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How to Add the Color Wheel in Photoshop CS6

Using the hue color wheel in Photoshop CS6

The color picker in Photoshop is easily one of the most-used tools when you are creating original work. In CS6 the default color picker is a boring hue box. Some people prefer the box, but if you’re like me the hue wheel is so much more appealing. I’ll show you how to change it in just a few steps.

In Photoshop click the Edit tab on the menubar and select Preferences > General. You can also press Ctrl + K as a shortcut to open this.

edit > preferences > general

In the General tab of preferences click the HUD Color Picker dropdown and select the Hue Wheel. There are 4 different sizes available and I prefer the small one as the others take up most of the screen. Press OK to save changes and exit.

preferences > general > hue wheel small

Now just press Alt + Shift + Right-click (mouse) to open up the color wheel.

alt shift right click

Incase you’re curious about the different sizes, I snapped a shot of each of them below. These screenshots are ordered from smallest to largest.

small wheel

unlabeled wheel

medium wheel

large wheel

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8 Responses to How to Add the Color Wheel in Photoshop CS6

  1. Luna February 20, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    Hi, how would I bring it up on a mac laptop with no mouse?
    Thanks!

    • RyomaKuumi June 3, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

      For Mac, use the Command-Alt-Control, and touch your trackpad/tablet.

  2. Louis March 26, 2015 at 6:01 am #

    Hi I followed the steps and it’s really good except that my colour wheel looks like this:

    http://www.trurodiocese.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Colour-wheel-hud-problems.jpg

    Any ideas?

    • clawjelly June 26, 2015 at 1:53 am #

      You have text selected. Just rightclick somedwhere else than the selected text as a workaround.

  3. Chris December 27, 2015 at 12:02 pm #

    I followed the steps but shift+Alt+right click does nothing. I have move button selected.
    I am using PS CC.

    • Chris December 27, 2015 at 12:10 pm #

      opps! I found it duh. Select brush or pencil first

  4. Lu April 27, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    So how do I keep it open? As soon as I’m not holding down the key combo it vanishes. Hugely frustrating.

    • RyomaKuumi May 5, 2016 at 10:10 am #

      I don’t think it is possible to do so.
      If you want to have a fixed color wheel, try using Coolorus 2.
      It’s a plugin/add-on that is widely used by artists.

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