NEWS ARCHIVE

  • Funky Buttons (In Blender 2.79) (9/13/2017) - Hi everyone. I posted this in the General Help forum as well, but thought I’d post it twice for good measure. Blender 2.79 (official) is here and with it comes some cool new stuff. One thing that’s not super cool is the way the API (code stuff) has changed for displaying buttons. So you may […]
  • How to uninstall Sensei Format (8/2/2017) - File > Sensei Format > Full Uninstall (press “Full Uninstall”)
  • Increased Attachment Upload Size For Forums (3/17/2017) - The file size limit for uploading attachments in the forums has been increased to 30mb. This should make it easier to share files, request feedback or get help. Just a reminder, the files will upload after you post your topic or reply and you can upload multiple files at a time by pressing the “+” […]
  • Updating To Lettered Versions of Blender (2.78c) (3/8/2017) - Just a reminder to Sensei Format users that you can update to any lettered version of Blender, that is version numbers with letters added to them such as Blender 2.78c, without doing anything to Sensei Format or your previous version of Blender. These lettered versions indicate official Blender releases that have been updated for bug […]
  • New Zero Brush Bake System! (11/28/2016) - The Zero Brush bake system has been completely overhauled. You can now instantly bake one or multiple objects (for both Blender Render or Cycles) individually, or to a single map if preferred. There are no stipulations or requirements for baking to one map or individual maps as there were in the previous system. The new […]
  • PSD support in Blender! (10/25/2016) - Those moments when you discover a crucially important feature has actually been available for years! Apparently Blender has had support for PSD files since 2.70… It’s possible I discovered this in the past but forgot about it after trying to load a layered .PSD file and it not working. Which using layered .PSD files in […]
  • Alchemy Feature Playlist Complete (10/21/2016) - The intial video playlist for the Alchemy Material Library Addon for Blender is now complete. Check them out below:
  • ZB Particle Edit Mode Options (4/26/2016) - The Zero Brush Particle Edit Mode has had a complete makeover, including a complete rehashing of the particle brush menu. These new tools make creating, animating and coloring multi-layered hair particle systems super easy. Download the high-res, updated user manual by clicking here: DOWNLOAD ZB MANUAL Purchase Zero Brush in the Blender Sensei store by […]
  • About Recent Sensei Format Updates (12/30/2015) - So I’ve been having to update Sensei Format a lot lately, which if you have auto-update turned on, might get a little annoying over the past few weeks. So here’s what’s going on. I’m currently trying to update and complete the Blender Sensei Crash Course, but everytime I start recording a new tutorial I realize […]
  • Seamless Elemental Brush Pack (10/20/2015) - What makes Seamless Elemental textures different from something you’d pull from Google images? DOWNLOAD SAMPLE PACK Credit/Debit & Paypal Accepted 25 FREE brushes (half resolution 1024×1024)
  • Creating Your Own Hotkeys In Blender (9/18/2015) - Here is a quick demonstration of how you can create your own hotkeys in Blender by duplicating hotkeys which already exist and changing them. In this particular example we setup a new Zoom key to use in the 3D View. Keep in mind, that if another hotkey is already using the mouse clicks or keys […]
  • Sensei Format Installer (9/9/2015) - A Few of The New Perks: • Sensei Format can now be installed or uninstalled like any regular Blender addon. • No more special installation instructions for individual operating systems. • No longer necessary to select resolution size. • Sensei Format can be activated/deactivated or completely uninstalled right from Blender’s File menu. Switch back and […]
  • Sensei Format Fixed And Updated (7/20/2015) - Hello everyone, if you downloaded Sensei Format (which you can get by clicking HERE) between July 17th and 12:00 PM July 20th, then you’ll definitely want to go and redownload Sensei Format and install it again. There was a bug causing some of the Sensei Format addons not to display properly. My apologies but this […]
  • Updating Sensei Format Video Plus Cool New Feature (7/14/2015) - There is an update to Sensei Format and along with the update is a new video explaining how to best install new versions of Blender while using Sensei Format as well as updating Sensei Format it self should you choose to. The new update includes several tweaks and fixes you can check it out here: […]
  • Brush Symmetry Finally In Blender Tex Paint!! (6/15/2015) - Brush symmetry has for ages been a standard part of sculpting and weight painting in Blender, with Blender 2.75 we finally get a brush mirror option for texture painting! YES! This feature will of course be integrated into the Zero Brush tools display on the left side of the screen in an update soon. Check […]
