Greeting Cards are here . . . and they’re Letterpress!

February 18th, 2014

At the end of the day, each of us wants to feel connected to other people and just the right card can express how we feel. No matter how tech savvy any of us is or becomes, we can’t get away from that basic need for touch and sending out a beautiful card for whatever the occasion, is always a good thing.

Here at Hoover we have been primarily a Commercial Printer but in the last few years we have done more and more personal items such as Wedding Invitations, Graduation Announcements and Christmas Cards to name a few.  Recently we decided to add letterpress Greeting Cards to our services since we have received more and more requests for all things letterpress.

They’re packaged in sets of 6 for $10.00 or 2 sets of 5 for $15.00.  You can’t find that kind of pricing anywhere and we’re located in Costa Mesa so come on by or we’ll ship them to your home!

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Happy New Year 2014!

January 1st, 2014


Merry Christmas

December 17th, 2013


It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas

November 20th, 2013

Don’t wait until the weather outside is frightful!! Get your picture done while the grass is still green and leaves are on the trees. Bring your picture(s) or images in and we can create a unique Christmas card.  We have 100s of sample to help you decide on a size, a color or a type font. Here are just a few fabulous Christmas cards that are sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

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Start Planning Your Christmas Cards Today

August 15th, 2013

It’s that time of year again – time to pull out those pictures for your personalized Christmas card. We all love looking through our mail each day to see the gorgeous and creative Christmas Cards people send!… seeing the return address of an old friend on an envelope rekindles memories of friendships past and special times spent together. While for many this is a challenge to design or create the perfect Christmas Card, Hoover Printing has 100′s of samples in our lobby to help you with ideas and we are always there for some helpful suggestions for making your personalized Christmas card certain to be proudly displayed. If you don’t have time to come in, send us your photos, give us an idea, whether formal, casual and we’ll design one for you.

No matter how busy our lives get, the tradition of sending and receiving Christmas cards will never go out of style.

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Letterpress is amazing

June 10th, 2013

Letterpress is one of the hottest trends in Stationery, Business cards, Invites, and Announcements. The ancient printing technique that involves printing words or designs with ink while simultaneously debossing the image into thick, soft paper.

This letterpress look is elegant, stylish, high-end and simply amazing. Nothing can beat the touch and feel of a letterpressed project. Letterpress printing works best on thick paper made from natural fibers because you can feel the deep impression, like reverse Braille. Everyone wants to run their fingers over the image or writing and feel where the ink has been pressed into the paper. Come by and take a look at some of our samples;  we’d love to create something especially for you.

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Photographs to Canvas Prints

March 22nd, 2013

Now you can turn your photos into stunning works of art that are uniquely yours. Your family portraits, wedding, vacation, pet or landscape photos will become your custom, personal pieces of art.  Your prints are printed onto high quality, archival canvas, giving your favorite image that classic touch.

Our professional quality wrapped canvas prints are custom-made for you in sizes up to 44″.  Whether in full color, black & white or sepia tones you will be amazed at the high quality of printing. Your printed canvas is stretched on a wood frame, gallery wrapped, treated with professional grade polymer sealant, to protect from UV and environmental damage, including moisture, ready to hang and enjoy.

Your most memorable photos will look great and become something you can be proud of!

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Everyone can make a Photo Book

February 1st, 2013


Photo Books are fast becoming the most popular way to cherish and preserve your photos with family and friends. Whether it’s a gorgeous wedding photo album, a new baby memory book, a sports team book, a fun-filled family photo album, an adventurous travel photo album, or a personalized children’s book. At Hoover Printing you can create a one of a kind keepsake to treasure forever or use as a thoughtful gift for someone special. Simple to create online and delivered to your door.

One reason our photo books are so popular is they’re really easy and fun to make. All you need to get started are some favorite photos and a few minutes! Your book will be professionally printed and bound to create a beautiful coffee table-style book that will last for years. Even the glossy hard cover can be customized with your photos and a book title.

Choose from six different sizes, upload your photos, then follow the simple step-by-step instructions to create your professionally bound Photo Book that’s perfect for you. Each page can feature up to 13 photos plus your own text. That’s not all – let your creativity run wild with the wide choice of page background designs, borders, colors, and typefaces to create a picture-perfect album.

