In the "Realistic Earth" Blender Guru video by @andrewprice there is a handy submenu in Texture called "Mapping". It has "Sphere Projection" which allows an image to map to a UV sphere "automatically" without UV unwrapping. I'd like to try but don't see it in my Texture menu. 2.74, tried both Cycles and Blender render setting.
- what can I do to get that "magic button"?
- is there a better way (without UV unwrapping)? - although it's a classic, the video is almost 4 years old.
I'll treat UV unwrapping separately.
Right: my screenshot