As A Pattern. With the tile designed, let’s save it as an actual pattern, a process Photoshop refers to as “defining a pattern”. Go to Edit > Define Pattern.
Photoshop will pop open a dialog box asking you to name the new pattern. It’s a good idea to include the dimensions of the tile in the name of the pattern in case you design several similar tiles at different sizes. In this case, name the tile “Circles 300×300″. Click OK when you’re done to close out of the dialog box. The tile is now saved as a pattern!

STEP 8. Create A New Document We’ve designed our tile and defined it as a pattern, which means we can now use it to fill an entire layer! Let’s create a new document to see if it works! go up to the File menu and choose New. File- New enter 1000 pixels for both the Width and Height. Leave the Resolution set to 72 pixels/inch, and this time, set the Background Contents to White so the background of the new document is filled with solid white. Click OK.

Step 9. Add A New Layer
We could simply fill the document’s Background layer with our pattern, but that would seriously limit what we can do with it. Place the repeating pattern on its own layer. Click on the New Layer icon at the bottom of the Layers panel: A new blank layer named “Layer 1″ appears above the Background layer:
A new layer has been added to the document.

Step 10. Fill The New Layer With The Pattern Photoshop Circle patternWith our new layer added, let’s fill it with our pattern! Go to Edit > Fill > Pattern.  This opens the Pattern Picker, which displays small thumbnails of all the patterns we currently have to choose from. The circle pattern we just created will be the last thumbnail in the list.  Select the “Circles 300×300″ pattern in the Pattern Picker. Click OK to close out of the Fill dialog box. Photoshop fills the blank layer in the document with the circle pattern, repeating the tile as many times as needed.


Stay tuned for the next free tutorial coming next month on how to create the photoshop patterns seen in this image below: A basic, overall toss pattern using many shapes. 

Dapper Dane Collection of Designs
Dapper Dane Collection of Designs


Studio Pet Toons Christmas



Kelly Richardson has hundreds of Studio Pets in her image-bank and wanted to JAZZ them up a bit- in a newly trending “coloring book” sort of way. Suddenly,  Studio Pet Toons was BORN!  We are celebrating Christmas in the “Studio Pet Toons” Studio.  Along with our newest Studio Pet Toons Christmas Greeting Card, we are sharing some of our favorite Studio Pets Toons that were created this year, with before and after photos.


Great Dane Christmas Card Studio Pet ToonStudio Pet Toon TAHOE Inspired by Christmas and having just lived in Lake Tahoe Area of Nevada, Kelly created a beautiful, scenic with mountains and snow background for this beautiful Great Dane Puppy she photographed while living in Reno.




Chihuahua Reindeer Christmas CardThis Studio Pet Toon Oh DEER was created with Kelly’s very own long hair chihuahua Izzie… Gotta love her expression!





Great Dane Italian Chef Greeting cardThis Studio Pet Toon ITALIAN was inspired by Kelly’s LOVE for Italian food, and the chef apron and hat was a perfect match!





Bathing Chihuahua Puppy Diva Greeting Card

One more cute Studio Pet Toon.  This is Studio Pet Toon TUB – there are many to choose from, but Kelly especially loves this one… You will see why! Kelly and her daughter Katie had fun making the bubbles to put on the puppy, the puppy didn’t seem to mind! Kelly had a great time drawing and painting in the illustrations to go with the images- a little tug boat, brush, and of course, you can’t forget the rubber ducky!


How to make a real cast shadow Photoshop Tutorial

easter puppy wearing bunny ears
GC_1908 Easter Puppy Greeting Card

There is a drop shadow feature that makes a shadow instantly in Photoshop. However if you would like to know how to make a more natural cast shadow, one that looks more realistic – a long shadow that anchors the subject to the background, try this cast shadow photoshop tutorial.

1. Open an image in photoshop and remove it from the background. OR license an isolated KRI Studio Pet PSD file, like the images featured on this page, and you can skip this step! Click here to see Easter Studio Pets in Image-bank!

2. Create a standard drop shadow. Use the Layers style button, select drop shadow. A few tips here: choose a color for your shadow to match your background objects in image. Play with sliders to soften the shadow to your likeness. Click ok.

3. Put the shadow on its own layer: In the Layers Panel right click on the little “f” on the right of the layer name. You will see a drop down menu. Choose the option to “create layer”.

