An easy way to design your own cover art for your next digital album or single

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An easy way to design a cover for your next digital album or singleHave you ever uploaded a new song to CD Baby, SoundCloud, or Bandcamp, and then felt stumped when you’re asked to upload artwork?

You’re a musician, not a designer. You want to spend your time recording and performing, not figuring out Photoshop.

But you don’t have the budget to hire a pro designer either. What are you going to do? How long will this delay the distribution of your music? Frustrating!

Luckily, there’s no need to relive that feeling. Now you can use TAD (the “Thumbnail Art Design” app) on iPhone or iPad to create quick, high quality sleeve artwork to accompany your online releases — and you can export the images at the appropriate resolution for each digital platform.

I played around on the app over the holiday weekend and it’s really easy to use. You can either begin with a classic album cover design template, or start from scratch.

Then, use a photo from your phone or pick one from the TAD library, add a logo and text, select the font, choose frames, filters, and other elements (like a Parental Warning Advisory!) and presto — your album cover art is done!

Within minutes, you’re ready to share your music (and its corresponding artwork) with the world.


TAD launched in the App Store today — and, for a limited time, is available for free (between December 1st-14th). After that it will be available for $1.99, with in-app purchases for additional fonts and art elements.

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