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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.


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  • Shelbi says...

    Thank you for your time and effort in doing this and sharing it. I was using Photoshop Elements (v9) and just wanted to share that this file works with that, as well. I have Windows 7 and I just put your file into the following directory…C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Photoshop Elements 9\Presets\Color Swatches\Kona Cotton 303.ase where the other palette/color swatch files are located. This allows it to show up in the list.

    I did the same thing for Serif’s DrawPlus (Illustrator was too expensive for me) then I found your file. Still helps since I already have older files that I still use and still need Kona colors.

    Thanks again!

    On April 02, 2015

  • Betsey says...

    Fantastic! I’m also a graphic designer, and I also design my quilts in Illustrator. Thank you!

    On March 10, 2015

  • LaRue says...

    Oh, this is wonderful! I use Illustrator everyday. When I started quilting I automatically went there to design my quilts. This swatch file is going to make choosing colors so much easier. Thank you, thank you!

    On February 20, 2015

  • Patty Polmanteer says...

    How great to finally have something to help me with color. I think that is the hardest thing for us new quilters. I have seen several quilt patterns that I have liked but wanted different colors. There may be help yet. I will have to go thru this when I can pay attention and download it to my computer. I don’t know how to thank you…

    On February 17, 2015

  • Rebecca says...

    Thank you so much. This makes me giddy with excitement!

    On February 06, 2015

  • Kellie says...

    I could kiss you! Thank you so much, I can’t tell you how helpful this is – I’m so pleased I found you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    On January 25, 2015

  • Adrianne says...

    So awesome! Thanks for the update!! : )

    On January 23, 2015

  • Liz says...

    I LOVE THIS! this is exactly what I needed, I was getting so frustrated trying to manually match colours….and the tutorial was so easy, even I could do it! Just wondering when the new colours will be added? :)

    On December 27, 2014

  • 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...


    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...


    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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