I'm trying to map a texture to a sphere without UV mapping, and here's my node setup: all info needed

I wanted to set the image texture projection to "sphere", as I saw it being used in a tutorial, but as the picture shows, I don't have the option to use sphere projections. I am using Cycles render and have the texture on a UV sphere, not an icosphere.

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    $\begingroup$ What version of Blender are you using? Seems like an outdated version $\endgroup$ Jul 20, 2016 at 1:27
  • $\begingroup$ upgrade to a newer version of blender. $\endgroup$
    – user1853
    Jul 20, 2016 at 4:57
  • $\begingroup$ My blender version: Blender 2.71. Newest version: 2.77a $\endgroup$
    – snipers500
    Jul 20, 2016 at 14:11

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In the screenshots shown Blender version 2.71 was installed. One should have upgraded Blender to a newer version as this functionality was added as of 2.74:

Image texture node now supports sphere and tube mapping. 12ccac6, dda3554

Thank you cegaton


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