Photoshop has a variety of colours for graphic designers to access. Still, if you wish to use the colour wheel feature, these step-by-step guidelines will help you know how to access the colour wheel feature on Photoshop and how to use the feature.

Key takeaways

  • Click Ctrl + K and change the hue colour picker to “Hue wheel small.”
  • Select the brush tool, press Shift + Alt and right-click to choose the colour you want.
  • Repeat the same process.
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Step-by-step guidelines on how to create the colour wheel on Photoshop

White background on photoshop

Step 1: Create a new canvas

Your first step is to create a new canvas to work on. To do that, proceed to the top-left side of your screen and click on Files. In the drop-down menu that shows up, click on New, and move to the main screen to fill the dialogue box that will appear on your screen. Once filled, proceed to click Ok. A fresh canvas is ready for you to use.

 HUD Colour picker options

Step 2: Changing the hue colour picker

To access the colour wheel feature on Photoshop, click Ctrl + K on your screen. By clicking Ctrl + K, a dialogue box pops up with a Preferences menu. The main aim of using this dialogue box is to change the hue colour picker from the hue strip (small) to the hue wheel small as that’s the only way of displaying the colour wheel on Photoshop.

The default selected option here is Hue strip small.

Selecting Hue Wheel (small)

Step 3: Selecting the Hue wheel small

Once you have the dialogue box opened, please proceed to the HUD colour picker, click on the arrow in front of it, and in the drop-down options you see, click on the Hue wheel (small).

The correct option is chosen

Step 4: selected HUD colour picker.

Once you choose the Hue wheel small, don’t concern yourself with all the other pieces of information on the dialogue box. Scroll to the right-hand side of the screen and click on Ok.

White background on photoshop

Step 5: Creating a new layer

Right after that, you need a new layer to proceed with your work. To create a new layer, click on the Create new layer located between Group and Delete.

Colour wheel on the background layer

Step 6: Using the brush tool

The next step is how to use the colour wheel feature. To do that, pick the Brush tool, press Shift + Alt, and right-click. Once you do that, a colour wheel appears on your screen to choose the colour you want and the value of the colour. On the box located at the centre of the wheel, select the colour’s value on the wheel, i.e., choose the colour you desire.

Colour on the white background

Step 7: Selecting the colour

Once the colour wheel appears and you choose your colour and value, you can use the colour selected at will for whatever you want.

Colour wheel on the background layer

Step 8: Repeat the process

For as many times as you need access to the colour wheel, the process is the same. Pick the Brush tool, press Shift + Alt, and right-click on the screen. You will be able to make your colour.

2 Colours on the background layer

Step 9: Color view

As in the image above, you can see the two colours selected from the colour wheel feature.


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The color wheel feature is one of the easy to use features on Photoshop, and with the above easy to follow guidelines, using the color wheel feature will be a straight forward task afterward.