4. Distort the shadow layer: Press Ctrl T to free transform, select “distort” from the menu. Reposition the top handles as necessary.

puppy with bunny ears
IMG_2248 Chihuahua Puppy Zeke wearing bunny ears

NOW YOU HAVE A BASIC CAST SHADOW. to improve on it, and add more realism to your shadow, continue with these steps.

5. Replicate how a “real” shadow gets softer as it goes farther away.  Duplicate shade layer (Ctrl J). Turn off visibility of bottom shadow. Select top shadow to soften. Choose Filter>blur>guassian blur to blur shadow to your likeness.

6. Add layer mask to your top shadow. Use gradient tool, set colors to black and white (Ctrl D) choose linear foreground to background.  Select the mask, drag gradient tool 1/4 way from bottom to 3/4 way to top up to blend the two shadow layers. Set top shadow opacity to 50-75%, bottom shadow to opacity 30%.

** Is there a shadow that you want to hide? Use layer mask and paint it away with a black brush.

extra credit: Observe real shadows in natural environment. Notice and learn the following: how the shadows change in the distance, notice direction of the shadows and sun, notice how shadows appear on different surfaces.

Gotta LOVE isolated Pet images

Happy Birthday Beagle Dog
IMG_6107 Simple, clean, uncluttered Greeting Card

If you are not familiar with Kelly Richardson’s Studio Pets’ Images, let me tell you a little about what is so special about them. Kelly’s special high key lighting style, and themed conceptual props create these cute, funny, easy to relate to isolated images. Studio Pets are available in themes for ALL holidays and occasions. Irish Beagle Dog St. Patrick's Day There are hundreds studio pets available in many categories in the image-bank.   The Beagle Gallery has just been added.  All “KRI Studio Pets” are taken on a white background, and can be licensed as isolated psd files.

These studio pets images are SO cute in themselves, they can certainly stand alone on white as a greeting card with the right text to get a smile.  There is a great demand in the consumer marketplace for this simple, high key look for greeting cards.  Many consumers like the “clean”, uncluttered look.  Just look at this cute Beagle, need I say more?!


Christmas Beagle Dog Dear Santa
IMG_6147 + Beagle DearSanta Letter Scribble Border



But you don’t have to stop there!  You gotta LOVE isolated images- there is so much creative potential. Studio Pets Images have been called a “graphic designer’s dream”. If you have a creative art department, they will love you for licensing a Studio Pet!  The artistic possibilities are endless!  So, for those manufacturers who have a consumer base that want a more eclectic, colorful, collage like greeting card, Studio Pets Images can be used in DESIGNS.

Happy Birthday Beagle Dog Greeting Card
IMG_6107 Beagle Clown + Balloons, background colors, shapes and designs

SEE  how this isolated image of a dog wearing a red bow tie can evolve into a beautiful design that can be used as a bright, funny, colorful greeting card/gift bag design that any child would LOVE to receive on their special day. The design was created with a KRI image of isolated balloons, shapes and background colors, text sign with drop shadow, created in PSD. This image was featured in a previous blog post called “Clowning Around in Photoshop”, a tutorial that will teach you how to create a clown nose.

Irish Beagle Dog St. Patrick's Day
IMG_6098 +rainbow, cloud & sky background

SEE St. Patrick’s Day Design. It can’t get much cuter that this!  In this design Kelly blended a photo of the sky clouds on blue background and created a rainbow using a gradient in Photoshop.

All designs created/copyright Kelly Richardson. **All designs  by Kelly Richardson are also available for license. Contact kelly for more info.




Clowning Around in Photoshop Tutorial : How To Make a Clown Nose

 Funny Happy Birthday Beagle Dog Clown

Clowning Around in Photoshop CS6 Tutorial: how to make a clown nose.

This months photo shoot is dedicated to Beagles and Miss P who won the Westminster Kennel Club title Best in Show.  I advertised an “all call” for Beagles  and this beauty turned up.  This is Lucy who came to us from Deltona, Florida.   We had some fun in the studio with this cute little beagle.  She was an absolute joy to work with as you can see from the photos we were able to capture.  This is one of my newest props that is actually recycled.  My daughter went as Minnie Mouse for Halloween last year and this is the bow tie we purchased for her costume.  Lucy didn’t seem to mind it at all. She especially liked the cheese we used to bribe her to sit still!   To get a clown nose on her was however,  impossible, so we decided it would have to be created in Photoshop.  I have created this Photoshop Tutorial with CS6: clowning around in Photoshop to share with my readers in case you ever want to clown around with friends and put a clown nose on them! There are probably many ways to make this, this is just the way I did it using CS6 in the example shown above.

