Pracken's Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Country Farm House Series:
Straw Broom


I decided to make a country farm house and furnish it. Everything you see in the house was created by me.

This tutorial will show you how to make the straw broom (it's over there by the fireplace).

There are tutorials for all of the furnishings in this home, and you will find them all here.

Because there are so many items needed to furnish the house, I've tried to make the tutorials relatively easy so you'll be able to get through them all.

For this tutorial, you will need the following:

Paint Shop Pro. I used version 7.04 but if you are familiar with PSP, you should be able to convert the tutorial without problems. You can download the latest PSP version demo here.

My selection file. Place this in your PSP selections folder (or any location of your choice). You may download it here.

My color chart. Right click on this and save to your computer.


Step 1. Open a new image 75 x 275, white background.

Open up the color chart you saved. Copy and paste it as a new layer onto your canvas. Move it to the top out of your way. When you need a color, just click on it with your dropper tool.

Step 2. Add a new layer. Load selection 1 (go to selections>load from disk - then navigate to the location you placed your selection file). Flood fill with color #1.

Float the selection (go to selections>select all>selections>float; OR, hit "Ctrl+F" on your keyboard).

Set your background color to #2 (you're doing this so it will show up in your recent colors list when you apply a cutout). Apply a cutout using the settings in the screenshot, using color #2 as your shadow color. Just right click on the shadow color box and it'll show up in your recent colors list.

Repeat the cutout, but change the horizontal and vertical to -2.

01broom   02broom

Step 3. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #3 and your background color to null. Choose your draw tool, single line, size 1. Draw some lines for your straw.


Step 4. Now set your foreground color to color #4. Add a new layer and draw some more strands. Keep repeating this process until you have something that pleases you.


Step 5. Add a new layer. Set your foreground color to color #5 and your background to null. Choose your draw tool, freehand line, size 2. Draw some bands at the top of your broom.


When you're satisfied with your creation, delete the color chart, hide the background layer and merge visible layers. Save as psp format.

And that's all there is to it! It's ready to add to your farmhouse.

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This tutorial was created on July 7, 2004.
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