  • Simple Theme Customization And News (6/10/2015) - Hello friends. A new feature has been added to Sensei Format which allows you to adjust the 3D view background gradient, grid, and selection color right from the properties shelf. Press “T” in the main 3D View area to bring up your properties shelf to the right. Under the menu “Display” you will now find […]
  • Updates (6/4/2015) - I started uploading the new video tutorial series when it finally really sank in, most of the video and sound quality of my tutorials are, by today’s standards, not great. So I’ve invested in upgrading both fields. The new Blender Crash course videos will be filmed at deliciously high frame rates and very smooth playback. […]
  • Sensei Format 2015 Is Here! (5/29/2015) - SENSEI FORMAT 2015 IS HERE! Sensei Format is a FREE extension for Blender (a free 3D animation program) which enhances and makes Blender easier to use. Sensei Format is part of a free training series (Blender Crash Course) designed to advance the novice or new user to expert level in a very short amount of […]
  • Drag And Drop Environments (4/30/2015) - HDRI maps are images used in 3D software to create skies, brilliant backdrops or supply ultra realistic lighting for 3D renders and animations. This addon automatically generates fully HDRI-lit renderable (and viewport visible) environments from any image you drag and drop into your 3D View in Blender. Use amazing free environment maps from sites like […]
  • 2.74 Blender Bug (not Sensei Format) (4/1/2015) - Windows users, the latest version of Blender (2.74) contains a bug where in if “Load UI” is unchecked in the user preferences then opening a Blend file while not from within Blender’s file manager (like say for instance you just click on a .blend file you have sitting on your desktop) will immediately crash Blender […]
  • Why Pay? (2/27/2015) - A lite version of Zero Brush 1.5 will now be installed with Sensei Format by default for free. Those interested in the full feature set of Zero Brush 1.5 (found here) can purchase a copy in the store (HERE) to help fund further development. Sensei Format will of course continue to be free (it will […]
  • Windows .zip Sensei Format Install Notice (2/26/2015) - IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO SENSEI FORMAT WINDOWS USERS: Windows users, installing Sensei format via the .zip file is the easiest way, however by installing this way you’ll need to always open up files you save by first opening up Blender.exe (or shortcut to Blender.exe) and navigating to your file or by using the library that we […]
  • Sensei Format Release update (2/25/2015) - There was an issue preventing some people from moving and scaling stencil brushes in Sensei Format. This should not have affected those not using Sensei Format and just using Zero Brush 1.5. This has been fixed along with some slight resolution tweaking for lower resolution users of Sensei Format. I also updated control for the […]
  • May need to re-upload your site avatar… apologies. (2/19/2015) - The site has recently undergone some changes and unfortunately the code in the settings for user avatars was corrupted. All is well now but some people may need to reupload their user avatars (if you had one or wish to have one). My apologies to everyone who lost their avatar.
  • Blender 2.73 Wow. (12/26/2014) - So it looks like Blender 2.73 is on its way with release candidates available at blender.org/download. Once again I apologize for the long wait between releases of Sensei Format and Zero Brush. This new version has some incredible new features such as a massive update to the grease pencil tool which will probably end up […]
  • Because I Choose To 2.72 (9/24/2014) - Hello friends. Blender 2.72 release candidates are now available at blender.org/download. There are a lot of huge upgrades and changes in this version that I’ve had to change a lot of things for Sensei Format. The current version of Sensei Format and Zero Brush are not yet compatible with this latest release. Sensei Format and […]
  • Forums now support uploading images and attachments (8/31/2014) - You can now upload images, screenshots, PDF, PSD, DOC, TXT, JPG, GIF, ZIP, and of course .blend files when creating new topics or when responding in the forums. The max file size for these uploads is only 5MB (these should be mostly for the purpose of demonstrating ideas, issues etc… or for displaying your new […]
  • Forums now support formatting for code (8/14/2014) - I’ve updated the forums to be able to properly handle posts with code. Just make sure you put a <pre> before your code and a </pre> after your code. If you forget, there is a reminder of how to implement posts with code at the bottom of new topics and replies.
