How To Make an Album Cover

August 30, 2017

Cover art format can be confusing, but it is important to get your music heard. A great image can help your music stand out.

You will want to make sure you have the right album cover size, dimensions, pixels, resolution, aspect ratio, and more to get your music on Spotify or iTunes. Luckily, TuneCore has you covered. Sign up for free and we can walk you through the whole process to get your music on over 150 stores.

We have a free cover art tool that will create cover art that meets all the specs. If you prefer to use your own art, we put together this checklist that breaks down requirements to get your album, CD, LP, or single cover in the right format.

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Here are the basic requirements your cover art file must meet to be accepted by iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music and more stores below:

Cover Art Requirements for Albums & Singles

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  • Dimensions / Pixel Size: At least 1600 x 1600 pixels, but 3000 x 3000 pixels is recommended
  • Size in Inches: 3000 x 3000 pixels at 300 dpi (which is 10 x 10 inches) is recommended
  • Resolution: at least 72 dpi, but 300 dpi is required for Amazon on Demand physical CD covers
  • Format: JPG, PNG, or GIF
  • Aspect Ratio: Must be a perfect square
  • Best quality RGB Color Mode (this includes black and white images). No blurry or pixelated images

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As noted above, making sure that your cover art is the right size – in shape, dimensions or pixels – is very important. Additionally, make sure you’re submitting your cover art in the right file format.

You will want to make sure you don’t include the following in your cover art:

  • Email addresses, URLS/websites, contact info (this includes social media handles), or pricing
  • Stickers from your artwork from a scanned copy of physical CD
  • Anything that suggests format of the release “CD, DVD, Digital Exclusive, disc”
  • Cut off text or images
  • An image that’s compressed into one corner with white space
  • Names of digital stores or their logos
  • Words that express temporality, like “new”, “latest single”, “limited edition” or “exclusive”
  • If you’re releasing a single ahead of a new album, the title of the single must be the release name, not the album.
  • Names of other artists in your artwork even if you are covering their song

Have a Booklet?

Do you have a digital booklet to include with your release? iTunes accepts digital booklets, and we can attach them for you so long as they meet iTunes’ specifications. Head over here for all the information you may need about booklets.

Still having trouble? Not all musical artists can be expected to be visual artists, too – that’s why TuneCore offers a library of free cover art images that meet all requirements.

With our free cover art tool, we provide you with a large library of cover art options at no additional cost, or you can upload your own image. If any errors are made on the cover art you submit to TuneCore, they will be flagged and a member of our Content Review team will reach out with instructions on how to fix them.

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Submit Your Release to Spotify, iTunes and More

Now that you’ve completed your cover art and met all of our formatting requirements, you’re good to tidy up the rest of your single or album release on TuneCore. That means providing all of your artist and songwriter information, selecting stores, uploading audio files, and submitting to distribute.

Keep an eye out for any potential emails from TuneCore regarding your release. TuneCore is here to help make sure your music sales are easy and successful!