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Kona® Illustrator Swatches Install Tutorial


I design all of my quilts in Adobe Illustrator before they are ever made. Most of my quilts use Kona® Cotton Solids and for the longest time I would stare at my physical color card trying to get the colors right on the computer. I probably wasted hours doing that, fed up I decided to take the time and create swatches for each Kona® Color in Adobe Illustrator. [caption id="attachment_5450" align="aligncenter" width="238"]Adobe Illustrator Swatches Panel Adobe Illustrator Swatches Panel[/caption] If you are familiar with Adobe Illustrator then you know there is a swatches panel. I used the colors of Kona® Cotton on the official Robert Kaufman website to create each swatch. They are not perfect some colors seem a little off compared to my physical color card, but it's pretty much impossible to get it perfect when you are dealing with different computer monitors. This is going to save me hours and hours of time. I figured there must be some of you who use Adobe Illustrator as well. So I bundled the colors up and created an official swatches (.ase) file.

Installation Instructions

In the following video I will explain how to download and install the swatches into Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.

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kona-swatches-blog-ad   Just another reminder, these color swatches may not be the exact color match as the actual fabric, because the color showing on your monitor varies from my monitor and other persons monitors. However, these swatches were made using Robert Kaufman's official swatches.

Alyssa


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  • Jennifer Rossotti says...

    I just posted on IG if anyone knows where I can do exactly this. Thank you so much. You are a Godsend. Are you going to add the new colors too??

    On September 08, 2014

  • Olivia says...

    <3

    On September 03, 2014

  • Malini says...

    This is awesome! I know the Kona colors on Robert Kautman website is sometimes way off. I just recently started exploring Adobe Illustrator and this would be very useful. Thank you for sharing!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Taya@TypeB says...

    Thanks so much for sharing all of your work on this! I’m looking forward to trying this out and playing around with it.

    On August 21, 2014

  • Diana says...

    You design on Adobe Illustrator not EQ? Cool that you did this!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Sandy Murphy says...

    Thank you so much – these are amazing. Can’t wait to start playing with them – Yay!! (oh and the tutorial was great – really helpful – I would have been so frustrated otherwise).

    On August 21, 2014

  • Adri H. says...

    Sweeet! I love their palette, and I use Illustrator a lot. Thanks for sharing!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Becca says...

    Thanks!

    On August 21, 2014

  • karin fish says...

    Made my day when I discovered this. THANK YOU so much!

    On August 21, 2014

  • anna says...

    awesome!!! Thanks for doing this. :)

    On August 21, 2014

  • Kim says...

    Just found this while getting caught up on my blog reading, thank you so much for sharing the swatch file. This is a fantastic resource, and I love that you took the time to put the color names in as well. I have done some of my own swatches so I can imagine the time you put into this undertaking…thanks again, Alyssa!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tiffany says...

    This is genius, Alyssa! I don’t have Adobe illustrated, but if I ever do, this will be this FIRST thing I snag!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Conan McCoy says...

    Fabulous! Just found this as I was ordering the Racetrack pattern. Thought I’d see what else you have – you clever girl;). So much goodness here – thanks!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Tricia says...

    Hi, Thanks so much for making this, it will be very helpful! Just one question – the ASE file I downloaded is missing Cheddar 350. Where did you find the RGB or CMYK values to match the Kona Solids – I would love to add Cheddar, and the new 32 colors that will be released soon. Thank you!

    On August 21, 2014

  • Lisa says...

    Oh my gosh – thank you heaps for helping me to mark off yet another back-burner to-do item!
    I use Illustrator instead of a sketch pad of any kind…this really made my day!

    On August 21, 2014

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Welcome to the Pile O’ Fabric blog, my name is Alyssa Lichner, I live in sunny Gilbert, AZ. I am a freelance web and graphic designer turned avid sewist. I write modern quilting tutorials and share techniques and inspiration here at Pile O’ Fabric… Read More

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