Things to Know When Designing Your Album Art
So, you’ve made an album, an EP or even a single and you’re ready to get it out there and stream it into as many peoples ears as possible. You’ve done everything yourself, you’ve recorded your own music, thrown down your own vocals and found a way to distribute it, but you don’t have an album cover. Maybe you think you don’t need one? Well that’s where you’re wrong, friend, you definitely do need one if you want people to pick up your stuff, despite it having no effect on your killer tracks whatsoever it matters.
Why Do You Need an Album Cover?
There’s a reason that the saying “don’t judge a book by its cover” exists, because it’s something we all do! Despite the saying people will always look to a cover for interest, if they see album art that they like they are surely going to be more interested by the music within it. It’s also a way to begin branding yourself, an opportunity that no artist should miss, it becomes a reflection of yourself and your music that people can associate with before they have even heard a single note of your songs.
What Does the Album Cover Say About You?
Here you have a chance to really express what your music is about. Try and create something that is reminiscent of your genre and your own interests, again people will be using what they see to find an immediate connection. And remember, this a piece of art that expresses a specific album, try and think about the music you’ve made and include any running themes you’ve created. It’s easy getting lost in trying to express something but odds are you’ve already done it in your music so simply relay those elements into something you like the look of. You’ve worked hard creating the album, create something worthy of all that effort and work.
One of the hardest things to do is simply getting started, coming up with a simple concept that says everything you’d like to say isn’t always so easy to come up with. Have a look at the art on some of your favourite albums, what drew you to them? What is it you like about them? Borrowing and getting ideas from other examples is not a bad thing, just don’t rip them off. The internet is a great place to inspiration, try searching for album covers on something like Pinterest, you’ll soon find yourself falling down the rabbit hole of image after image. It’s a great way to get inspiration, just make sure you keep an eye on the time, hours will pass without you realising. A great tip for designing something that peaks people’s interest is to try and figure out current trends in album designs, after all, you don’t want your cover to look dated. Unless of course you do, then check out the trends of the time you’re aiming for, you’ll want it to seem genuine if this is the case.