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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.  

Adobe Illustrator Swatches Panel

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.



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 monitor to monitor. However, these swatches were made using Robert Kaufman's official swatches.

A huge thank you to Anne Sullivan at Play Crafts who updated the file to add all the new Kona® Cotton Colors so the swatch file now has 303 colors.


Alyssa Lichner

Alyssa Lichner

Creator of Pile O' Fabric

Alyssa Lichner is a graphic designer turned avid sewist. She writes modern quilting tutorials and shares techniques and inspiration on her blog, Pile O’ Fabric. Alyssa has a passion for exploring different techniques and applying them to modern designs. She is thankful to have the opportunity to share these techniques, through her tutorials, patterns, and classes with quilters around the world. She always encourages her readers and students to challenge themselves to try new things and to approach quilting with a fearless attitude.