CREATING COVER ART

YOU WOULDN’T BELIEVE HOW MANY PEOPLE GET STUCK ON THE COVER ART

Our experience is that probably 50% of distribution rejections are caused by faulty cover art. We’re not the ones rejecting cover art, that’s up to the streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music). Labelcaster is just a messenger of their rules and we want to make sure your distribution with through us is as smooooth as possible.

In this brief article we won’t tell you how to make an intriguing cover, we’re pretty sure you can figure out that one for yourself. Instead, see this as a reminder of how important it is to remember to actually make the cover, follow the detailed instructions and to do it in TIME. For an in depth article about releasing music, look this way.

 
Follow these simple rules and you’ll be fine:

  1. Make sure the release title coincides EXACTLY with the title on the cover art.
  2. Square
  3. Min size: 3000 x 3000 px, max size: 5000 x 5000 px
  4. Format: Jpg, tiff or png
  5. Mode RGB
  6. Max 36MB

Here’s an example. The artist name is Helfrid and the album name is Omsider. You cannot add any other text, characters, symbols or logos. Make sure to exactly match your release information with the cover.
 

 
That wasn’t too bad right? Now if you DO get stuck on the creative side of things. Here’s some help along the way.

Cover Art Tools

The Labelcaster cover art generator. One click and we create a cover for you. You can find it in the distribution center of the app.

Get someone to make you cover art for as little as $5 on Fivrr.com

 

Free cover art graphics

You can find free art on these pages:

 

Canva

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Canva goes way beyond a simple stock photo resource (but it’s that too). It’s also a full featured editing suite to edit your images, add text, change fonts and basically do all the stuff you need to do before you release.

 

Unsplash

You spend enough time honing your music and probably don’t have time to become a Photoshop wiz too.

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Unsplash is “over 550,000… free high-resolution photos” that can be used however you want. That includes album art for your next release.

 

Free Images

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Just like the URL says, Free Images is a giant site of over 600,000 (you guessed it) free images.

 

Pexels

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Every photo on Pexels is free to use for commercial or non-commercial use.

Good luck!