Frequently Asked Questions
1.1. What are your principles of sustainability?
What are your principles of sustainability?
We strive to follow principles of sustainability in all our company activities.
We manufacture locally and are accredited under the Sustainable Green Print program run under the auspices of the Printing Industies Association of Australia.
We print to demand which means we do not produce excess fabrics that we may not be able to sell thus reducing potential waste.
Our print chemistries are water-soluble and there is minimal waste produced. Fabric waste, print cartridges and paper by-products from our manufacturing process are recycled.
We are committed to employing environmental and energy conservation practices in our company wherever possible.
We regularly research latest developments in sustainable textile production practices to ensure we are informed and using all available processes to reduce the environmental impact of our production and products.
2. Custom Printing With Sparkk
2.1. Can I print my own designs with Sparkk?
Can I print my own designs with Sparkk?
Sparkk makes it easy to create your own textiles and wallcoverings, either for specific projects or repeating orders. From our Sydney studio we can assist you with getting print ready, here you will find a few guidelines for preparing your artwork.
2.2. Supplying your file
Supplying your file
Accepted File Formats: TIFF/PSD/EPS/AI
Resolution: 300dpi (minimum 120 at scale)
Colour Mode: RGB
Please be sure to provide artwork that is scaled to the correct size. Be sure to know the printed width of the base quality you are working with as your artwork may need to be scaled or cut to fit - refer to our basecloth selection page for details.
To get artwork to us:
Use a file transfer site such as hightail.com, wetransfer.com or dropbox.com - send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail a CD or USB drive to 6 Gehrig Lane | Camperdown | NSW 2050
Drop by the studio
By sending us your artwork you are stating that you are the copyright owner or have permission from the owner to reproduce the artwork. In some circumstances we may ask you to verify your authority to reproduce the artwork.
2.3. Print instructions and orders
Print instructions and orders
We are unable to process artwork until we have an accompanying order.
Your order should include required meterage, basecloth and level of service required - see the design services page for details.
If you are sending multiple files please clearly identify each file on your order.
Despatch time for samples is normally 2-3 days and for orders is 7 - 10 days from receipt of payment.
We will keep your file on our servers for 30 days. If you want us to hold on to them for reordering just let us know.
2.4. Artwork Tips
Repeating pattern is the most common form of surface pattern design as it allows you to print as little or as much as you need. When printing repeating patterns all we need is a single repeat, we will then tile the pattern across and down the fabric to the desired meterage.
Digital printing is very precise so it is important your artwork is ‘pixel perfect’ otherwise it will not repeat correctly. You can check repeats by laying your art- work side-to-side and top-to-bottom.
Should you have trouble creating a working repeat you can have us do it for you, check out our design services page for details.
Non-Repeating Patterns, Placements & Photographic
We can also print non-repeating work such as photographs or placement prints.
If you have a non-repeating pattern you’d like duplicated just let us know how many copies you require and we will repeat your art across and down the fabric.
To print different non-repeating artworks assemble your artworks into a single file as shown to avoid additional set up fees.
2.5. Saving My File
Saving My File
To save your file in photoshop be sure to select the correct colour mode.
Select RGB/8 Bit mode by selecting the mode in the Image menu as shown.
When saving your file select TIFF format from the Menu.
2.6. Colouring My Designs
Colouring My Designs
Sparkk's Colour Atlas for designers contains over 1300 colours and is available on any of our basecloths.
Once you have identified which print base(s) you will be printing on, you can order printed atlases for $60 + GST.
Once you have ordered your atlas we'll send you a digital copy, simply find your desired colour and match the grid reference with your photoshop colour picker. Once you have your colour you can use
2.7. Design Services
We provide a number of options when printing your designs depending on your needs.
File set up
Single design $55
2-6 designs $45 each
6+ designs $30 each
• Designs checked for issues, repeats, scales & colouring
• Approval strike-offs with two revisions per design included. Additional charges may apply for further revisions.
Custom Design Services - $90 per hour
Our studio is able to provide a number of design services to help complete your project. Once we have a clear understanding of what you need we will quote you based on the time needed to complete the job.
If you are having trouble getting repeats to work we can assist.
If you have an oversized image you would like to print as a mural we can cut up the image to correctly repeat across multiple panels.
If you have multiple images you would like to print in a single run we can put them all together in a single print file.
If your having trouble getting your colours to work or need colours you can’t find on our atlas we can match to pantone or paint
Our studio can create original artwork to your brief.