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Hardcover Bound Books

June 15th, 2016

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You’ve probably dreamt of seeing your book printed in a hardcover format. Maybe it’s photos of a vacation, a photobook of your school or team’s best moments, a photography portfolio to share with potential clients, or maybe, you just want to compile your recent artwork into one professionally bound hardcover book. Whichever path is yours, you’ll need a hardcover book printed along the way.

At Hoover Printing you can create a one of a kind keepsake to treasure forever or use as a thoughtful gift for someone special. Our books showcase quality with a sleek yet sturdy look and portray values with prominent sizing. Choosing Hoover Printing helps you stand out on the shelf, instantly drawing eyes and curiosity. All of our hardbound books are designed to last for years to come, making them a great addition to any reader’s collection. And our ability to produce 1, 2 or 102 hardcover books on-site, means you get exactly the book you imagined, the way you want it, whenever you need it.
You have a vision for your print book, Hoover Printing is here to help turn that vision into a reality.

Wedding Invitations

February 16th, 2016

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Designing the custom invitations for your wedding is (we think) one of the most exciting, creative and fun parts of planning your Big Day. As we always say, your invites are the first impression your guests will have of your wedding, and when it comes to creating the perfect design, your options are literally endless.  Consider adding chic and thoughtful details such as place cards, menus, thank you notes, gift tags, and much more.

However, as you’re flipping through endless samples of paper and font styles, you’re bound to encounter some unfamiliar terminology, which can make the whole process a bit overwhelming. So to make the process a little easier, I’ll explain a few terms.

Letterpress
Letterpress has long been a popular option in the United States. Using metal or rubber plates, an artisan runs each invitation through the printing machine, which is often a vintage or antique press. Each color must be run separately and a skilled letterpress pressman will ink the machine to ensure even coverage on every piece of stationery that is fed through. The cards are then “pressed” with the ink-covered metal plates, indenting each word into the paper. Thanks to adjustable grippers on the machines, the paper used in letterpress can be several layers thick, allowing for a deep impression.

Engraving
Another traditional technique is engraving. Engraving has been around for over one hundred years, and also uses a metal plate that is etched with the desired invitation wording. Ink is spread into the etchings, and the plates are heated and pressed into the paper. This method gives the ink a hardened, raised impression. If you flip your stationery over, you will see the telltale sign of an engraved card: an impression on the back from the high heat of the metal plates.

Flat Printing
Last of the methods to be discussed here is digital printing. Digital is perfect for brides who want to include a multitude of colors rather than just one or two. A huge press digitally prints directly onto the paper, and the ink is flush to the surface, not raised or indented. Orders can be completed more quickly than with other techniques, so digital printing is a fantastic option for brides who are facing time constraints. No plates are used for this method of printing either, keeping setup costs down but limiting paper thickness. However, all  invitations may be backed with a second sheet of card stock to add more breadth and/or extra color to each piece of the suite.

Regardless of your price point, it’s possible to get a beautifully printed invitation suite using one of the above methods. You can ask Rod Hoover any questions and then pair your choice with a great design. You’ll be able to pop your invitations in the mail knowing your guests will be impressed.

It’s Graduation Time

May 15th, 2015

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The time-honored practice of sending graduation announcements signifies the special meaning of this milestone. Our custom printing is a great value for a top-quality personalized graduation announcement. Using your images, these custom designed announcements can be formatted for single or multiple photo layouts and following your approved proof they can be in your hands within 24-48 hours. Each announcement comes with its own blank envelopes.

Everyone benefits from receiving your graduate’s announcement; your friends and family get to share in your family’s exciting news and you get the pleasure of marking a happy event.

Congratulations graduates!

Let’s do some Embossing

April 21st, 2015

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Embossing is the procedure by which the paper surface is pushed outward using heat and a metal embossing die to cause a raised image.

There are different types of embossing that can be done. Registered Emboss is the embossed image area registers with printed ink or foil. This gives the area a raised look. Blind Emboss is one which is not stamped over a printed image or foil. The color of the embossed image is the same as the color of the paper. It is one of the least expensive ways to enhance the look and feel of any paper surface.

There are a few things that need to be attended to with an embossing project. The metal dies to be used, the paper stock to be embossed, the creation of the artwork and the embossing details.

There are three types of metals used for embossing dies. Depending on the shape of the image, the texture to be created and the length of the run will decide the selection of the metal. Magnesium dies are very soft and used for simple embossing projects that have short runs. Brass dies are the most popular embossing dies as they are very flexible and give the embosser leeway to create fine lines and sculptured images. Copper dies are used as an in-between to magnesium and brass. The copper dies are more stable, last longer and won’t stretch when used with heat . . . but does make it the most expensive type of die.

Paper textures play an important role in embossing. Sometimes our customers select a texture paper and we use embossing to smooth out the paper where it embossed to help it to contrast from the texture. At other times a smooth paper is used but the emboss is textured for a stunning finish. Heavy, long fibered sheets make the best kind of paper for embossing. Lightweight, heavy coated or varnished papers are not so good for embossing because they crack easily. Recycled papers are to be avoided for embossing as the more processed a paper, the weaker it becomes and cannot withstand the pressures of embossing. The depth and the degree of bevel achieved are determined by the stock. A thicker stock can offer more dramatic embossing effects because the impression can push deeper into the paper and varying levels of relief become possible.

It is very important to keep the following things in mind when preparing art for embossing.
• Avoid too many fine details and tiny criss cross lines. Keep the design uncluttered and bold.
• When using lettering, use sans serif fonts and space them so that there is enough space between each letter to allow for the embossing effect.
• Increase the size of the art slightly to compensate for the added dimension.
• For multi level embossing it is best to use color codes to indicate the various levels.
• Keep the image area at least .25 inches away from the edge of an oversized sheet to avoid puckering or wrinkling. If the embossing is being done on a finished project, keep a .5 margin.

Whichever process you choose to use, come in and we can help you decide which would work best for you.

The images above left is blind embossing. The image on the right is printed, foiled and both are embossed.

 

Everyone loves Christmas Cards in the mail

November 6th, 2014

Whether your card is printed Offset, Digitally or Letterpress, Hoover Printing uses the finest quality card stock papers. While for many it is challenging to design or create the perfect Christmas Card, we have over 100 different printed samples 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 you’d prefer formal or casual and we’ll design one for you.

Christmas is the one time I happily enjoy perusing my mail.  Sometimes there are actually more Christmas cards than bills and that is something to cheer about.

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Personalized Graduation Announcements

May 15th, 2014

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It’s that time of the year to announce the graduate in the family.  We can take your favorite image or images and design a custom 4×8 or 5×7 card. These announcements are a practical way to tell your family, friends and loved ones about your son or daughter’s graduation in a way that is personal and unique.  Choose from many single or multiple-photo design samples we have. Each announcement comes with its own blank envelope. This one is hot off the press this morning.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

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!

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

 

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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.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

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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.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me at john@hooverprinting.com.

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