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.


66 thoughts on “Creating Cardiac Rate Effect with Photoshop

  1. shifaazham says:

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

  2. willis says:

    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

  3. mandeepleo5 says:

    Thank u very much. Superb tutorial.

  4. berto91 says:

    @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!!

  5. agnesia pandora says:

    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.

  6. HellCritical says:

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

  7. hamid_00a says:

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

  8. laurie says:

    Really nice tutorial :)

  9. ashwani says:

    nice tutorial it help me a lot in working and advertise

  10. Badlad220 says:

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

  11. awwiii says:

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

  12. awwiii says:

    hey great!
    i have done this.!

  13. Tarun says:


  14. chickenliver says:

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

  15. amandafin says:

    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)

  16. rendi666 says:

    nice tutorial…

  17. photaky says:

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

  18. jennilyn g. rivera says:

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

  19. Sayed Elham says:

    thanks for this …..

  20. abhishek says:

    thanks for this tutorial….
    its totally awesome…

  21. yonatanp says:

    what font did you use?

    1. Luis says:

      Swis721 BdOul BT Bold

  22. Amer says:

    It’s a good tutorial.

  23. kalay says:

    i like this tutorial. very nice.

  24. badri says:

    explanation is very nice

  25. jen says:

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

    1. Micah says:

      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.

  26. Gagandeep says:

    Useful Tut :) Thanks

  27. akCeL says:

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

  28. Farana says:

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

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

  29. VALENCE says:


  30. Stephanie says:

    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!

  31. Su Su Myat says:

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

  32. Rajneesh Gadge says:

    Nice tutorial!!

    Keep Writing :)

  33. Akramullah Ashraf says:

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

  34. Rachelle Straughn says:

    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. :)

  35. Mick3lHD says:

    Wow nice lovin it keep it up (:

  36. naeem says:

    nice tut man keep it up

  37. Trey Titone says:

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

  38. Mary says:

    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 >.<

  39. Mohamed Sameer says:

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

  40. yakin says:

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

  41. Hanna says:

    Great tutorial ……thanks

  42. achraf_morocco says:

    hi i don’t have swis721 in my cs3

  43. sangbloger says:

    nice tutorials… thanks

  44. Abdul Mannan Asif says:

    Excellent Design:)

  45. michael says:

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

  46. Rajesh says:

    very nice

  47. Romeo1312 says:

    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 !!!

  48. Salman says:

    Great site… really helped me a lot… thx

  49. Spitfire says:

    nice easy, well explained tutorial

  50. sumit says:

    difficulty with drawing line………..

  51. amr says:

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

    1. Sam says:

      What Error you Get?

  52. Paolo Tugano says:

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

  53. eliza says:

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

  54. kush says:

    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..!!

    1. Sam says:

      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? :)

  55. 2fast4u247 says:

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

  56. Sam says:

    How’z this?

    1. James says:

      Sam, how did you post your design this large?

      1. Calum says:

        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

  57. Sonmer says:

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

  58. type in google; font Swis721 BdOul BT Bold

  59. George Yao says:


  60. James says:

    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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