  • Zero Brush Addon By: Blender Sensei (7/3/2014) - CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW ZERO BRUSH 1.5 TEXTURE PAINTING: Texture Painting With Zero Brush FORUM: Zero Brush Forum SUPPORT THIS PROJECT GET THE LATEST VERSION OF ZERO BRUSH DOWNLOAD
  • The All New Sensei Format (7/2/2014) - Sensei Format has just gone beast mode. Here is a list of the latest updates and features. NEW WORKSPACE: HACKER Hacker is the first of several new workspaces I have planned for Sensei Format (See bottom of article). Hacker brings all of Blender’s scripting abilities to the table along with several new features of its […]
  • You can now track your posts in the forum. (4/21/2014) - Added some desperately needed functionality to the site’s forums. After posting a topic, you can now check mark whether or not you’d like to be updated if someone replies to a topic you created or a reply you’ve made. Also you can now subscribe to topics and keep track of them via your user profile. […]
  • This Is Not The End (Bug Fixes And Updates) (3/21/2014) - Thanks to everyone who’s stuck around and joined up for this journey. I have only four videos left to do in this series which will total 45 in number. They are altogether less than 7 hours in length which means my claim that someone could go from knowing jack zilch about 3D modeling or Blender […]
  • Bug Fixes And Updates For Sensei Format 3 (1/31/2014) - This is for people who downloaded Sensei Format 3 before January 31, 2014: I previously thought version 2.69 of Blender contained some bugs in its drag and drop functionality. Turns out the bug responsible for this was on my side of things. Drag and Drop parenting now functions properly for both texture dropping and parenting. […]
  • Some Updates To The Site And Other Cool Stuff (12/5/2013) - I discovered a few bugs on the site and got them fixed. Also added some functionality to the forums page. The main forums page now displays the latest topics posted. There was a problem with the user accounts as well that has now been fixed. Meanwhile I’ve been working a lot on finishing the main […]
  • Updating Blender For Sensei Format (11/3/2013) - I Just upgraded from Blender version 2.68 to 2.69. Everything seems to be working fine with Sensei Format. All you have to do is go to the original folder where you installed the Sensei Format 3 files and change its name from “2.68” to “2.69”. If you need help remembering where this folder is please […]
  • Reached 2,000 Subscribers Today! (11/3/2013) - Stoked to reach 2,000 subscribers on YouTube today. Thanks to everyone for your support and contributions! I’m almost finished with the complete Sensei Format 3 Training series and have a lot more amazing new things coming up soon.
