Cover Design: Getting Started
Whether you are working on a new song, mixtape, EP, or album – your project will require a cover design. Professional artwork design is a necessity in the music industry. However, there are some instances where it can be purposely bad. Think of Kanye West’s “The Life of Pablo”. Although, if you are going to take the approach of bad graphics – your music better be phenomenal. This is your time to create the proper branding for your project that will be recognizable for the length of your music career. Furthermore, not only should your artwork look great, it needs to be industry standard in terms of format as well for print. Let’s go over the basics to get you started.
Cover Design: The Basics
As you begin the process for artwork design for your project, it all starts with conceptualizing what you need. Your cover design should be consistent with your brand’s quality and aesthetic. Additionally, your logo should be found somewhere throughout as well. A solid design will consist of the right composition, advanced design techniques, and typography. These are skills you should work on if you are planning to do the artwork yourself.
The artwork for your project will also need to meet industry standard. Most common file type for cover design is JPEG (.jpg file). It should be 300dpi for printing and 72dpi for screen and digital use. Additionally, a square image of 3000 pixels by 3000 pixels. This is attainable in all major graphic design applications.
If you are not confident in your ability to create a good cover design – fret not. View Maniac is an industry leader in providing artwork design for major artists and record labels. Additionally, having designed over 5,000 projects View Maniac can deliver you industry quality work. Most noteworthy, we work with all genres and have a strong understanding for branding. For a quick turn-around, get started today!