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.
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)
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)
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.
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