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What format must my cover art be?

When you make a release you really want to make sure you’re presenting the whole package in the best possible way, and that includes cover art! It may sound trivial, but people really do judge a book (or in this case, song) by its cover, and we wouldn’t want your hard work to be wasted with poor or incorrect cover art. Follow our instructions and specifications below to make sure getting your release online is a smooth process.

How can artwork be incorrect?

Each retailer and streaming service has very strict guidelines for the content and specifications of an artist’s album artwork. If you submit something that goes against these guidelines, we will be forced to reject your release until you have uploaded an image that meets the requirements.

What is the correct format for my cover art?

For the stores to accept your artwork it must be:

  • A JPG/JPEG/PNG file
  • A perfect square, ratio 1:1
  • At least 3000 x 3000 pixels
  • A large, high quality image

Your artwork cannot be:

  • Blurry
  • Pixelated
  • Misaligned
  • Oddly rotated

If you need to re-size your artwork and are not sure how, we recommend using picresize.com. It’s free and very easy to use on both PC and Mac. Go to the site and follow the steps to create your square image.

What is my artwork not allowed to contain?

The image can’t contain:

  • The name or logo of a retailer
  • Any registered trademarks
  • Copyrighted logo types
  • Content you don’t own the rights to
  • The word ‘exclusive’
  • Production credits
  • Any reference to physical packaging, or it being a digital product
  • No pricing
  • No pornogrpahic images or links to pornographic websites  
  • Any promotion for another product
  • Any misleading information (e.g. it can’t include another artist not featured in your music)
  • No reference to content that isn’t there
  • No websites or URLs
  • No offensive imagery or symbolism

If you’re going to feature your artist name and release title on your cover art, then make sure this text is the exact same as the text you entered when creating your release in Spinnup. We recommend keeping the text as minimal as possible – just your name and the title – and don’t abbreviate your artist name unless the abbreviation is included as part of an artist logo. Your artwork cannot include any production credits also, for example “Prod. by Dr Tre.”

It sounds like a lot, we know, but it’s always better to get it right the first time! If you’re not sure about any of this, or have further questions about cover art, then contact our support team here.

Feel free to explore our other FAQs here, or head back to the homepage.

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