We know how busy you can be! If you don’t have time or energy in creating your photo book, let one of our professional designers create one for you. Just email us your photos and for a nominal fee, we’ll create a book that you could be proud of.

Custom Printing

September 14th, 2012

Here is an interesting use of Letterpress, Foil Stamping and Die Cutting on our extra thick stock.  The cards came out great and the customer said “they are fabulous!!!”  At Hoover Printing we pride ourselves on our quality and constantly strive to bring you the best printing money can buy. Whether you need us to find that unique paper or one of our many in-house papers, we aim to please.

Wedding invitations are always special to print; it’s something we really enjoy doing.  If you have a custom letterpress project you’re working on, give us a call and we’ll help make it crisp, colorful, attractive and definitely unforgettable!

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Make a Lasting Impression

July 31st, 2012

I’ve been noticing in the past few years that people are putting less and less information on their business cards.  It makes a lot of sense, because these days it takes less than 10 seconds to find most people online. I like this trend a lot because, in my opinion, the less artwork and text on a card the stronger it looks.  Also, they make you irresistibly curious.

I find the classic feel and finish of letterpress papers takes printing back to an era of quality and craftsmanship that is not often found in other printing methods today. Even the smell of the ink, more apparent on a letterpress-printed page than with offset, often appeals to the collector.

At Hoover Printing we are adding edge painting to the list of services available for business cards and wedding invitations.  I think edge painting is such a gorgeous way to bring in some color while keeping it spare and elegant. The edge painting can be any color and the process works best with the 2-ply stock.

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Let us know what you think of our work

May 1st, 2012

We’re always interested in what you, our clients, think of our work and customer service.  Please let us know here.


Effective ways to print and use your logo

February 23rd, 2012

Logo design is an important area of graphic design, and sometimes the most difficult to perfect. The logo, is the image embodying an organization. They are also used to identify and meant to represent companies’ brand different from others in similar markets.

Designing a good logo requires a lot of involvement from the customer. It requires clear idea about the concept and values of the brand as well as an understanding of the consumer. The dream of designing a logo which lasts for 40 years is something we can all aspire to. Rememberthe minimalist design will always be popular and last longer.

Some companies have been using the same logo for years, but 2011 was the year the gradient with a 3D effect becoming commonplace. Everyone has seemingly been adding a gradient to their logo design. It just seems to add an interest to the whole design, giving it a third dimension of sorts and something that looks sleeker and more professional than a simple single-tone logo. These seemed to jump off the website page too.

Give us a call and we can help design your new logo or update an existing one. Here are some of the great logos in use at Hoover Printing.

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Full Color Banners

January 6th, 2012

Create a personalized banner/sign to announce or advertise your church, birthday party, trade show, business, graduation, retail store, school, sports team, company, grand opening, promotional fundraising, wedding or any event. At Hoover Printing you are sure to get that perfect attention-grabbing banner. We can create a custom banner to match your unique size and shape requirements to catch the attention of a passer by. You can order a full color banner and be confident in knowing they are digitally printed on quality 13mm Scrim Vinyl, with or without grommets to meet your individual need.

I’m a huge soccer fan so this 7 foot long banner is proudly displayed in my garage.

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Merry Christmas

December 22nd, 2011

HP Indigo digital printing technology

August 26th, 2011

Change may not always come easy, but it is often the best way to fulfill customer needs and maintain steady growth. Hoover made the move to digital printing about eight years ago.  We’ve never striven to be the biggest guy on the block, but a few years back we traded in our HP Indigo to the latest 3500 model. It’s always been about serving our customers. We realized we were missing out on addressing customers’ short- to medium-run needs. After evaluating different options, we chose the HP Indigo 3500 press for its short-run capabilities, exceptional quality and fast turnaround times. Also, since the HP Indigo press can output an instant proof on a variety of papers there’s less chance for a mistake or error in the final output; that’s why we excel in producing quality and precise jobs according to the requirements of our customers.

