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Free Printable Color Wheel:
10 Free Color Wheel Templates To Download

free printable color wheel templates: artist color wheel, color mixing wheel, hering color wheel, color theory

All printable color wheel pictures on this page are optimized for A4/US letter size print stock.

To download, you need Adobe Reader installed on your computer (get the latest version here!)

To view/print a free color wheel chart, click the respective link to open it, and select "Print" from the menu.

Free Color Wheel Charts For Study/Teaching

For more information about these free color wheel templates, check out the main Color Wheel Chart page.

1  The printable color wheel to the left is a color mixing  wheel (a.k.a. "artist color wheel"). It shows how paint colors/hues are mixed from 3 primary colors: yellow, red and blue. This free color wheel includes a basic set of complementaries as well.   (Click to download No.1)

2  The free color wheel print in the middle is another version of the color mixing wheel (artist color wheel).  This chart demonstrates the mixing process step-by-step and identifies primary, secondary and 'tertiary' colors.  (Click to download No.2)

3  Free color wheel no.3 is different from the first two in that  a) it is not a color mixing  wheel, and  b) it is based on four  primary colors, not three. This color model shows clearly how every primary color group - yellow, red, blue, green - has a warm side and a cool side.  (Click to download No.3)

Free Printable Color Wheel In 4 Instalments:
Hue, Tint, Shade, Tone

This group of free color wheel downloads illustrates useful color terms:

4  A Hue is an identifiable color that is distinct from the colors to the left and right of it on the color wheel chart. A hue is clean, unmuddied, bright and saturate.  (Click to download No.4)

5  A Tint is the same as a 'pastel': when mixed with white, a hue loses intensity, brightness and saturation, and becomes lighter.  (Click to download No.5)

6  A Shade is what you get when you mix a hue with black: a darkened color.  (Click to download No.6)

7  A Tone is a hue mixed with grey, i.e. with a combination of black and white. Most colors that surround us are, to a greater or lesser degree, tones.  (Click to download No.7)

Free Color Wheel Templates
For Your Own Experiments

Mixing your own way 'up' from the primary colors is the best method for learning the artist color wheel that I know of.  Once you've created your own color mixing wheel, you'll always remember how it all hangs together.

So I've added these blank templates for your own paint color experiments.

Click to download: No.8  |  No.9  |  No.10

Try different types of paint on these printable color wheel blanks.  Play around with tints (add white), shades (add black) and tones (add black + white).  Or try adding various amounts of brown (the color that's not  on the color wheel), and see what you get ... enjoy!

If you're teaching the color wheel chart, please feel free to use these printable color wheel pictures/templates in class.

Additional Info (Click A Pic):

  • What makes a color "warm" or "cool"?  (The complete lowdown.)
  • In-depth info about primary colors (how many, and why?), as well as color schemes (complementary, split-complementary, triadic and tetradic) is on the primary color wheel page.
  • If you're looking to buy a color wheel chart, rather than using a printable color wheel: Here's a review of a commercial, basic color wheel.
  • Learn how to set up a monochromatic color scheme.
  • Neutral Color Schemes - The Book:
    Learn about using neutral color palettes in your home.   Understand what makes neutral color schemes look their best, and what happens when you inject 'real' color into neutral color palettes.   It's FREE!!

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