How to design your next album artwork

Outside of technical requirements, your coverart needs to be eye catching and consistent with the music connected.

While the industry standard program to jump to is Photoshop, there are plenty of free tools online to help you design something unique that stands-out with no graphic design experience. Canva have many dedicated templates for album covers. This can be great for designing your cover or promotional material for your social pages. Another useful site to checkout is Unsplash. Unsplash host over a million free-to-download and royalty free high quality photos that can be a great backdrop for your album art. Find more image sharing sites here.

What do RouteNote require from your artwork? It must meet the following, otherwise it will cause delays.

Do:
  • 3000 x 3000
  • Less than 25MB
  • JPG
  • RGB colour space
Don’t include:
  • URLs
  • Contact info (email address, phone number, social media tags, usernames)
  • Social media/store logos
  • Pornographic images
  • Pricing information
  • Copyrighted images
  • Blurry or pixelated images
  • QR codes
  • References to physical media (scans of CDs, barcodes, compace disc logos)

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