It’s easy to make a color wheel in Photoshop with a few simple tools.
- Create a new file that is the same height and width. I went with 450px by 450px.
- We need to place some guidelines halfway across and down in order to find the center of our document. Make the rulers visible by pressing Ctrl+R.
- Click+drag a guide from the horizontal ruler down to the half-way mark. It should snap into place (in my case, at the 225px mark.) Do the same from the vertical ruler to place a vertical guide.
- Select the Elliptical Marquee tool from the Tools panel. We’re going to make a circle for the color wheel to fill.
- Draw a circle in the image window. Give it a bit of space around it so it is not right up to the edges of the image window. Hold down the Shift key to get a perfect circle.
- Select a Spectrum angle gradient:
- Click on the Gradient tool in the Tools panel. It may be hiding under the Paint Bucket tool.
- Click on the Angle Gradient icon in the Control panel.
- Click on the large gradient swatch to open the Gradient Editor.
- In the Gradient Editor, click on the Spectrum gradient, as shown below (it is one of the default gradients installed with Photoshop). Click OK.
- Decide where you want the red part of the color wheel to be. Let’s say we want it on the right.
- Position your Gradient tool at the center of the image window, where the two guides intersect.
- Click+drag from the center to the edge of the circle. Here we want red on the right, so drag to the right.
- Hold the Shift key down while you drag to keep your angle at 90 degrees.
- Press Ctrl+H (Mac: Cmd+H) to hide the guides
- Press Ctrl+D (Mac: Cmd+D) to deselect
If you have any questions or feedback, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.