Essential Requirements to Create Album Cover Art

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Essentials before Designing your Album Cover Art

There’s so much information available on the internet and it’s always very confusing as to whatthe right format is. We will cover those steps in this blog. 

Each streaming platform has it’s own requirements and formats. However, most of the top streaming services will accept .jpg and .png images. 

 Requirements

Most of the big platforms as you for a minimum 1600×1600 px size image. But they do recommend an image size of 3000×3000 px. 

 

 
  • If you wish to use your album art online then you’d need at least 72 – 150 dpi resolution, if you would print out the album cover, you’d need 300 dpi
 
  • The album cover would need to be a perfect square. This is the only format accepted on all the major streaming platforms.
 
  • Your color mode should always be RGB for online display and CMYK for printing. 
 

What NOT TO INCLUDE on the Album Cover?

 
  • No Phone numbers, Emails, Signatures, Pricing to be mentioned.
  • Photos that aren’t copyrighted 
  • Low resolution photos and graphics 

What TO INCLUDE on the Album Cover?

 
  • Name of the Album & Artist
  • Name of the Song
  • Featuring Artist (if any)
 

Winding Up!

As you can see from what we have discussed, album cover art is a very important part of branding. It’s the first thing people will see when they’re browsing around online or in stores and it should be treated as such! The album cover art can be used to create intrigue and interest in listening to music that may not have been heard before. Albums should also look professional and show what type of mood to expect in the music so that potential listeners know what they are getting into when buying it online. It’s important that you take time and put thought into what this image says about who you are as an artist.

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