Free Printable Color Wheel & Value Scale


For every painter, mixing color can be a chore, both a labor of hate and love. Many art stores supply color wheels and value scales you can purchase. If you have a printer you can enjoy this lovingly crafted Free Printable Color Wheel & Value Scale! If you notice any issue or errors please let us know.

Please note that colors may vary from printer to printer.

Would you like to know more about color theory or how colors affect mood?

Download the Free Printable Color Wheel

Download Free Printable Color Wheel

Another interesting tool for mixing color that is online is the  traditional color mixer available at the Wetcanvas Art forum. Color Mixer.


  1. hi chris,
    thanks for the free printable color wheel. you mention that the color may vary from printer to printer. i would like to share my findings that, for me, have resulted in near monitor quality color prints from my inkjet printers, as well as professional printing, without the use of calibrating tools. i have been involved in photography since 1974 and professionally since 1976. i received a b.f.a. in 1990 and came kicking and screaming into the digital age in 1995. i got involved in graphic and web design in 2000. this is when i began my color fidelity quest.

    after much frustration with printed (inkjet) v. display color results, i found and obtained display icc profiles. i then found that if i use the same icc profile for all of my graphics software and my hardware (printers, scanners, etc.) my printed color results on a windows machine are so close to what is on the monitor it does not offend my perfectionist eye. As for the mac, the results are even closer.

    i have had discussions with graphic designers online and offline regarding my findings and i have been met with, “you must calibrate all of your hardware to the papers you will use to get true color.” i never argued the point that even if you do all of the calibrating, painting your work environment walls neutral gray, wear dark clothing when you work, use a hood on your crt monitor (lcd monitors are not the best for exact graphic work because of the angle of view of the monitor problem), etc. that when the printed material hits the street, it is not viewed under the ideal lighting source under which it was produced and the surrounding colors as well as the color temperature of the light sources will skew the colors. the same is true for web work, not everyone has color calibrated monitors.

    i used the 5000k cfl bulbs to illuminate my work environment for a while, found they helped in providing a consistent, single color temperature light source which to judge color and density of printed materials and eventually stopped using them. i stand by my theory and always ask that if anyone tries this and does not obtain acceptable color results to please let me know.

    again, thanks for the free color wheel and the space for my ramblings.



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