The Beginner's Workshop Team and Mentors are all experienced Graphics Artists. They are familiar with each project and are here to assist you in completing your projects. Your mentor will be with you throughout your Beginner's Workshop experience to guide and answer questions. Remember—there are NO stupid questions! If you have a problem that cannot be resolved through your mentor, please send a message to Merlene. We are here for YOU!

The Beginner's Workshop was conceived by MaryLou White back in 2002 to help those new to graphics learn to use PhotoImact. She gathered several other talented PI lovers and on February 8th, 2003 the BW opened for business and was promptly swamped with people wanting to learn. A waiting list had to be implemented until they could catch up. All the while MaryLou, along with the rest of the crew, was busy working behind the scenes adding new projects and refining others to make this the best graphics course available. And best of all, it was and still is completely FREE.

Sadly ULEAD, creators of PhotoImpact, was purchased by COREL (along with JASC PaintShop Pro) and was discontinued with the release of PI X3. There won't be another version ever. The BW continued teaching though, because it's still an awesome Graphics program.

In June of 2013, MaryLou suggested a Beginner's Workshop for PaintShop Pro to several of the PhotoImpact Beginner Workshop mentors. Everyone thought it was a great idea, thus, the PaintShop Pro Beginners Workshop was born. All of the tutorials were written specifically for this workshop and are not available to the general public. They were written, tested, edited, and tested again by a small, but dedicated group of graphic artists. The goal was to open the workshop in February, 2014.

Below are quick introductions to the team involved in the development of the Workshop. Some are the authors of your project tutorials, some are Testers or Editors of those tutorials. Without any one of them this workshop would not exist.

MaryLou White

Hi! I'm MaryLou and I reside in Sacramento, California. I spent almost my life using a computer starting back in the 60's as a programmer analyst. Somewhere around 2000, I started the PIRC Forum which was, and still is very successful. In 2002, I started a Beginners Workshop for PhotoImpact users (with lots of help). My urge to teach prompted me to write an on-line HTML course which I taught for 5 years. I have written many tutorials for both PhotoImpact and PaintShop Pro. While my specific interest isn't in making graphics, I like to teach others how to use a given program so they can show off their creative side.

In January, 2013, I realized that we all had many beautiful graphics and nothing to do with them. That's when I started the PIRC eCard site where our artists can share their work with the world. With the demise of PhotoImnpact, many of our PIRC members started using PaintShop Pro. In June of 2013, I once again, started another Beginners Workshop (with lots of help again), but this time, for PSP It took a lot of work by some very dedicated people but we did it!

My motto has always been, "Find a need, and fill it." and that's just what I've spent my life doing!

If you are interested in knowing more about me, please check out my website here.

Leenie, AKA Merlene

My name is Leenie, I use the name Gold Acres on the Internet. It's a pun on my last name and where I live in the gold producing area of northeastern Nevada. I love computers and learning new software programs. Shortly after getting my first computer in 1999 a friend asked me to fix an animation that didn't work correctly. I struggled through a badly written tutorial for PaintShop Pro. By the time I fixed her animation I could make them in my sleep, and I was hooked on graphics. Because of my friend I eventually created my first website and began to write tutorials.

In 2001 I found PhotoImpact while looking for a program to create and maintain web pages. I thought I would have no difficulty with it, but soon went searching for help. I joined a group called PI Newbies and by the end of that year was a moderator and writing conversion tutorials from PSP to PI. I met MaryLou and joined in the first Beginner's Workshop project becoming a Mentor as we opened our doors on February 8th, 2003.

Mentoring has been a very rewarding activity for me. It's wonderful to see someone who knows nothing about graphics grow to become a budding graphics artist. Because of the loss of PhotoImpact, I was happy to join the new Beginner's Workshop Project for PaintShop Pro. It's kind of like going back to my roots.

Besides mentoring and managing the Beginner's Workshop, I am a Calendar artist. For the past 13 years I have been making and sharing Desktop Calendars. These are graphic wallpapers that contain a calendar. I also breed Pomeranians. If you are interested in knowing more about me, please check out my website here.

Carol
Carol

Carol has been our Guidance Mentor, helping new mentors learn the ropes as well as a term as Assistant Manager going back to the early days with the PhotoImpact Workshop. It was hoped that she would be here in that capacity now, but fate has decided that it wasn't to be so. Carol was with us in the creation process and you will do the tutorial she wrote for us, but she herself won't be there to see your results. In October 2013 she became very ill and has now passed away.