  • Theme Update (10/21/2013) - Ok, so I’ve tweaked the Blender Sensei Format 3 color scheme just a little. These changes will not affect the functionality of Sensei format 3 or the ability to follow any of the tutorials. They will however increase contrast and clarity in the 3D viewport. To install this theme: 1. Download the file sensei_theme_update_10_21_2013.zip 2. […]
  • Updated The Main Playlist (10/19/2013) - I’ve taken advantage of a Youtube playlist feature I discovered today by removing the intro and outros of the videos on the playlist “Learn 3D Animation In A Day!” This has reduced the amount of total time in that series by almost 30 minutes. If someone is already invested in watching the playlist, then they […]
  • Blender Sensei: Blog Review Post (10/11/2013) - BLENDER MADE EASY Sensei Format makes learning Blender easy. Learn the world’s most impressive, free 3D software in hours. SUBSCRIBE ON YOUTUBE Join over 1500 subscribers on youtube and stay updated with the latest tutorials and tips. LEARN ON ANY COMPUTER Blender works on all operating systems. Sensei Format installs by pasting one file into […]
  • Collab Requests now merged into Community Build (10/6/2013) - I got a request from a user to make a game dungeon set like in the Unity Assets store. I loved the idea for the tutorial but told him it might be some time before I got around to making it but that he should post a request in the forums. So then I realized […]
  • Theme Update (10/4/2013) - These changes regard color schemes within the 3D view for object and edit modes and will not change any functionality of Sensei Format 3. If you’re following along with the tutorial series, please note these changes will not affect your ability to follow the tutorials at all. They are completely optional, just wanted to share […]
  • Why Are You Doing This? (10/4/2013) - Blender rules. Thousands of contributors around the world have worked for decades to make this software what it is. The possible applications for Blender are endless, and therein lies my core reason for doing this. I just decided there was too much that slowed down using and teaching Blender for the individual/small group users. Sensei […]
  • Increased Security At No Annoyance Cost. (10/4/2013) - Just upgraded some security which should check more thoroughly before letting spambots sign up or comment but not sure if it’s going to go all ED-209 on everybody’s ass. The good news though, is that it’s all behind the scenes so no captchas or stuff like that. If you’re having trouble commenting, signing up or […]
  • DuckDuckGo Is Cool! (10/2/2013) - Looking on my dashboard today noticing that almost half of my traffic was being funneled in from the new search engine duckduckgo.com Went to check it out and low and behold who should I find representing the startup but alternative comic, Mike Birbiglia. Neat. I’m not one to often sway from the likes of Google […]
  • The Blender Sensei website is now fully operational! (9/26/2013) - I’ve fixed tons of bugs and cross browser compatibility issues, created a new comment and forum system from scratch not to mention an entire user login and profile system. The new forum system is about ten times more legit than my first go at it and I’ve added a bunch of new forum topics as […]
  • Woohoo Blender Sensei Featured on Youtube. (9/24/2013) - Not sure why but one of my videos in the Sensei Format 3 series, video number six, has been featured by Youtube. Up until now I had always assumed that the featured videos were paid spots. Upon watching an informational video from youtube featuring a cartoon bear, I learned that they are just staff picked […]
  • Please bare with me as I make the last few fixes to the site today! (9/20/2013) - Hey everyone if you’ve been checking the site out you may notice a bunch of inconsistencies and buggy type things. I’ve had to make some changes directly online without putting the site in maintenance mode. It’s lame, I know but should have everything working spiffy by tomorrow. Thanks!
  • Experiencing some problems with the site. (9/15/2013) - Yeah, basicly just what I said up there. You always think you’re done and then you realize you’re never more than two steps from hell. Anyway going to put a much better forum and commenting system up, so stay tuned.
  • Super Awesome Linux/Ubuntu One Button Install! (9/14/2013) - Thanks to EvilKillerFiggin once again, for making an amazing script which does the job of downloading Blender, Sensei Format 3 and installing it all in one go for Linux/Ubuntu users! That’s incredible. The next logical step would be to get this figured out for Windows and Mac OS, compile it with an icon into a […]
  • GLITCH FIX: File Browser Strangeness (9/14/2013) - Apparently I had left some file paths open to my local computer in some Sensei Format 3 configuration files. Thanks to EvilKillerFiggen for pointing that out. This shouldn’t actually affect being able to use bookmarks or the assets library, but as EKF put it, it looked confusing and weird and also I’m not trying to […]
  • GLITCH FIX: Depth of Field Causing Crash (9/13/2013) - If you downloaded Sensei Format 3 before September 4, 2013 then you may encounter a glitch when using the depth of field. If you downloaded it after September 4 then there shouldn’t be a problem. To fix this you don’t need to download SF3 again, just turn on Blender hover your mouse over the bottom […]
  • Welcome To The Site (9/13/2013) - The Blender Sensei website is finally here. Blender tutorials abound. Check out the huge free textures library up in the resources menu and be sure to visit the forums if you have any questions.