Creating Cardiac Rate Effect with Photoshop


In this Photoshop tutorial I’m going to show how you can create cardiac rate effect which I got by experimenting with Photoshop filters.

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Creating Cardiac Rate Effect

Note: This is one old tutorial updated.

Step 1

Create a new document with size of 700×700 pixels for this tutorial. Select the Paint Bucket Tool and fill canvas with black color (#000000).

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Step 2

Apply Gradient Overlay to this layer by going to Layer > Layer Style > Gradient Overlay.

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Step 3

Create a new layer. Merge both layers (Shift+Ctrl+E) to get all effects on one layer and apply Filter > Brush Strokes > Sprayed Strokes with following settings:

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Step 4

Select Horizontal Type Tool and write something like BEAT. Text color should be white, font selected was Swis721 BdOul BT Bold (free font), 120px and smooth.

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Step 5

Select the Line Tool (Weight: 3 px) and draw the lines like on my image below:

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Step 6

Merge all line layers with text layer into one layer. Select Eraser Tool and hard round brush (12px, opacity 100%) and delete lines like i show on my image below.

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Step 7

Rotate layer by going to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CCW.

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Step 8

Apply Filter > Stylize > Wind with following settings:

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Step 9

Press Ctrl+F one more time to repeat filter.

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Step 10

Apply Filter > Stylize > Wind again but update direction to Right:

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Step 11

Press Ctrl+F one more time to repeat filter.

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Step 12

Rotate text by going to Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CW.

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Step 13

Go to Layer > Layer Style and apply Outer Glow and Color Overlay to this layer.

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Final Image

Creating Cardiac Rate Effect

We have completed this tutorial with this final step.


  • shifaazham

    Wow! This is so cool! Now I have something new to do for my Senior Page! Thanks a lot for the awesome tutorial! πŸ˜€

  • willis

    I’m real glad I found your site! Where can I get this font? I can not locate it on the web and really want to try this tutorial you made. Thanks

  • mandeepleo5

    Thank u very much. Superb tutorial.

  • berto91

    @Willis – Here you go:

    So glad I came across this site, I’ve just started a digital media course and this has really made me feel more comfortable with photoshop, thanks very much!!

  • agnesia pandora

    i have problem with this step ” After that create a new layer and merge it with previous to get all effects in one layer. Then apply Filter > Brush Strokes > Sprayed Strokes with next parameters”. i try then but the sprayed strokes not work. thx for help.

  • HellCritical

    @agnesia pandora – I have this problem too. :( Nobody can help us?!

  • hamid_00a

    tanx for tutorials
    what’s font name? i do not have

  • laurie

    Really nice tutorial :)

  • ashwani

    nice tutorial it help me a lot in working and advertise

  • Badlad220

    can u use photoshop cs2 to do this and if so wot font

  • awwiii

    i can change the colour at gradient overlay…
    please help me

  • awwiii

    hey great!
    i have done this.!

  • Tarun


  • chickenliver

    hey agnesia and hellcritical, to get the effect to work you have to merge visible not merge down-hope that helps

  • amandafin

    Looks awesome, but I can’t find my line tool πŸ˜€ Where it is? (Its not where it is in your photoshop, Im using photoshop cs4)

  • rendi666

    nice tutorial…

  • photaky

    I have the same problem…I can’t apply the Sprayed Strokes…any help please?

  • jennilyn g. rivera

    i like it. i will use it on designing manual for the hospital

  • Sayed Elham

    thanks for this …..

  • abhishek

    thanks for this tutorial….
    its totally awesome…

  • yonatanp

    what font did you use?

    • Luis

      Swis721 BdOul BT Bold

  • Amer

    It’s a good tutorial.

  • kalay

    i like this tutorial. very nice.

  • badri

    explanation is very nice

  • jen

    how did u use the line tool and merge it w/ the text? mines giving me a box when using line tool.

    • Micah

      click and hold on your text layer, then click ctrl for whhichever layer you want to select, then go to the layer drop down menu and choose merge layers. Also on the box, you have to right click it to select line tool.

  • Gagandeep

    Useful Tut :) Thanks

  • akCeL

    ty, i used this effect for the Name of my girlfriend (wallpaper)

  • Farana

    Very Nice..
    What is ur Photoshop software’s Version ?

    I hate photoshop till Now.. But NOW i just wanna use it right NOW πŸ˜€



  • Stephanie

    It looks neat, but I’d be incredibly terrified if somebody’s EKG reading had all of those tiny spikes…. They’d be pretty much dead if that ever happened…. Oh well. Still neat looking. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Su Su Myat

    Thanks you. It’s simply for me so I like it.

  • Rajneesh Gadge

    Nice tutorial!!

    Keep Writing :)

  • Akramullah Ashraf

    Thanks you. It’s simply for me so I like it.

  • Rachelle Straughn

    This tutorial was very easy! It only took me 10 minutes! But it’s great for beginners. I love how this tutorial has the color codes. But I wish there was layer pictures. :)

  • Mick3lHD

    Wow nice lovin it keep it up (:

  • naeem

    nice tut man keep it up

  • Trey Titone

    Thinking about using this for a logo on my website. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • Mary

    Omg I can not rotate my layer :o. It says: ~The selected portion of the path does not enclose any pixels.
    I followed all the steps since STEP 7. What is the problem?
    I tryed Ctr+T combination to free transform edit and I get the same message.

    Roarr Im a pretty noob :/
    Helpp >.<

  • Mohamed Sameer

    Very nice and simply work for grate effect. I like it.

  • yakin

    nice and simply work for grate effect. I like it.

  • Hanna

    Great tutorial ……thanks

  • achraf_morocco

    hi i don’t have swis721 in my cs3

  • sangbloger

    nice tutorials… thanks

  • Abdul Mannan Asif

    Excellent Design:)

  • michael

    I started studying photoshop using tutorials from this website and it gave me a hyper boost

  • Rajesh

    very nice

  • Romeo1312

    You should name your Layers !
    How much layers do you use with the Line Tool ?
    Which layers do you merge ?
    Why does all my image became pink instead of the word Beat with de Beating line ?

    Thanks for your answer !

    Otherwise great tutorial !!!

  • Salman

    Great site… really helped me a lot… thx

  • Spitfire

    nice easy, well explained tutorial

  • sumit

    difficulty with drawing line………..

  • amr

    i can’t Merge all line layers with text layer into one layer…i hope you to help me :)

    • Sam

      What Error you Get?

  • Paolo Tugano

    There’s a smile in my face when I finished it :)

  • eliza

    i actually did this and its so simple and cool πŸ˜€

  • kush

    I’ve got a problem. when i try to use eraser it asks to rasterize the layer and when i OK it, it doesn’t erase the line that i drew. HELP please..!!

    • Sam

      Hiii…! when you write name, its automatic make new Layer with Font name. and when you make Line, Make it in New Layer. make new Layer and Make Line. after that you Marge Text and this Line Layer. Get it? :)

  • 2fast4u247

    AWESOME tutorial. 5 Starts! πŸ˜€ This is the first text tutorial I’ve ever actually understood, so BRAVO!

  • Sam

    How’z this?

    • James

      Sam, how did you post your design this large?

      • Calum

        I did 1920×1080 what you do is instead of going to “Edit > Transform > Rotate 90 CCW” instead you go to Image > Image Rotation > 90 CCW. Hope this helps

  • Sonmer

    Wherecan I found the text style that he is using??

  • Kris Gokuraku

    type in google; font Swis721 BdOul BT Bold

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  • James

    this is a outstanding design, if I was a design teacher I would use this design to teach steps on how to use the photoshop program!

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