I am trying to create an eye. Sounds simple, and it should be simple but I'm having a frustrating problem.

For some reason, when I apply a texture, the UV mapping sends the texture to the back of the eyeball and the mesh itself has a square pupil rather than a circular one. enter image description here

If I flip normals, nothing happens. If I scale the UV mapping by hitting "S 1", it sends the texture to the front which is great, but duplicates the eye texture like a hundred times along the sides and back of the eyeball.

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These are the only nodes I am using so far on the material.enter image description here

I've tried looking into this for hours with no success. Does anyone know why this would be happening? I don't think it's the the picture I'm using either, I've tried other 3D eye pics and they all have the same issue.

The UV mapping is also huge compared the the original graph, since scaling is the only way I've been able to send the texture to the front of the eye.

I am fairly new to Blender and I appreciate any guidance that'll help me continue growing.


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In the unwrapped sphere, the center of the flower pattern is probably where you want the iris to show up. The "pedals" represent the sides and back of the sphere. Blender automatically wraps the "pedals" around over the image again if they go off the edge. On the other hand, if they don't go off the edge, the iris is too large. Probably the easiest solution is to edit the iris image itself to make the iris smaller and then have more white background.

The original iris picture I used (https://image.shutterstock.com/image-illustration/illustration-blue-iris-digital-artwork-260nw-566777233.jpg) had the white just barely fitting around the iris. I used Gimp to shrink the iris and make more white margin.

When I used the new iris picture for the texture, it worked.

Iris covers half the eyeball

As you can see, the iris is still huge, but that would have been solved if I had made the iris smaller in Gimp. You can probably use most other image editors to shrink the iris (maybe even blender, though I couldn't figure out any easy way to do that). If you have Gimp, I made the iris smaller by selecting the iris and shrinking it with the scale tool. Then I selected the main (Iris.png) layer and filled the alpha area with white.


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