PSD Color Wheel

PSD Color Wheel

Photoshop CS6 Tutorial


How to Use the Photoshop PSD Color Wheel



The Photoshop color wheel is somewhat different than a conventional painter color wheel. Color theory tells us that there are three primary colors (red, blue and yellow) and three secondary colors (orange, violet and green).

The computer color wheel is comprised of red, green, blue and yellow, cyan, magenta. By mixing red, green and blue values, you can create millions of colors on your computer screen.


Step One

Open the color picker by clicking the Foreground Color swatch.

Step Two

Click multiple times in the picker swatch and notice that each color is described in five different ways (HSB, RGB, Lab, CMYK and Hex (web)).

Step Three

Choose 100 percent red, R = 255, G = 0, B = 0).

Step Four

Notice that the Hue, Saturation, Brightness value (HSB) is H = 0, S = 100, B = 100.

Step Five

The color wheel has 360 degrees. The computer color wheel complement of red is 180 degrees shift in the hue (H = 180, S = 100, B = 100. This gives you Cyan.

Step Six

Computer Color Wheel Complements are Red and Cyan, Blue and Yellow, Green and Magenta.

Step Seven

Web colors are defined with six characters. The first two assign a red value, the second two control the green and values five and six specify the blue component.

Photoshop Color Pickers

Photoshop includes multiple color pickers. To change pickers, go to the Preferences General tab and select a different color picker. career skills