If it’s your first time to make artwork for a CD cover or CD packaging, then the best thing to do is to not do it yourself. Hire a legit CD packaging designer like the Dodds Sisters (they’re awesome)! But if you prefer to do it yourself, especially because they really are not so cheap, then at least hire a graphic designer.
However, not all of them are experienced with designing CD packaging. It’s better to read these very useful articles on CD packaging from concept to printing and shipping.
It isn’t as easy as finding a good image for your CD artwork, it requires a lot of thought and creativity if you really want your CD packaging to be impressive. It would be a pity to have really great music yet the packaging does not match its greatness. It all starts with the idea…a great concept.
You have to choose the right template, the required image size, and all that 100% or else you’ll have to redo everything.
There’s no need to use only the CD jewel case (although there are many ways to make them cool). You can use so many materials and printing options to customize your own CD packaging. Check out these articles:
MARKETING YOUR ALBUM PACKAGING
Remember, if you need any help with CD/DVD/vinyl packaging and pressing, we’re here to help you every step of the way!
We here at Unified are obsessed with beautiful CD packaging. We’ve been making creative releases since 2008 and lovely packaging has become an obsession of ours. We even have a Pinterest page dedicated to all things media packaging. If you want to make a really badass album with cool CD packaging, get a quote or shoot us an email.
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.