This After Effects tutorial is part of our ‘Summer of Superheroes,’ a week of superhero content including VFX tutorials and original designs. Check out the first tutorial, which shows how to create a fighter jet attack scene in After Effects, and the second tutorial, which shows how to create Star Trek Beyond-inspired titles in After Effects.


The Storm-inspired eyeball replacement effect is one of the coolest effects to come out of Hollywood. However, if you’ve ever tried to do it yourself, you’ve probably run into a few roadblocks like motion tracking and creating a convincing look.

In the following tutorial we’ll take a look at how to create a convincing eye replacement in After Effects. The tutorial will cover:

  • Motion Tracking Eyes
  • Using Adjustment Layers to Naturally Grade Footage
  • Transfer Modes
  • Simulating Reflections
  • Color Grading

One of the more interesting things that you’ll learn in this After Effects tutorial is the different ways to make an eyeball look more realistic. Specifically, we’ll look at how to use feathered edges and shadows to better composite your replaced eyeball.

Free Eye Replacement Project Download

To follow along with this tutorial simply download the project file below. Inside you’ll find the footage assets used to create this tutorial along with an After Effects project file that features the end result. The project file will work in After Effects CS6 and higher.

You are free to use the video assets for educational purposes, but you may not distribute or use the assets in any commercial work.

Click to Download AE Project File

If you have any questions regarding this tutorial feel free to ask in the comments below.