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The color wheel is based on the HSL (hue, saturation, lightness) color model. Drag the small circle on the perimeter around the wheel to set the hue independently of the saturation & lightness values, or just click anywhere on the peripheral to set it.


The small circle in the triangle sets saturation & lightness values independently of the hue: dragging it along the edge that goes from white to black sets lightness independently of saturation & along the edge that goes from white to the most intense hue in the triangle sets saturation independently of lightness. Along the other edge or anywhere in the interior of the triangle sets both lightness & saturation at the same time. You can also click directly anywhere in the triangle to set these two values.


If neither clicking nor dragging works, something is wrong with your copy of Affinity Designer but I do not know what that might be.


To control whether the color set applies to the stroke or fill color, you click on either the donut shape or the filled circle in the top right of the panel, respectively.

All 3 1.10.6, & all 3 V2.03 Mac apps; 2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
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1.10.6; Affinity Designer 1.10.6; & all 3 V2 apps for iPad; 6th Generation iPad 32 GB; Apple Pencil; iPadOS 15.7

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