Lin
Lin

Hi, I'm Lin. I live in the high desert in California, way out in the boonies. It can take me several hours to "run" to the store. I've had a computer since I went back to college in my late 40s, around 1993 I believe. I'm terrible on dates, so don't hold me to that.

I am both a traditional artist and a digital graphic artist. I majored in art at CSUN in the San Fernando Valley and I taught digital painting with PhotoImpact at Visual Arts Academy (VAA) on-line for about 4 years.

I somehow got hold of PI many years ago and was hunting for a place to learn to use it and found PI Beginners Workshop. I took that and loved it so much I became a mentor in June of 2005. In late 2012 I realized that since PI was never going to be released again, and since great strides are being made in graphic programs I needed to learn to use PSP.

I've taken lots of classes to learn PSP, in fact, I'm still taking some just to keep Learning new things. When Leenie said they were going to start a BW for PSP I jumped at the chance to be a part of making it the best place to learn PSP online. I look forward to mentoring and being an assitstant manager in the new BW. If you are interested in knowing more about me, please check out my website here.

Maureen
Maureen

My name is Maureen and I am married, have a son and daughter, six grandsons and two great grandsons, all of whom are the love of my life. We live on the beautiful Sunshine coast of Queensland. I can often be seen down at the beaches walking my beautiful little Maltese, Molly who is my delightful little furbaby.

My life with computers began in the early 1980's to the present. The technical world is moving at a very fast pace and sometimes hard to keep up, but I try.

Although I have taken many graphics and art classes, I am mostly self taught. I did art at college in my younger years, but that was oh so long ago. Long before we had anything digitised!

My journey in the digital arts world began when I received a version of CorelDraw back in the 1990's. It all seemed so very, very complicated. Later I found PhotoImpact and WOW, was it good and oh so easy to use. I joined the PIRC group online then went to the Beginner's Workshop. I eventually become a Mentor for a few years. I had a thirst for learning more about digital art and took a number of online classes. Later, I became an Instructor for an online school teaching Corel Painter, my first love after PaintShop Pro. I also use lots of other software in my search to learn more. I find digital painting relaxing and rewarding. I have been a PaintShop Pro Beta Tester with Corel for a number of years and find it really interesting to be at the forefront of the software during development and testing.

Being part of the Special Projects team writing tutorials for the new PaintShop Pro Beginner's Workshop has been rewarding, yet quite stressful at times. I'm sure Mentees will learn a lot from these tutorials. I had thought of a PaintShop Pro Beginner's Workshop a couple of years ago and so happy it has now come to fruition.

I am a member of the PIRC Bulletin Board where I am an Administrator and also a Moderator for the Paint It and PaintShop Pro forums, they keep me busy, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Helping people and passing on what I learn to others gives me a lot of pleasure, and it's always nice to see others learning too.

If you are interested in more about me, please check out my website here.

Nicky
Nicky

Hello. My name is Nicky. I got my first computer in 2001 and I received an email with pretty stationery and that got me going... I self taught myself the rudiments of PSP and then I discovered PhotoImpact and MaryLou's tutorials . I have not stopped since as there is always something to learn. PIRC covers so many subjects, that you will want to join the group as soon as you graduate from BW.

You will discover while doing this course how much fun it is to learn and create. The team has worked very hard to put together the best tutorials for you to learn from. I have enjoyed testing the tutorials and expanding my knowledge of PSP.

Your mentor is here for you, ask away when something is not clear. There are no "dumb" questions. And above all , enjoy yourself!

San
San

My name is San and I live in Australia and have been working with computers for the last 13years.

My first involvement with graphics was when I was shown a Photo Impact program once I saw what it did I had to buy it. Loved the program ever since did the Photo Impact Beginners Workshop. Doing Pixel Art is one of my favourite past times on the Computer. One day hoping I will be able to do digital painting.

I am now using Paintshop Pro more and more after doing some classes and still learning as there is always so much to learn in a graphics program. I was lucky enough to be asked to write and test tutorials for the new Beginners Workshop for PaintShop Pro .

I have been a Volunteer for the last ten years teaching seniors the basic of computers and a little bit of graphics is very rewarding.

My next challenge is to be a Mentor in the BW which I am looking forward to.

