Between music, graphics, and marketing, an Artist has a lot to consider while running their project. You can’t expect an expert producer—one who might clock 50 hour weeks in the studio or have another full-time job to double as an expert in Photoshop. Luckily, free tools are available on the internet to help musicians create captivating album artwork, such as Canva.
Canva is a free design website (www.canva.com) that lets you design beautiful album arts for your releases incredibly quickly, even if you don’t have design experience!
Before you start
Get started with Canva
To get started make an account on canva.com. The free account is perfectly fine for our purposes.
In the Canva search bar, select “CD Cover.” You’ll find the option to create album art from a blank page or a premade template.
With a blank template open, head over to the “Photos” tab and begin looking for a base image. For this cover, I decided on a dark, abstract background. Using the search tab is the best way to find photos that best match your music. Many of the images and elements in Canva are available for free; however, a pro subscription gives you access to nearly an unlimited amount of stock content.
After you’ve decided on a background, you could start adding elements like text, shapes, and more photos. To add text, click on the “Text” tab and insert a text box. Add the details of your song and shuffle through the hundreds of free fonts available on the platform.
It’s helpful to reference other album artwork to make sure your title, artist name, and additional required information are appropriately formatted.