Create an ‘X-Men’ Inspired Eye Replacement in After Effects

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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.  More…

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