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We strive to do anything under the sun but we can only do this with your input and co-operation. The following information will guide you in understanding our artwork procedures. Kika Promotions has a full time art department to help ensure that you get what you want when you order.

Before the order is accepted we produce a graphical sample which will then be signed off by you. Nothing will be produced until this happens.

One Time Artwork and Set-Up Fee
The Set-Up cost will vary per print format but we will always let you know in advance when we send you a quotation.

Acceptable file formats:

Please send the relevant artwork in the appropriate format.
(Vector artwork is preferred (.CDR / .EPS /.AI / .PDF / .FH)

Unacceptable artwork formats:

  • Word files, .gif, .jpeg (under 600dpi), Power point

Artwork fees:

  • Artwork received in the correct format will not be charged for.
  • Artwork not received in the correct format will attract a design and redrawing fee of R200+ ex VAT
  • Please note: As standard procedure we do charge for product samples. 

Vectorised Artwork
These are ideal files for the correct printing and reproduction of your logo on promotional products.

JPEG(.jpg) Files
.jpg files are okay for embroidery or promotional products such as hats or promotional caps, but they have to be re-illustrated for printing and engraving of metallic promotional products. A high res .jpg file can also be used for printing digital or offset printing jobs, though it is not a preferred file type for most logo reproduction on promotional products.

PDF Files
.pdf files are becoming the industry standard for offset and digital printing of promotional merchandise and promotional products. They have only limited use for printing promotional products. A .pdf file is fine for embroidery but we have to re-illustrate a .pdf logo if printing or engraving is required. We thought it helpful to describe our various types of printing methods, by means of illustration:


Pad printing Pad printing


Screen printing




Laser Engraving


Domed Sticker




Metal plaques


Leather plaques



PVC patches


Deep etch



Subliminated transfer

Branding Methods:

  • Embroidery
    is where the logo or detail is sewn or woven into the material and is very effective in branding anything of a textile nature (eg. caps, T-shirts, apparel). It is generally considered the best branding method for smaller areas as the costs are determined by the number of stitches applied (not the number of colours) and there is no limit to the number of thread colours that can be used. Embroidery provides a professional finish and has a high perceived value.
  • Screen Printing
    involves pressing ink through a fine mesh
    screen, leaving a clean and crisp imprint on the materials surface. It is most commonly used on T-shirts, jackets, bags etc but can also be used to brand larger images on metal, plastic, leather, PVC and wooden objects - basically anything with a flat surface. It is often the most economical form of branding, especially on large areas or where the logo and images have few colours and patterns. Limitations may exist in reproducing fine detail and colour registration due to the flexibility and weave of materials.
  • Pad Printing
    is an ideal means of branding logos and images to provide excellent colour and detail on small, hard or unusually shaped items. Pad printing involves a printing plate with an image etched into the surface which is covered in ink, applied and then cleaned leaving only the image. Branding to a maximum approximate size of 50mm and up to 4 colours is achievable. The application of a pad print is most common on small plastic or metal items like pens, golf balls, desk items etc.
  • Plastisol Transfers
    a plastisol print is a heat and pressure transfer applied to the materials surface (eg. apparel, bags, caps) and used when the required colours or detail are too intricate for screen printing or if the surface being used is not suitable ie too porous. Plastisol transfers have a higher profile and smoother finish than screen printing and are an excellent option for 4-colour process or photographic images.
  • Foil Stamping
    is achieved by applying foil in the required design, which is heated and pressed onto the surface of the product, leaving a bright metallic gold or silver effect. Foil stamping is ideal for items such as diaries and compendiums and is the highest quality of branding for leather, PVC or PU 'leather look' items. This method can also be used on paper, board and plastic surfaces.
  • Embossing
    is a process where a logo or design is pressed with heat and pressure to create a three-dimensional raised area and adds a simple elegance to products. It is ideal for leather products, but can also be performed on paper or thin metal items. The embossing can be left unfilled (known as 'blind emboss') or filled with a foil colour eg gold or silver.
  • Laser Engraving
    is commonly used on metal objects (eg. pens, key rings) to a maximum logo size of 30mm. It can also be used on some plastic, glass and wooden surfaces. Laser engraving is a computer generated, subtle and precise method of branding that leaves a professional and permanent form of branding that will never come off.
  • Decal Printing/Kiln fired Decals
    are generally used on glassware or mugs where the artwork is printed in the desired number of colours onto a transfer and then fired onto a coffee mugs or glassware. Decals can be made in 1 to 4 spot colours or even 4-colour-process. Logos are commonly applied as 'one position', half wrap decals or 'two position' (front and back) and full wrap decals. Special decals may be used on glassware to give either a 'frosted logo' look or a 'frosted glass' look.
  • Rubber Badging
    is where a logo or image is created using a rubber or PVC badge (it can also be done using metal) and is then attached to the product.
  • Product Packaging
    allows additional branding, identification and packaging options to enhance the presentation of products. There are various methods, such as custom made boxes to house product, backing cards for lapel pins, heat sealed or poly-bags with a retail style header card printed with product and/or company information. Product packaging is generally customised to suit the product.




Kika was founded by a group of young entrepreneurs. The legendary Kika-Sack™ stormed the South African corporate gift scene in 2008 and became a brand all of its own...

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