STEP 1: Use the Elliptical Marquee tool and draw a circle shape on dogs nose.  Go to top menu and click LAYER> new fill layer>solid color, click ok, choose color, click ok. You should now have a red circle. Add a drop shadow to the circle.

STEP 2: Use the selection tool and select the red circle. Go to top menu and click LAYER> new fill layer>gradient. Choose a gradient that goes from black to white and make  Style: radial.  Angle 90, Check boxes: reverse and align with layer. click ok.

STEP 3: For a nose like  Image 2 with a white highlight, change gradient layer blend mode to screen. If necessary adjust the gradient sliders and the opacity to create the perfectly rounded 3d looking nose.  For a nose like Image 3 with no white highlight, I chose the blend mode darken and adjusted gradient sliders by adding new points with differing opacities.  It takes some “clowning around” with the gradient sliders to make the perfect nose for your subject, and it really is a matter of preference.

STEP 4: Link the layers together so that you can move the nose around and change its size . Change the size of the nose by using ctr>T to transform.

STEP 5: Add noise to your nose so that it looks like the foamy material.  To do this I duplicated my nose layers and the layers into one by highlighting both layers and using the following : ctrl>J, then ctrl>E, then in the top menu choose filter>noise>add noise.

That’s it!

Would you like to take the image one step further? Get creative! Then you MUST read this next post to see the real potential of what can be done with the beauty of an isolated image.  Gotta Love Isolated Images

 Licensees link to Beagle Gallery in image-bank

St Patricks Day Dog

Irish St. Patrick's Day Beagle Dog
IMG_6098 Beagle Dog +rainbow,sky

This year St Patricks Day Dog 2015 photo shoot features Beagle Lucy wearing a shamrock necktie on a white background. Inspired by Miss P, a beautiful Beagle that won Best of Breed 2015 at the Westminster Kennel club last month, Kelly chose to feature a Beagle this month of March. These images are available for license as isolated psd files, and or greeting card designs as shown below. If you are interested in licensing one of these cute St. Patricks Day Dog Beagle images or designs below, please contact kelly.  

The Beagle Lucy Photo Shoot has just been posted to the image bank! To see lucy in a variety of poses and themes such as Christmas, Winter, St. Patricks Day etc., go to the image-bank now.

Irish St. Patrick's Day Beagle Dog
from left to right: IMG_6101,6093,6089,6085,6098



Here are a few examples of St. Patricks Day greeting card designs kelly created to celebrate the holiday (also available for license). Designs can be changed, text changed, color changed – just ask kelly and she will help you/your art department customize the design to suit your product needs (at no charge! within reason)



Best in Show 2015 Beagle Won

Beagle Best of Breed WKC Show
Westminster Kennel Club Image of 2015 Best in Show Winner Miss P BEAGLE Feb 16-17, 2015 This image was taken from the Westminster Kennel Club homepage.

The 139th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Show was held last month in New York City.   A beautiful Beagle named Miss P, aka CH Tashtins Lookin For Trouble, ran away with BEST in SHOW 2015 .

 In celebration of Miss P, the Beagle who won Westminster Kennel Club Best in Show, NYC in February 2015,  Kelly Richardson Images devoted her time… YES- you guessed it… to photograph BEAGLES this month!  Here are a few sneak peek images from the Studio Pets Beagle Gallery that has just been posted to the image-bank.


Here is a little trivia about the Westminster Kennel Club that you may not know:

The Westminster Kennel Club is known for its famous annual all-breed dog show held every year in NYC.  The Club was named after a hotel in Manhattan, the Westminster Hotel, where its founders, a group of sporting gentlemen met to discuss shooting accomplishments and the talents of their dogs.  The Club was originally named the Westminster Breeding Association, a kennel that raised Pointers for hunting and field trials. In 1876 the Westminster Breeding Association staged a dog show in Philadelphia to celebrate America’s Centennial.  Participating in the Centennial Show inspired the group members to change the name of the Association to Westminster Kennel Club, incorporate and hold their own dog show in NYC every year thereafter. The Westminster Kennel Club was very influential in the world of dogs and breeders. In 1884, members of the Westminster Kennel Club and the Kennel Club of Philadelphia met to establish a national governing body for dog registrations and dog shows, what we know today as the American Kennel Club.

Hurray for Miss P Beagle winning Best in Show 2015!