 “We knew going digital would help set us apart from our larger competitors. We wanted to be on the front end of new technology instead of trying to catch up.” —John Sindelar 

The digital technology is based on HP ElectroInk, which uses small color particles suspended in Imaging Oil that can be attracted or repelled by means of high voltage. The ink forms a very thin and smooth plastic layer on the paper surface. The fact that these particles are so small ensures that the printed image does not mask the underlying surface roughness/gloss of the paper, as can be possible with some toner-based processes, bringing Indigo printing closer in appearance to conventional offset lithography, whereby ink is actually absorbed into the paper.

Its ability to print without films and plates enables Hoover to create personalized short-runs, changing text, images and jobs without having to stop the press. The result is the ability to print personalized short-run Christmas cards, business cards to photobooks. Please take a look at some examples in the SAMPLE link above.

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Cards, Cards, and more Cards

July 21st, 2011

You only have one chance to make a good first impression! Your business card represents you and in many cases is the first impression people get about you.  If it appeals to them by showing quality in design and feel, then it will translate to their impression about quality being important to you and you’re willing to do a quality job for them.  Your business card is also your ambassador which will help them remember you and a the very least stay in touch once in a while.

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Brand New Hoover Printing Sign

June 28th, 2011

We would like to thank our friends over at Gerard Signs for fabricating our new sign. The old sign has been a landmark for 47 years and now hangs on the back of our building. Next time you pass by our building, take a picture of our new sign and email it to us and you might find your picture on our website!  At the very least stop in and say hello. We are open Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 5:00.


Letterpress Printing

June 3rd, 2011

Letterpress printing is relief printing of text and/or images. The inking was carried out by rollers which would pass over the face of the type and move out of the way onto a separate ink plate where they would pick up a fresh film of ink for the following sheet. Meanwhile, a sheet of paper was slid against a hinged platen which was then rapidly pressed onto the type and swung back again to have the sheet removed and the next sheet inserted.

This was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. It has been revived recently with customers desiring unique and elegant printing for special occasions: Wedding Invitations and accompanying wedding accoutrement, Baby Announcements, Grand Opening Announcements,etc.

This video clip is our fully automated Kluge with incorporated pneumatic feed running a recent Wedding Invitations.

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Letterpress Video clip

Superior Quality Yearbooks

May 24th, 2011

At Hoover Printing we offer a wide variety of printing options. This 76 page plus cover yearbook was assembled with a combination of customer supplied files, images and in-house design. To be cost conscience, we used our Heidelberg Speedmaster offset press to produce superior high definition black and white print quality with maximum affordability! Our Full color Indigo digital press was used for all the color pages throughout the book.  Yorba Hills Little League chose optional UV Gloss Coating for their book covers to create a durable and fade-resistant finished product.

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Quick Print Digital Brochure

May 4th, 2011

Printed on our HP Indigo Printing Press, using the latest technology in digital printing. We offer many binding options including wire-o binding, shown here. These brochures were printed using a customer supplied file with a 24 hour turn around. No job is too small or too large for the Hoover printing team to complete, with free delivery or free shipping in and around Orange County. We can print directly from files uploaded using the link on our website, sent via email or walked in our front door. No matter your experience in printing processes, Hoover Printing has been here to provide quality printing for the novice or experienced designers since 1964.

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Business card options – foil stamping

April 19th, 2011

Business card printing has come a long way and today, you can order business cards which are made from not only high quality paper but printed in a myriad of colors too. You might even choose to have your photo printed on them. Why not make a bigger impact by upgrading your business cards to 100-lb. matte, glossy or recycled paper stocks. Foil on business cards (as in foil stamped) is a great option for adding class to an otherwise standard business card. Generally the text or graphics feature is in a foil accent that appears reflective and metallic. Here is a recent sample of a card that truly stands out.

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Working With The Community

March 10th, 2011

Our desire is to work closely with local businesses, organizations and institutions in the community to develop long lasting relationships that are both business related and personal.

Welcome To Hoover Printing!

March 10th, 2011

We are proud to announce our brand new website, and would like to invite you to subscribe to our blog RSS feed; browse our samples gallery; read about our history; and contact us! Thank you to local design company Clark Studios for producing an amazing site for us, we were way overdue! Also, check out our new FTP upload section on the upper right of our home page, it’s fast and easy to send us your files. Check back soon!  Jim Hoover