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.

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.

2014 studiopets – What’s Not to Love About…

12 Puppy Puzzle Square-upsWhat’s Not to Love About… is a 12 collage studiopets puzzle created by Kelly Richardson, available for license now. This is a small representation of what Kelly has to offer. KRI has hundreds of studiopets in every category imaginable: holidays, birthday, food, coffee, beach, school, diva, flowers, bath time, kids toys, work/office, sports, and much more. See slideshow below. All studiopets are isolated on a white background, so that beautiful complimentary colors, and background patterns can be added in post. Studiopets are extremely versatile to fit any product specs. Kelly is available to help with your project needs.

What’s Not To Love About… 12 collage studiopets Christmas puzzle available for license now.

Christmas Puzzle Pet Square-ups

Slideshow below shows a variety of favorite images of StudioPets from categories and holidays that are in the Image-Bank. This is a small representation of what is available. Please check the image-bank for more. *If there is something particular you are looking for, please contact Kelly. There are still so many images that are not yet uploaded in the image-bank.

Surtex Show Days

Surtex Show Days – the Finished Booth with tabletop Displays

My tabletop displays consisted of one iPad on a stand with a running gallery of over 500 images, along with 500 hard copies printed out 8 1/2 x 11- they are placed in the pink and blue boxes on the table.  I used a cute dog bowl to hold my business cards.  I had company catalogs and postcards for handouts as well as 4 different designs for bookmarks. I had another small tabletop made of foam board next to the Minnie Chi Banner. On it I displayed some mock-up products: a clipboard, playing cards, luggage tags, key chains, etc. We added finishing touches to the booth with party balloons blown up and placed in a bouquet on the table to add to the Celebration theme.

The show was a huge success.  I made many great contacts for party ware, gift bags, greeting cards, puzzles, and stationary. Our aisle kept busy for the most part with buyers from all over the US.   During the down time, I enjoyed meeting and learning information from my “booth mates”.

Surtex Booth photographer pet Pet photographer surtex booth

Surtex set-up

Surtex Booth Photo Banners and tableSet-up day at Surtex 2014

We flew in Friday morning and went straight to work.  Being too early to check-in our hotel we took advantage of our time and went straight to the Javitz Convention Center to set-up.  We checked the banners in as luggage on the plane and had to worries with receiving shipment at the docks, so we were ready! It was quick and easy with my family to help. Everything measured up  as it should.  We used command strips and they worked perfectly, easy to take off the wall panels without tearing the banners, which we plan to reuse the banners for Licensing Expo in June.  I knew exact measurements thanks to Surtex and Cathy Heck Studios who provided a useful Webinar to all exhibitors about booth set-up pre-show in the months before. Now set-up is done we have a free day on Saturday with plans to explore Times Square, eat at Ellen’s Stardust Cafe and see the Yankees play!