With the advent of the internet and easy-to-use software, more and more bands and solo artists are choosing to create, produce and release CDs and other recordings of their music. They can distribute them on their own without having to use a middleman, meaning that more of the money they make stays in their own pocket. One part of this is creating the album art and then having it printed on to the CD cover. A printing company will be able to do this at a price that won’t dig too deeply into the artist’s wallet.
While it may be tempting for a musician to design the art on their own, unless they have a background in graphic design or are a professional photographer, it’s usually a better choice to have this done by someone who will be able to create something with a professional aura. After all, the cover is often the first impression a potential buyer has of the artist or group.
This same theory also holds true for the printing of the covers. While it can be done on a home computer, the results that can be obtained by using professional printing service are well worth it, and it can often be surprisingly affordable.
Releasing albums on an independent basis is a great way for up and coming musicians to break into the market. Taking care and spending a little bit to do this right is well worth the investment in the long run.