What if I want custom illustrations or spot art?
Then you've come to the right place, we
not only do tight design, but we do killer illustrations and spot art (icons)
as well. A partial client list here here.
What is the layout process?
First we get an idea from you what you would like to see as a package. Does the package have a theme or a visually impacting title you would like us to work from? With your initial input we'll form a concept, get your approval on the design idea, and from there we'll do the image work - scanning, retouching, cropping, and color manipulation as needed. The layout then gets the type treatment which includes font selection and placement of all supplied text (Liner notes, Lyrics, credits, thank you's, track line-up, record label info, etc.). Finally we add the industry logos & graphics (barcode, record label logo if any, Parental Advisory, etc.) and send you a PDF proof before we finalize all the files into a Printer PDF or an 'In design' file for the printer.
How long will it take for the CD artwork to be completed?
Several things dictate the time-frame of a project:
What do I need to provide to you guys?
Before we start we need to get every working photo, logo, and image you want included on the package as well as all working and FINAL text (Liner notes, Lyrics, credits, thank you's, track line-up, record label info, etc.). Concept/idea sketches are welcome as well.
Photos and drawings for package use should be at 300 dpi (no smaller than 5.5" x 5.5") and saved in a TIFF format if possible. Logos are preferred as EPS (vector) files. You can submit everything to us on a disk. Please make sure we get a 'copy' of these photos and images, the originals should remain with you! We are able to scan some images for you, but it is limited to only one image per panel please. Also, if you are using a barcode, one should be obtained prior to our starting the job (see FAQ below).
Client is responsible for holding/procuring the rights and copyrights on ALL client supplied photographs, illustrations, logos, fonts, text, etc. We will NOT use copyrighted images that you or your band do not own!
Just a note: Although we do appreciate different views and ideas, we prefer to work with just one member of the band - it helps to keep the focus and energy from dispersing into too many directions at one time and potentially jeopardising the project.
How should I supply the needed text?
We prefer to receive the text In a Microsoft WORD file or a Mac .rtf text file - we can even get your text from an e-mail although e-mail programs sometimes change random characters so this is usually a last resort. It is the clients responsibility to SPELL CHECK the document THOROUGHLY before sending it to us, we will NOT be responsible for your misspellings! That includes slang! And be sure to double check the spelling of ALL names in your text as well (Credits, thank you's, etc.)!!!!
What if I want to make a change or changes during the design phase?
Once you have approved the concept and we've started in on the design, changes become difficult - but we offer an additional 1-hour of design/type changes to help you with last minute changes at no charge if you need it. We strive to deliver the project on time and on budget - but sometimes the client has major idea changes to a panel or panels that extend past the free 1-hour reworking time. We then have to charge extra for the additional time spent on the project (our working fee is $40. per hour) but any extra billing will be discussed with you fully before anything further is done.
Why is there a 50% deposit fee?
This is the industry standard. It also shows us that you are serious about the job and it protects us by acting as a non refundable 'kill fee' should you stop the project due to a band breakup or other unforeseen problem on the client end once we've started working on your CD art. The remaining 50% is due upon completion of the job (after you get the final proof but before we send the printer files).
What's the best way to pay you guys for the project?
PayPal, it allows you to use your Checking Account or a Credit Card -
we have an account with them and it's the easiest way to get the job rolling..
A Note about PayPal: It's safe,
fast and easy to use, and now you don't have to have an account to
use it. The menu option "Send Money" on their home page here allows
you to pay anyone with an e-mail address connected to a PayPal account.
Just enter our e-mail address and the amount you are sending along
with any special details or notes. You can use PayPal to pay with
a credit card, ATM or even send an electronic check.
What if I want a unique font as a band 'logo'?
Fonts can often act as a logo design and
create a 'branding' for a band (think DEF LEPPARD , KISS or even
the SEX PISTOLS) and because of this, fonts should not be taken lightly.
Any band without a 'mascot logo' or recognizable logo image (like the PRINCE
SYMBOL) should consider a font treatment to help with their branding. We
can work with you to find a unique font that fits your style or take it
a step further and design you a font based logo (think YES, METALLICA or
THE STROKES) see the FAQ LOGO DESIGN question below.
Can you guys do the photography too?
Yes & No. Yes, we do some photography,
mostly when prop and non-band cover photography is needed (we built
and shot the prop for the SKULL CONTROL CD cover and we procured
and shot the Scorpion for the CAGED CD as well as many package
shots for various CDs as needed to keep the theme flow).
How do I get a BarCode (UPC Code) for my CD?
Bar codes (UPC Codes) are not supplied
by us, they are usually supplied by the Record Label you are working with
or the CD Manufacturer you are using. Ask them to send you a high resolution
bar code for use on the CD package design. Several companies offer UPC
Codes at a small fee, one such company is www.cdbaby.net.
Also you can register directly with the Uniform Code Council (To find out
more about UCC membership, visit their web site at www.uc-council.org).
What if I need the art for a POD (self-publish Print On Demand) Site?
Today a lot of bands are going the way
of POD to self publish their CDs, this way they don't spend a fortune printing
thousands of product before a distributor is in line, or maybe they just
want the freedom of total control (something a record label may not offer).
Radiohead & Nine
Inch Nails are two major bands that have elected to go without signing
with a major label and have given a boost to the POD concept.
Can I get something in writing before we start?
We don't start a job without a signed contract - this protects both of us as it spells out in black & white what is expected. It's just good business!
What's so important about a good cover design anyway?
The thing to remember is the CD cover will
help make sales to those who are unfamiliar with a band's sound -
a very cool cover will make extra sales hands down (and in turn garnish
you with new fans). As written in the ALBUM ART book, "Album art
has become an essential part of the consumers experience when purchasing
and listening to an album. Now, the design of a band's album receives as
much attention as the actual recording process." Even iTunes
downloaders expect an cool image to come with their music purchase.
Do you guys also do band LOGO design?
Other interesting links:
HOW TO GET DISTRIBUTION: http://www.hiphoppalace.com/pages.cfm?ID=462
GET YOUR MUSIC HEARD ON THE RADIO (part of a good video series):
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