I've checked all the options and I can't seem to change the sliders into a wheel (or rather a square) and being super new to Photoshop I don't know how to do it and couldn't even phrase it properly to look it up on Google.

What I'm trying to say is that, I can't seem to get my Color window to look like the regular color wheel that one would normally use on Photoshop, mine only goes from one range of a slider to another and I've checked that little list thing and those are still just sliders.

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    Not sure what you mean. There's no "color wheel" unless you mean the color picker wheel, however there are "color cubes". Can you post a screen shot of the problem?
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 29, 2018 at 17:54
  • You can not. You could try to buy some external plugin but default photoshop has no color wheel.
    – joojaa
    Jun 29, 2018 at 18:02
  • Photoshop CC 2019 has a color wheel, q.v. video for how to use it.
    – Eljay
    Mar 4, 2021 at 17:39

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Photoshop CC includes Adobe Color Themes

Window → Extensions → Adobe Color Themes

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Assuming I'm reading your intent correctly, it's the first pref on the first Prefs pane...

It defaults to Adobe, but your OS standard picker should be the other option.

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I'm on Mac, so I don't know what the Windows default colour-picker looks like, but I can have either...


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or Apple

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  • The other option is Windows and changing that didnt change it to a wheel for me, what I want is for it to be a color wheel and not a slider
    – Arsey
    Jun 29, 2018 at 17:56
  • I don't know what the Windows default colour-picker looks like, I'm on Mac - but they are your two options, Adobe or "system".
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 29, 2018 at 18:08
  • I see, but still it doesnt get me a wheel
    – Arsey
    Jun 29, 2018 at 18:10
  • I presume that depends on what the Windows default picker is. I've never seen it, sorry. I added examples to the answer, for Mac.
    – Tetsujin
    Jun 29, 2018 at 18:12
  • @Tetsujin - Windows has no colour picker tool installed by default, but there are many colour-picker apps you can download, often for free.
    – Billy Kerr
    Jun 29, 2018 at 18:24

You can also use MagicPicker Photoshop color wheel which is an external plugin:

MagicPicker color wheel mode in Photoshop (screenshots)

I'm using it personally for many years since older Photoshop CS4 but it supports Photoshop CC and CC 2018 (the most recent Photoshop version).

Considering other options integrated into operating system I think it's a better alternative, because when you use integrated color pickers they tend to make Photoshop lose keyboard/mouse focus.

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