Hillie
Hillie

Hi all, I'm Hillie. How I got involved with the PSP BW forum was through proofreading the tutorials you will be doing. I volunteered and "got the job". So if you see any mistakes, it's my fault. Just kidding! I notified them of mistakes, they had to obey ;-)

I live in the beautiful Darling Downs region of South East Queensland, Australia, married with two sons, two daughters and two grandsons. I'm a musician (piano, keyboard, guitar, organ) and I also love to paint and draw (traditional - started as a child - and digital) and have exhibited. My favourite subject is horses. There's something about their free spirit that speaks to mine.

I started on the tech track back in the early 1990s and was hooked. My website is Hillie's Imagenation (pronounced "imagination") where you can check out my PhotoImpact tutorials, youtube videos, gallery, blog, gameplay vlog. My interests are art, photography, music, video creation, reading, writing, gaming (PC and PlayStation, mainly adventure and RPG), fantasy & animated movies, anything computer, and best of all - taking in the beauty of nature.

I found MaryLou and friends on the original PIRC forum in 2001. Best thing I ever did was get involved contributing and learning PI, starting with v4. It became an addiction. I'm still moderating and enjoy the interaction with people and helping them and their helping me. It's a mutual thing. The internet has opened up a world of creativity and learning, and as a bonus a bunch of great friends.











Our mentors are Leenie, Lin, San, Shazza, Suzie and Teejay. Below you can read a short Bio of each of them. All of them have been involved in the Workshop since the beginning. In addition they have graduated from the PhotoImpact version of the Workshop in the past.

DJ
DJ

My name is DJ. I live with my high school sweetheart of a hubby in Missouri, USA. We have 2 grown daughters, 3 grand daughters and 2 grand sons. We have 3 cats or should I say they have us, as I really feel that they own the house and only let us rent it from them so we can feed them, give them attention when they want, and clean up after them. (I so wish I could make them fill out a will leaving the house to us, lol)

I got my first computer way back in the 80's and had it for about 5 years. Then I got into computers again in 2000 and have not been without since. My graphic adventure started shortly after I got my 2nd computer when I saw some pages online and it made me what to start making them, so I bought my first PSP program and started off on this amazing journey. After taking a few classes I decided it would be cool to start teaching PSP so I could help others learn this awesome program. Now I have been a mod in learning groups for over 10 yrs.

I can't wait to meet you and walk through this journey together. Looking forward to working with you.

Shazza
Shazza

Hi! My name is Sharon aka Shazza and I am from North Carolina, where I have lived all my life. I have been using PSP for over 10 years, making graphics and writing tutorials. Despite how long I've been using PSP, I love that there is still always something new to learn! I enjoy helping others and am proud to be a part of the wonderful BW family. You can check out some of my tutorials and shares here here.

Teejay
Teejay

My name is Teejay, I am the loose cannon here. The nutter in the bunch...we all know there is always one...well hello I am it. I never take the easy road ... I throw myself into all and everything I do and I laugh a lot. Nothing is ever too much. I believe in fun if it isn't fun DONT DO IT !

I know we have to follow rules...that's the way of the world...so get these basics of PSP under your belt and then you will be able to bend those rules to your needs...that's where the fun really starts hot-ing up...As you have probably gathered I am a PSP addict. I love this little program..Personally I think it knocks the socks of ALL the rest ... It can do all and everything and more than the top brands and you are going to become its master... How utterly exiting is that...?

I will do my best to help where I can... And try not to infect you with nutty-itus.....but you never know. I look forward to meeting and working with you and I will try my very best to make this journey into PSP, exiting .easy and fun... Be seeing you....

Suzie
Suzie

Hello, my name is Susan and I live in Ontario, Canada. I became involved with Beginner's Workshop in 2004, first by completing the workshop with PhotoImpact and then mentoring for the past 8 years.

I had originally wanted a program to make 'cookie-cutter' frames for my photographs and quickly learned there was so much more to learn. Once I started the workshop I was addicted. Sharing the knowledge I had gained through mentoring has been very rewarding in many ways and I am looking forward to continuing with Paint Shop Pro. The team has put together a fantastic group of tutorials and by the time you are finished Beginner's Workshop you will have an excellent knowledge of the program, and will have produced some wonderful graphics. We aim to make the learning process enjoyable and are here with you every step of the way.

A bit about me....I'm a wife, a mother and a grandmother who has recently retired after 34 years in the financial industry. My passions are photography (wild life and landscapes) and I've recently started writing short stories to go along with my photos. Be forewarned, I am a giraffe-a-holic too



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